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A Brief Guide to Choosing the Right Roofing Material 


Selecting the right roofing type in Richmond, TX can be tricky. There are many factors you have to consider, because the new roof isn’t just shading over your head. The roof has to protect against specific weather conditions, have a long lifespan, good energy efficiency, and a pleasing look. There’s also the cost to consider as well.

There are more options for roofing materials now than ever before, so in order to make the best decision, we recommend you talk to our professionals. We can assess your needs and guide you through the steps necessary to locating the ideal new roof for your home. You can trust our expertise and skill—we’re redefining the roof-buying process.

Below is a primer on finding the right roofing materials. 

First, assess your needs

Before you go into the different material types, you need to assess your priorities and specific needs. Consider your budget, the architectural style of your home (wooden shingles won’t look right on an ultramodern structure, for example), the local weather conditions, and any restrictions due to local building codes or homeowners’ associations. 

Asphalt Shingles

This is the most common type of roofing material thanks to its versatility, affordability, and durability. Three-tab shingles are the least expensive type of shingles available, but most homeowners today opt for the more attractive and flexible architectural shingles. We specifically recommend Class 4 impact shingles because of their resistance against hail, a major threat to roofs in our area. 


Metal roofing has gained in popularity recently thanks to a combination of durability and energy efficiency. Metal roofs can last for 50 years (most other materials will last for 15–30) and they’re resistant to fires, insects, and rot. Because they reflect sunlight, they help keep homes cooler in the summer and reduce energy costs. Metal roofs come in a range of styles to work with many types of architecture. 

Clay/Concrete Tiles

If you have a Spanish or Mediterranean-style home, then clay or concrete tiles are an excellent aesthetic choice. Like metal roofing, these tiles are resistant to fire, insects, and rot. However, these tiles are among the heavier materials for roofing, so you need to make sure that your house has the structure to support them.


Natural stone roofing material is the champion when it comes to longevity: these roofs can last for over a century. (Literally the last roof you will ever need to buy!) Slate roofs create a unique look for a home and can be extremely stylish. However, slate is one of the more expensive materials available and is also extremely heavy. Make sure you work with a reliable roofing contractor if you’re interested in a slate roof.

Wood Shingles

Wood shingles create a rustic charm. They’re typically made from cedar, redwood, or pine and can last around 30 years if properly taken care of. Wood roofing provides excellent insulation properties and is environmentally friendly. However, this material requires more intense maintenance with regular treatments to prevent rot and moss growth.


Synthetic roofing materials, such as synthetic slate or composite shingles, can duplicate the appearance of natural materials but with the benefit of better durability and lower maintenance needs. They’re lighter in weight, more cost-effective, and often come with longer warranties compared to their natural counterparts.

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