Roofing Materials

Roof covering is the most customizable part of your roof. Shingles and shake can come in all shapes, sizes, materials, and colors. This means all different types of prices too. At Versatile Roofing Ltd., we will give you an overview of the most common types of roofing material, hopefully assisting you in selecting roof covering that is right for both your tastes, climate needs, and budget.

The most common types of roofing materials for residential structures are: asphalt shingles, wood shingles and shakes, metal roofs, tile, slate and composite coverings.


One well known choice of roof style is the concrete roofing tile. These can neither come in clay or concrete rooftile. A lot of homes are done in Spanish or Mediterranean style that appears quite surprising with the Mediterranean rooftile. In several places of the country, the ceramic rooftile is very typical. It has its own expensive and unique looking presence. In the southwest area of the country, landscape is usually associated with tile shingles, providing a distinctive and particular look to the place.

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This is the most commonly used and least expensive roof covering material. Asphalt roofing materials consist of either a rag fiber or a fiberglass mat impregnated with asphalt and covered with colored mineral granules. A wide variety of designs, weights, colors and sizes are available.

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In recent times, the advantages of using metal roofing materials have been discovered by both home builders and home owners. The number of people using these materials has risen in the last ten years and the demand has caused the increased distribution of these materials on the marketplace.

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Shingles made of cedar, cypress or red wood are highly rot-resistant and may last 30 to 35 years if properly installed and maintained. The best wood roofing materials are pressure-treated with wood preservatives. When considering home safety, it is wise to note that wood shingles and shakes are more highly combustible than the other roofing materials available. If a wood shingle is your choice, look for one treated with fire-retardant chemicals.


Reasoning for the huge demand and popularity of composite shingles is due to their high durability. They last much longer than conventionally used materials. This can be proved by the fact that, composite shingles have generally a warranty term of about 30 to 50 years. In fact some manufacturers have such trust on their composite shingles that they even claim a lifelong warranty. This is quite an impressive statement given that roof shingles are exposed to such rough treatment on your roof top. So you can well imagine the quality of products yourself.