Types of Roofing Material

roofing la plata mdWhen it is time to replace your roof, you can change the look of your house depending on the type and color of roofing material you choose. A new roof will also add to your home’s value so that needs to be taken into consideration. To explain your options and the costs involved, contact us for roofing in La Plata, MD and the surrounding areas. Here are the common types of roofing materials.


Asphalt is a popular choice and consists of a fiberglass base infused with asphalt to provide waterproofing. Granules of ceramic, stone, slate, quartz or other similar materials make up the outer coating. The shingles are easy to install and last 20 to 25 years. They do well in all types of weather but extreme weather will shorten their life.


Slate is expensive but it can last 100 years or more. It resists fire, is very strong, and comes in a variety of colors and styles. It requires professional installation and requires extra support since it is very heavy.

Ceramic tiles are also durable and they do not fade easily. They are fireproof and can last 50 or more years. They are not as strong as slate, do not stand up to extreme weather as well, and break easily.

Clay and concrete tiles are heavy and require expertise when installing. They are fireproof, last up to 50 years, and complement Mediterranean, Spanish, and Mission style houses.

Wood and Shake

These shingles are a natural roofing material made from cedar, southern pine, or redwood. Their life span is about 30 years and they add a rustic look to a house. They do not do well in areas with high humidity or a lot of rainfall.


Metal roofing materials come in shingles and panels. They are made of copper, stainless steel, aluminum, lead, or zinc. Metal roofs do well in extreme weather and can be recycled. They are durable, lightweight, reflect sunlight, and can last up to 75 years.