Ready for a Roof Upgrade? Here are Some Varieties You Should Consider

Whether it’s time to replace your roof or you are building a new home, now is the perfect time to consider a roof upgrade. There are a wide variety of products that can take your roof from ordinary to extraordinary. At Coastal Roofing & Sheetmetal Co., they have 13 years of experience managing a variety of roofing projects. They install roofs in a variety of styles and colors to make a bold architectural statement to your home.


When you think of a roof, asphalt shingles are probably the first style that come to mind. They are the most common choice installed in homes because they are inexpensive and widely accessible. Their low cost isn’t the only reason they are so popular. As a mixture of asphalt reinforced with fiberglass, they are extremely weather resistant, too. You will find them in many colors and class durability styles to give your home a custom look.

Key Attributes:

  • Easy to install
  • Cost effective
  • 20 to 30 year lifespan


Some people opt for sheets of aluminum, steel, copper, or an alloy stamped into shingle sheets. These are an energy efficient choice since they reflect sunlight, rather than absorbing it. Many homeowners who install metal shingles enjoy a lower electric bill, too. Their durability makes them resistant to rain, wind, and fire, making them a great choice for homes in regions with turbulent weather. However, because the shingles are made of metal, rain and hail can sound louder, and the surface may show visible signs of damage from hail.

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Key Attributes:

  • Energy efficient by reflecting sunlight
  • Beautiful and eye-catching look
  • 40 to 80 year lifespan


Clay shingles are a popular choice for Spanish-style homes. Clay is molded into semi circle shaped tiles, typically in earth tones, to form these shingles. It’s important to note that these tiles are significantly heavier than any other shingle option on the market. If you are considering a clay roof, consult a structural engineer to make sure your home can withstand the additional weight. Your roof will likely need an underlying frame installed to support the tiles. Clay tiles may require a significant investment, but they are incredibly long lasting and will absolutely turn heads.

Key Attributes:

  • Very durable and weather resistant
  • Incredibly unique option
  • 50 to 100 year lifespan


If you are looking for a unique upgrade that won’t break the bank, wood is a great choice. Typically priced at a midway point between asphalt and clay, wood has a natural look of unparalleled beauty. Wood shingles are made from durable materials such as spruce, cedar, and pine that are easy to keep clean with a power washer. Most varieties, however, don’t hold up well in extreme weather. So if you live in either a hot and dry climate, or receive a lot of rain, you should consider another type of roofing shingle.

Key Attributes:

  • Beautiful, natural looking shingles
  • Mid-level price range
  • 25 year lifespan


Slate shingles are definitely a conversation piece. They don’t come in a variety of options, as other roofing selections do. But what they lack in variety, they make up for in beauty. Slate is heavy, so, in the same way a clay roof is an investment, a slate roof is as well. If your house can withstand the extra weight, you will probably need the structural support frame installed for a slate roof. These tiles are also some of the hardest varieties to work with, but by working with a knowledgeable professional, your roof will be able to withstand almost anything.

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Key Attributes:

  • Incredibly unique look of stone
  • Low risk of leaks
  • 60 to 150 year lifespan


Composite shingles are a great option because they mimic the look of other shingles at a fraction of the price. These are manufactured from polymer, plastic, or rubber and sold in a variety of colors, textures, and durability classes. If you want the look of wood, but it won’t stand up to your climate, composite wood shingles could be what you are looking for. Since slate is hard to work with, you may find a roofer who can install a slate alternative instead. This way, you don’t have to sacrifice beauty for function.

Key Attributes:

  • Mimics the look of other popular shingles
  • Saves a significant amount of money over natural shingles
  • 50 year lifespan or more

When considering the material for your next roofing job, don’t just look at price alone. A low-cost roof may be attractive, but you get what you pay for. So, consider how often you are likely to make repairs or need to replace your roof in the future, as well.

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