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What Type of Roof Should You Choose for Residential Roofing?

types of roofs

You probably don’t spend a lot of time worrying about the roof of your house. Usually the only time we get a call from a client is when the roof is damaged or leaking. And while the main purpose of the roof is to cover and weather-proof the building, don’t underestimate the effect that roofing can have on the style and appearance of your home.

A wide range of roofing materials are available out there, and they are all ideal for both new construction and re-roofing of existing homes. The type of roof you select will depend on a variety of factors, including the architectural design of your home and your personal preference and budget. You should also remember where you live, considering that certain styles of roofs are more prevalent in certain regions of the world.

Our team at RVA have listed down some of the most popular residential roofing materials that will help you select the perfect roof for your home.

Types of Roofs & Roofing Materials for Your Home:

Asphalt Shingles

To claim that asphalt shingles are common is a major understatement: more than 75% of US homes are covered with asphalt roofing. And here’s why: it’s inexpensive, it installs easily, comes in many colors, is remarkably robust, and several brands have up to 40 years of warranty.

There are two basic styles of asphalt shingles: organic shingles and fiberglass shingles. The organic form is cheaper and available from more producers. These fiberglass-reinforced shingles last longer, are lighter in weight and more fire-resistant. You can buy all kinds of really good — and not-so-good — types of roofing materials. Let the price be an indication of quality when shopping.

Metal roofing

Metal roofing has become highly popular in recent years — cutting into the market for asphalt shingles — and this is why: metal roofing is extremely durable, recyclable, quickly built, comes in many colors, and easily discards snow and ice. And, it looks fantastic in a range of home types.

The traditional metal roofing material consists of long, overlapping panels extending from the top of the roof to the eaves. The panels are also made from aluminum, steel, zinc or copper. The most popular types are standing seams and corrugated sheets. Many homeowners choose a standing-seam roof as the adjacent panel covers the fasteners. The screw heads are exposed to a corrugated metal roof. New generations of interlocking metal panels that look like wood shingles, slate, and clay tiles are also available these days.


Although there are roofing materials that look like slate, none of them can compare to the real thing. Natural slate has an established track record as a first-class roofing material for the residential roofing system. Slate is highly durable, fireproof, mildew-resistant and can easily last 100 years or longer if properly mounted.


Timeless and classic- wood has been the main choice for decades, and it is still a good option when it comes to different types of roofs, although fire codes prohibit its use in certain areas. Typically made of cedar, redwood, or southern pine, shingles are either sawn or broken. They have a 25-year life expectancy (like asphalt shingles) but cost an average of twice as much.

Tile and Cement

Half-cylinder tile roofs are common in Spanish Colonial and Mission styles; cement and some metal roofs imitate the wavy effect of tiles. They’re all costly, very robust, and they seem to be very heavy roof types for homes.

Tips on Choosing the Roofing Material

More often than not, if you are remodeling, the choice of roofing material will be dictated by the current roof of the building. If you consider other choices, you would want to consider not only the cost but also the color, texture, weight and reliability of your residential roof types, as well as what has historically been used in homes like yours.

Installation Guidelines

Whatever your option of roofing surface, you’re probably going to need a flash and this is how we do it. Flashing is a vital part of all exterior work, both on the roof and on the siding. Flashing is metal (aluminum or copper, often lead) or plastic film. It is applied in strips to areas where various materials are adjacent, such as the intersection of the masonry chimney and the roofing shingles, where the siding is adjacent to the window frames, and so on.

It is always better to get your roof replacement done by professional roofing company in Richmond, VA. Usually when you try your own hands on it you might end up causing more damage or doing things incorrectly. So, contact us on (804) 263-7190 today for a one-time professional roof replacement, installation or repair.

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