Composition shingles are also known asphalt shingles. This type of shingle is the most common by far, and the reason for this is because of the price. This type costs the least, is low maintenance and durable.
Wood shingles look great, which is their biggest attraction, but are expensive and very high maintenance. Unless the roof is pressure treated, they have a very poor fire rating. The upside to this type of roof is that it is very easy to repair or replace and it is a good insulator.
Metal roofs are light weight, fireproof, and durable. As with any roof you need a professional installer but they do come in many different colors and have a long life span. One of the few downsides to think about when considering having a metal roof installed is the expense, it may need repainting over some time. Some people think that the roofs are not as attractive as other choices, but how often do you see your roof?
Tile and slate roofs are similar. They are both fireproof, easy to maintain and have a long life span. These are popular because of their beauty and durability, but are extremely expensive and heavy. If you have an older home, your roof may not be strong enough to withhold the weight of such heavy substances.
All of these factors make the decision difficult. But after weighing the pros and cons, it shouldn’t be hard to find the type of roofing material which is right for your house.