Today’s roofing materials represent many cultures and historical eras. Not long ago, people chose roofing materials based on what best suited the local climate. New roofing technologies have changed that.
For example, some types of roof materials found in Cincinnati look like they should be in Arizona, not Ohio. But the red clay roofing tile look of homes in the Southwest can easily be replicated by more durable materials like metal and concrete.
What follows is a roofing materials list showing what you might see covering homes in the U.S. today. Roofing material suppliers don’t necessarily carry all or most of them. But they do spark the imagination.
Asphalt composite shingles are the most popular and cheapest roofing materials available. Driving around our city, you’ll see a lot of asphalt composite shingles on homes.
Still, a distant second to asphalt composite, metal roofing materials are strong and durable and have many other benefits. Here are the main metal roofing materials:
Homes with metal roofing materials have skyrocketed in recent years, with steel, aluminum, and tin costing the least. Copper and zinc are pricier. Metal roofs also come in a wide variety of styles and configurations.
Natural and Composite Stone or Clay
These long-lasting materials either are or derive from stone. Thus, they generally hold up well to the elements, even in harsh weather.
Clay Tiles: Still found primarily in the Southwest and Florida, these tiles reflect the Spanish influence, and some clay-tile roofs have held up for centuries.
Stone Slate: Although it’s hardly the cheapest roofing material, you can expect your beautiful slate roof to last for a century or more.
Concrete Tile: Since concrete is versatile and durable, it can be molded or stamped to mimic most other types of roof materials.
Wood roofing is costlier and requires more maintenance than most other roofing materials. Wood’s look and natural qualities convince many homeowners to install it on their houses, even so. Cedar shakes and shingles are by far the most common.
What’s referred to as “rubber roofing” is actually synthetic rubber—which is more durable than natural rubber and lasts a long time. Unfortunately, some types of synthetic rubber are not healthy for the environment.
Polymer-modified bitumen sheet membranes are synthetic roofing materials for flat or low-slope roofs. Mainly used in commercial applications, it boasts several beneficial qualities.
Non-Traditional Roofing Materials
We couldn’t end without mentioning green roofs—perhaps the most eco-friendly roofing of all. These are still hard to find, though, and it’s easy to understand why: they cost more to install and call for extensive maintenance.
Green roofs have many benefits. Not the least is providing green spaces where they might not be available otherwise (e.g., skyscrapers’ tops). But the concept hasn’t yet penetrated the North American mindset.
Another non-traditional roofing type is rubber slate tile or shingles, made from 75% rubber from recycled tires. Although this material has some drawbacks, it’s benefits are numerous. For example, it’s impact-resistant, easy to install, and low cost.
Your Many Roofing Options
As you can see, there’s more to the world of roofing materials than what’s evident in most of today’s neighborhoods. But as times change, so do the roofs. Among other things, we believe the future will see more energy-efficient and eco-friendly roofs.
We don’t install all of these types of roof materials (yet). But Gold Peak Roofing is the best Cincinnati roofing company you’ll find. Contact us today for an estimate on our roofing or other services.