Most Common Roofing Materials

Most common roofing material - Shelter Roofing and Solar

When choosing roofing materials, you always need to consider lifespan. The more durable the materials you choose, the more assured you’ll be. In this post, Shelter Roofing helps you discover the most common roofing materials.

One question that this post also answers is “do I have to use the same material that was previously on my home roof?”

So without further ado, let’s get started.

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Four Common Roofing Materials

Your choice of roofing materials determines the overall appearance of your home. It’s important that your roof is equally as appealing as your home interior décor.

The roofing materials most used by roofing companies include:

Composite Asphalt Shingles

One of the most popular roofing materials is the composite asphalt shingle. Also known as composition shingles, this roofing material comprises either a fiberglass or an organic base.

This roofing material is available is many styles and colors and only a professional contractor can help you make the best choice.

The composition shingle roof has a long lifespan which ranges between 15 and 40 years. Nonetheless, be careful to choose high-quality shingles and avoid walking on the roof, as they can give way.

The costs of the material and installation are relatively affordable. Interestingly, our team at Shelter Roofing is always happy to install Class A Fire Rated composition roofs.         

Concrete Tile

Areas which are prone to tornadoes, earthquakes, hurricanes, and other natural disasters require concrete tile roofs.

Such roofs cannot get damaged by such disasters and they make an excellent choice during warm climates.

Clay Tile

Shelter Roofing provides a variety of clay and concrete tiles. We’re aware of the need for you to have an integrated system which also guarantees maximum ventilation.

Clay tile roofing materials are low-cost and fire resistant. They are nonetheless heavy and would require roof reinforcement to support their weight. Yet, they are appealing and easy to maintain.

Further, clay tile roofs are regarded as the longest-lasting roofing material because they can last up to 10 decades.   

Slate Shingles

For areas with frigid winter temperatures, the slate shingles are a perfect choice of roofing material.

Besides the fact that they can last up to 100 years, they are damage resistant and idea for regions prone to floods or other natural disasters. However, slate shingles are expensive and heavy.


Now that you know the most common roofing materials in the roofing industry, you can make an informed choice. Speak with your roofing company and be sure that you’re getting a roofing material with the most suitable color, style, and finishes.

Shelter Roofing installs composition shingle, concrete and clay tile roofs, flat roof systems, and energy-rated roof systems.

Get in touch with us on 805-523-2461 for additional information on installation and repairs. You can also follow us on Facebook for the latest updates on roofing materials.