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6 Types of Roofing for Your Residential Space

6 Types of Roofing for Your Residential Space

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  • Residential Space
  • April 4, 2023

Choosing the right roof for your home is an important decision. If you are in the process of building or remodeling, it’s a good idea to get a professional opinion before starting. There are many different types of roofing materials available, each with their own benefits and drawbacks. 

Some roofs may be better suited for certain climates than others, while others may require specific maintenance procedures or might need additional support from other parts of your house (e.g., underlayment).

Composition shingle

Composition shingles are the most common type of roofing. They’re made from wood pulp and have a smooth, flat surface that allows them to be installed in a variety of styles and colors. Composition shingles are available in three basic varieties:

Shingle – These are the most commonly used type of composition shingle, and they come in two different widths: standard (1/2″) or narrow (3/4″). Standard-width compositions tend to be more durable than their narrower cousins because they have a thicker layer of material between each individual piece; however, if you want something that will last longer than usual then go for this option!

Modified bitumen – This is similar but slightly thinner than regular asphalt shingles; however it still offers excellent protection against moisture penetration at an affordable price point compared with other types such as steel or vinyl.


Tile is a popular choice for a roof because it’s easy to install, easy to clean and durable. Tile roofs are also fireproof, waterproof and nonporous (meaning no permeable materials like asphalt). This means that if you have an issue with your roof’s material deteriorating over time, tiles will not cause problems in this area.


Slate is a natural material that’s used to cover homes in many parts of the world. It’s also an excellent choice for homes in cold climates, as slate can withstand cold temperatures better than other roofing materials. In hot climates, slate will help reduce the amount of heat that gets trapped inside your home by reflecting it back out into the environment.

Slate is a great choice for homes in wet climates because it has excellent moisture resistance and won’t warp or rot if exposed to water over time (for example: after heavy rainfalls). If you live near lakes or rivers that flood regularly every year then you might consider using this type of roofing material on your home instead!

Metal roofing (slate)

Metal roofing is a good choice for homes that are not in a cold climate. It’s also a good choice for homes that are not in a windy climate and don’t get much rain or snow. Metal roofs can be made of copper, aluminum or zinc; however, if you live in an area with lots of snowfall or hail storms (which are both common in northern climates), then you should probably go with something more durable like slate instead.

EPDM rubber roofing

EPDM rubber roofing is a good choice for homes with low-slope roofs and high winds. The material is also resistant to water, snow and ice, which means it can handle heavy loads without cracking or breaking down. However, EPDM roofs require more maintenance than other types of rubber because they’re made from a non-synthetic substance that’s susceptible to wear and tear over time.

If you want your home’s roof to last as long as possible and if you live in an area where there are high winds or heavy snows, you should consider installing an EPDM rubber membrane on top of your existing shingles instead of just adding another layer underneath them. 

Sub-roofing (e.g., concrete)

If you’re looking to add some insulation and warmth to your home, concrete is a good choice. Concrete is durable and waterproof, which means it can withstand weather conditions that could damage other materials. It’s also fireproof—a plus if you live in an area prone to wildfires.

And while concrete may not be as visually appealing as other options (like brick), the price tag makes up for it: Concrete offers excellent value when compared with other materials like wood or stone.

Choosing the right roof for your home is an important decision.

Final Words

Now that you’ve read through all of these roofing options, we hope that you feel more confident in your ability to choose the right roof for your home. A lot of thought needs to go into this decision and it’s a good idea to get as many opinions from people who know what they are talking about before making any decisions. 

 Hopefully, this guide has given you some insight into what kinds of roofs there are out there so that when the time comes for an actual purchase (or renovation), we hope you will have a little less stress knowing exactly what kind of roof might work best for your situation!

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