Roofing Materials For A Newly Built Home

24 April 2023
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Consider the use value and resistance rating of various roofing materials. Then, compare costs associated with a roof installation project. These steps will help you select a budget-friendly roofing style that will provide your new home with the level of protection you desire.

Common Materials

  • Asphalt shingles
  • Wooden shingles
  • Wooden shakes
  • Tiles
  • Metal panels

Asphalt Shingles

An asphalt shingle consists of a fiberglass mat that contains an asphalt coating. Mineral granules are mixed in with the asphalt. Asphalt shingles are rated for fire and hail resistance. The classification for each asphalt type will factor into the cost of a bundle of shingles.

Some shingles contain zinc or copper-coated granules. Zinc and copper are resistant to algae growth. Shingles that contain either type of mineral are classified as algae-resistant roofing materials.

Wooden Products

Wooden shingles are mechanically engineered. Wooden shakes are manually engineered. Cedar and redwood are two popular wood varieties that wooden shingles and shakes are made of. Wooden products are durable but do not work well as roofing materials in fire-prone regions. 


Clay and concrete tiles are fireproof. Tiles possess many shapes and thicknesses. Tiles tend to be much heavier than other roofing materials. A contractor will need to assess the building style of a home to determine if the building materials can adequately support the weight of a tile rooftop.

Metal Panels

Metal panels are long lasting and energy efficient. They are highly resistant to fires. Metal panels are often used on commercial structures. Metal panels are often used in regions where high winds are common.


Many types of roofing materials can be customized. The shape, color, and texture of a roofing material can be selected when ordering new roofing materials. A contractor will assess a house and recommend a roofing design that will feature a steep slope or a low slope.

A contractor will factor in the weather variables that are common in the region where a roofing installation will be performed. Homes that are in regions where natural disasters occur will benefit by having roofing materials that are extremely durable installed on them.

A roofing contractor will supply the cost of various types of roofing materials. One way to determine which roofing product to purchase is by comparing the square footage cost that a contractor charges.

The installation of roofing materials that contain fire-resistant properties or algae-resistant properties may cost a considerable amount more per square foot than less resilient roofing materials.

Contact a company like JM General Contractor LLC to learn more.