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Many Styles. What to Look for in a Roof.

From natural materials like slate and wood to manmade products such as asphalt, sheet metal, and plastic polymers; there are more types and styles of roofing to choose from today than ever before. Each has its advantages and shortcomings, but all can add a distinctive design element to your home.

What to Look for in a Roof

  • How long will it last?
  • Does it hold up during natural disasters?
  • Does the roof have enough slope?
  • Will the look complement the style of the house?
  • Are the materials eco-friendly and recyclable?
  • Is the type of roofing allowed by local building codes?
  • How much does it cost?


Asphalt Composition Shingles – the most popular type of roofing for homes, comprising over 80% of residential roofing market.  There are two types of asphalt shingles – Three Tab or Architectural.  Three tab shingles are a lower cost option but they can also be more susceptible to storm related damages like hail and wind.  Architectural shingles offer a staggered or 3D layer effect giving you a more sophisticated look and hold up better to the elements.

Metal – more expensive than asphalt, metal roofing lasts longer and is more wind resistant. May be composed of steel, aluminum, copper, or zinc alloy. Steel roofs come with either a zinc coating or painted finish. Copper roofs are installed unfinished and acquire a protective green patina with age.

Plastic Polymer – durable synthetic roofing shingles that resemble either wood shakes or slate.

Clay Tile – While brittle and heavy, clay tiles can last a long time and are very fire resistant.

Concrete Tile – Less expensive than clay tiles, concrete roof tiles are also heavy but can last a long time and are very fire resistant.

Slate – one of the oldest roofing materials. Though brittle and expensive, it is very durable and resists both wind and fire.

Wood Singles and Shakes – made from rot resistant woods have low fire resistance unless treated.

We will provide a complementary 3D View of your new roof so you’ll know what to expect before we get started!  Click Here for a sample roof here in Northern Virginia.