How To Choose The Best Type Of Roof For Your Needs



The materials that are used on your roofing will affect the energy efficiency of your building. There are many different types of roofing materials to choose from, here are some useful tips to choose the one best for you.

 Things to Consider

When deciding on a new roof system here are that we need to consider:

  • Will special framing be needed due to the weight of the material?
  • Will special maintenance be needed?
  • Does the roofing material meet the fire codes?
  • What is the cost of the roof, the lifespan, and is there a warranty?
  • Will the materials be able to stand up to the weather?
  • Has the materials been used for at least 10 years?

This will help you determine which roofing materials that best fit you. A new roof will protect your building from different weather conditions like the rain, sun and heat.

Types of Roofing Material

The outer most layer of the roof will be covered with the weatherproofing material. It must be able to withstand the Los Angeles heat. Materials will vary between residential and commercial use.

Wood or Asphalt Shingles

Shingles is the general term used for a roofing material with overlapping edges.

Asphalt Singles

This is the most common roofing material. It is made from bitumen which has an organic or fiberglass base. It is usually covered with a gritty material. It is often cheaper than other materials and faster to install.

  • Pros– easy to install, inexpensive, readily available, comes in different colors
  • Cons– Last up to 25 years with proper maintenance. Does not provide as good of insulation as other roofing materials.

Wood Shingles

This type of shingle is made from cedar or pine. Looks nice as it naturally ages.

  • Pros– all natural. The roof can last up to 30 years.
  • Cons– These singles may be prohibited based on fire code regulations. In area prone to wet the shingles may grow mild, rot, or split.

Clay and Concrete Tiles

These tiles are durable and look really nice.

  • Pros– Roof can last up to 50 years and is energy efficient.
  • Cons– Roofing materials are expensive and additional framing is often needed.

Metal Roofing

This roofing will hold up to extreme weather conditions. It is lightweight and recyclable. This material is great for contemporary or cottage homes.

  • Pros– this material is durable and can last up to 75 years. It works well if you want to harvest rainwater.
  • Cons– This roof is very expensive.


This material comes in many different colors and is visually appealing.

  • Pros– this material is fire resistant and can last up to 100 years. Slate can also be recycled.
  • Cons– Slate is very expensive to install and additional framing is needed. The quality of slate can also vary based on where it is imported from.

Synthetic Roofing

There are many options available if you are looking for synthetic roofing. This roofing can be designed to look like wood or slate. It is durable and easy to take care of. Rubber shingles which are made from recycled tires are becoming very popular. If you are looking to have a synthetic roof installed look at other areas with this roof to make sure they have stood the test of time.

  • Pros– Roofing is not expensive and comes with a 50 year warranty.
  • Cons– Many versions of this roof are too new to undergo longevity testing.

Do Some Research

When researching the material for your new roof be sure to about any warranties and find out as much information as possible about the material. The National Roofing Contractors Association will often send out product samples and will provide information such as brochures from the manufacturer. If you have any questions about the roofing materials or you would like a free quote for your new roof be sure to call ADCO Roofing today. We can help you get through the process of having a new roof installed.

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