What Materials Suit Your Roofing Needs?

Each roofing material comes with advantages and disadvantages.

When it comes to roofing, there are plenty of options, ranging from asphalt shingles to clay tiles and metal roofs.

Each roofing material comes with pros and cons. Here’s a look at some of them for common materials.

Asphalt shingles

Asphalt shingles are the most common roofing materials. According to Roofing Calculator, asphalt shingles are used on more than 70 percent of the single-family homes in the U.S. That’s to be expected, since shingles are the most affordable option. Asphalt shingles are made from either paper fiber mat or fiberglass. The cost of shingles is inexpensive to moderate, depending upon quality. They offer good fire resistance and fair wind resistance.

Metal roofs

Metal roofs are made with steel, aluminum, copper, or zinc alloy. They come in either sheets or shingles and may be made with recyclable material. Metal roofs range in price from moderate for steel to expensive for copper. Advantages to such roofs are their durability, fire resistance and wind resistance. Metal roofs have been gaining in popularity in recent years.

Clay tile

Clay tiles are made by firing clay in a kiln and provide a classic Spanish or Italian look. This roofing material is durable, but brittle, and tends to cost more than many other materials. Clay tile provides excellent resistance to fire damage and fair to low wind resistance, according to Today’s Homeowner.

Concrete tile

Like clay tiles, less expensive concrete tiles are durable and low-maintenance. They also provide excellent fire resistance and fair to low wind resistance. The cost is moderate.


Slate, made from natural slate rock, is very durable and resistant to both fire and wind. Like concrete and clay tile, it’s heavy, requiring a solid frame to support it. It’s also quite expensive.

David Bange Roofing specializes in the installation of flat, metal, slate and concrete tile roofs for commercial and residential applications in South FLorida. Including West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, and Miami

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