The Most Popular Roofing Materials

By October 30, 2020 No Comments

There are many roofing materials to choose from when updating your roof. Things to consider when choosing your new roofing material include pricing, weight, and the lifespan of materials. Below we have provided a short rundown of the most popular roofing materials. 

Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt shingles are one of the most popular residential roofing materials used in the United States. These shingles are popular due to ease of installation and price. Asphalt shingles can be found in a variety of colors and are one of the least expensive roofing materials available. Although this material has a shorter lifespan than other roofing materials, this style is common among most suburban-style homes. 

Metal Roofing

Another popular roofing material is metal. Metal roofing is great for resisting extreme weather conditions. There are two ways this roofing can be installed, panels and shingles. This material can be found in aluminum, copper, stainless steel, and zinc. Metal roofs give off a sleek, modern look, with the only major downfall being they are relatively expensive. 


Slate adds beauty and elegance to your roof. This material can be found in shades of purple, black, grey, and red. Slate is very durable, can be fire-resistant, and is even recyclable. One con about this material is that it is very heavy and expensive. 

Wood Shingles and Shakes

Another classic material most roofing companies offer are wood shingles and shakes. Most wood shakes are handmade and have a rougher look than wood shingles. The rustic look of this material is very natural and recyclable. Unfortunately, fire codes in some areas prohibit the use of wood shingles and shakes. It’s also important to note that since the material is primarily wood, it is more prone to mold, split or rot. 

Synthetic Roofing Products

Synthetic shingles are a newer, popular material for roofs. This product includes rubber and plastic to give you the color, look, and texture of a more natural-looking shingle. These shingles are not as fragile, heavy or expensive as natural products. However, these products can absorb more water than most shingles and the quality varies depending on your location. 

Although there are many more roofing materials out there, we hope the rundown of these 5 types has given you a look into which one is right for your home. If you are in the Omaha/ Siouxland area and need help with your roof– Royalty Roofing is here for you. Call today or fill out our form online to schedule a free inspection

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