Which Roofing Material Should I Choose?

If you are making a decision about what type of materials to use on your roof, this quick guide will help you narrow down your choices! We are the Richmond Hill roofing experts, and we want to help you make the right choice when selecting the finishing touch for your home. When choosing materials for our warm, coastal climate, factors to consider might be aesthetics, longevity and quality of the material, price of the installation and cost of the
materials, along with the cooling properties of the roofing materials. The most common roof materials are:

Asphalt Shingles

This is the most widely-recognized type of residential roofing material. When you think of asphalt shingles, you probably instantly think of the sandpaper-like feeling. Usually, the two categories for asphalt shingles are either the standard version, or a higher-quality laminated shingle, that can last up to 25 years. There are lighter colors available to help with heat absorption, and the quality is much improved from the 1970’s version that you probably grew up with!

Photovaltaic (“PV”) Solar Panels

This option is for those of you who have always wanted to beat the power company! All joking aside, these panels have been known to increase home values, and absolutely will lower your long-term utility costs. Additionally, there are usually tax credits or other financial incentives that reward you for making this choice such as Chatham county. How it works with the power company is that your panels absorb sunlight and are connected to your power grid. The power company issues you a credit if you sell them back more power than you use every month!


Wood (or “shake”) shingles are used to achieve a rustic look or to keep the historic integrity of an older home. This style is more popular in the Northwest and Northeastern sections of the United States. When you think of these types of houses, you may have an image of a classic Craftsman-style home or a New England Cape Cod home. In many cases, local fire codes will not allow these materials to be used any longer. If you like the effect, you can purchase synthetic shingles instead of cedar to meet fire code requirements.


This is one of the most expensive, yet durable options. Slate can last for hundreds of years, and Europeans have been using natural, earth-toned shades of slate tiles to keep their homes cools for centuries. Slate is known for being very difficult to install, so you must carefully choose your contractor when moving forward with a slate roof.


When you think of Florida homes or Spanish style homes in the Southwest, tile is usually the signature finishing touch that makes these home styles instantly recognizable. The overall effect might be a rolled or wavy look in each tile. One thing to bear in mind about tile is that it is very heavy, and your home may not be structured to handle the weight. Tiles can be composed of clay, concrete, or even slate.


Metal can be an option to achieve the same look as tile or shake-style homes, and can last as long as 50 years, surviving successfully through severe storms. Metal roofs are typically installed with either panels or shingles. Metal is still considered rather progressive, but vertical panels have been enjoying some popularity in new home construction over the past few years. When deciding on what type of materials will be the best fit for your home, we recommend that you view the different options in person. This is especially important when it comes to color selection. Also, we recommend that you talk to your neighbors about the types of materials they have chosen and what their experience has been to get a better idea of how the different styles and quality of products will impact your family. We are always happy to hear from you and answer any questions you have about selecting roof materials.

Call us at 912-257-8525!