Previously, we talked about how you have the freedom to choose the roof you have based on your preferences and needs, which may include:

  • Aesthetics
  • Fire Safety
  • Longevity
  • Wind Resistance
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Going Green

We also briefly touched on the material of shingles you can use to protect your home or business. In this second part of this two-part series, we are going to go further in-depth on the material of shingles you can use.


Asphalt shingles are made of asphalt reinforced by fiberglass or organic materials like wood or cellulose. Asphalt shingles are sold in multiple sizes and colors — one is a thicker, multi-layered “dimensional” variety, and the other is a flatter, single-layered “three-tab” variety.

These types of shingles are the least expensive and most widely available and last 15 to 30+ years depending on any accidents and weather. More than 80% of residential roofs are made of asphalt shingles, making these the most popular type of roof around. Those aren’t the only reasons they’re popular, though: Asphalt shingles are also waterproof, fireproof, and resilient in small to moderate hail storms.

A downside is that it doesn’t look as aesthetically pleasing as other available options of roofing that we will touch on further in this blog.


Metal roofs can be made from several different materials, including:

  • Steel
  • Copper
  • Zinc alloy
  • Aluminum

Many people love metal roofs for their aesthetic, as well as for their longevity. There’s a reason they have the nickname of “forever roof” — they can last a long time with minimal maintenance. Other benefits of metal roofs include things like their high thermal emissivity, meaning they absorb and release heat. This means that your house can stay at a more comfortable temperature throughout the day, potentially saving you money.

Some downsides of metal roofing include the noise when it rains or hails and the cost. It is possible to make metal roofs quieter through insulation at an additional cost. For the price, they are usually significantly more expensive than alternative shingles. However, in the long-run, they are likely to pay for themselves because of their long lifespan.


Wood shingles are machine-cut from cedar, spruce, or pine to offer a trim yet natural-looking and environmentally-friendly option that lasts 20 to 25 years. They have a rustic aesthetic and look absolutely beautiful. There are options where the wood changes color over time. Wood shingles are more expensive than asphalt shingles but cheaper than metal roofing.

On the other hand, there are a few cons. Of course, wood shingles are not fireproof and, in some cases, are not permitted in certain areas throughout the country. They are not friendly to those who live in wet climates or super dry climates. Although, Nashville is a perfect spot for wood shingles.


Clay or concrete shingles are molded out into flat, barrel-shaped tiles of different colors. This Spanish-influenced roofing is popular in the southwest because it effectively insulates interiors from the heat and cold.

Clay and concrete shingles tend to be heavier and is something you will need to talk to our roofing contractors about. We want to make sure that if you decide on this roofing style that your building can support it and ensure that it is the best choice for you.


Composite or vinyl shingles can be made of polymer, rubber, or plastic. This type of shingle is sold in a variety of colors and styles and allows you to mimic the look and feel of shingles made of natural materials such as wood or slate. These shingles retain their color over their lifespan of 50-plus years, are heat- and impact-resistant to varying degrees. The additives in some composite shingles lend them additional defenses such as moss and UV resistance. These shingles look great, and keep that look longer than an asphalt shingle would.

However, they usually offer less insolation than the materials they mimic and, while they’re suitable for installation in all climates, low-quality composite shingles may soak, freeze, and warp more quickly than other shingles.

Have any further questions? Feel free to touch base with our friendly team of professional roofers. Our team is experienced and knowledgeable, and we feel confident that we can lead you in the right direction with the type of roof shingle that is right for you. Call us for a quote today!