Homeowners need to pay attention to residential new construction roofing. In other words, if your roof needs replacing, the sooner you do it, the better. 

Moreover, replacing an old roof is the best way to invest in your home. However, what roof types will you choose? What are their qualities and advantages?

Asphalt Shingles

It is the most popular residential new construction roofing material in the U.S. They are affordable. In addition to that, asphalt shingles are a cost-effective option. 

Above all, they provide excellent protection. Moreover, Asphalt Shingles come in a wide variety of colors and styles. All you need to do is find a style that compliments your home. 

Their main component is of an organic or fiberglass base. Therefore, they are quite lightweight. Also, they get coated with asphalt. 

They generally last 25 to 30 years, depending on maintenance and environmental conditions. However, colors may fade with time due to exposure to light, heat and rain.


  • Affordable
  • Low-maintenance
  • Easy to find
  • Works well in most climates
  • Comes in a variety of colors
  • Recyclable


  • Color fades with sun exposure
  • 3-tab style, prone to wind damage
  • Short lifespan

Metal Roofing

Now a popular choice in the residential sector, metal roofing has come a long way since the 1800s. Firstly, they are easy to transport and secondly, they are low maintenance. Thirdly, they are beautiful and stays put even with age. They can last up to 80 years. Moreover, it is easy to install and maintain. In metal roofing, shingles and sheets (also called panels) are connected with a “standing seam.” 


  • Low-maintenance
  • Durable
  • Mimics slate, asphalt or wood
  • Available in a variety of colors
  • Lightweight
  • Recyclable


  • Needs soundproofing to reduce noise
  • May warp or develop ripples with an improper installation

Wood Roofing

Wood roofing complements cottages and Tudor-style homes. They are sandy brown and turn silver with age. Above all, they last for 50 years in dry climates. 

However, in fire-prone areas and heavy torrential regions, they cannot cope well. In other words, they need treatment for that. After that, they can lose their look and strength due to water damage.

For instance, the most common are cedar, redwood and pine, as they each repel insects. 


  • Curb appeal
  • Natural material


  • Susceptible to water damage, mold, mildew and rot
  • May need treatment with fire retardants and chemical preservatives
  • High-maintenance

Wood roofing can get shaped in 2 ways. Firstly, the shakes come split into wedges to produce a more natural and rugged look. Secondly, sawmills bring the shingles into a uniform width and thickness. Therefore, they are a cheaper option than shakes.

Clay Tile

Clay tiling dates back to 5,000 years. China used it to make earthenware rooftops. 

They can last 50 to 100 years. Moreover, you can choose from a large variety of styles- Spanish, French, Scania and many more.

However, they are expensive to install and do last longer. In addition, it is common in hot places, as they withstand fire and strong winds.


  • Low-maintenance
  • Unique curb appeal
  • Variety of colors like terracotta, red, brown and gray
  • Made from natural materials
  • Regulates temperature inside the home


  • Vulnerable to impact
  • Needs extra structural support for its weight
  • Requires specialized labor to install and repair

Green Roofing

Made of vegetation like grasses or native wildflowers, they are also known as living roofs. These roofs support pollinators. Above all, these roofs combat excessive heat. 

In addition, they also reduce rainwater runoff. In conclusion, as they are green, they can last up to 30 to 50 years.


  • Durable
  •  Environment friendly 


  • Needs gardening and water maintenance
  • Needs extra structural support
  • Requires specialized labor to install
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