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There are many factors that go into choosing the right type of roofing to best fit your home. Your choice should be based on economic decisions such as the roof’s projected life span and price point, structural needs such as its strength against the elements, and even its adherence to your lifestyle with eco-friendly and recycled materials becoming more and more available.

Your decision on roofing type should be a well-researched and confident one. That’s why REI Roofing has put together this helpful guide on how to choose the right roofing type for your home. If you are in the Holbrook, MA area and are looking for roofing professionals to help with your next project, contact the experts at REI Roofing today!

Types of Roofing

Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt shingles are among the most popular roofing materials. It is made of either fiberglass, which is great for its fire and moisture protection, making it an excellent option for dry and snow-prone areas, or an organic fiber, which acts as an insulator. Algae-resistant shingles are also available.


Metal roofing comes in a variety of materials. It can be composed of steel, aluminum, copper, or zinc and can be made into shingles to mimic the look of other materials. It provides strong fire and wind resistance but comes at a higher price point compared to others.

Plastic Polymer

Plastic Polymer roofing is made of a synthetic, highly durable shingle that is made to resemble slate or wood. It is exceptionally light, fire and wind-resistant and comes at a competitive price. In some cases, they are also made of recycled materials, and the shingles themselves can be recycled when the time comes to replace them.

Clay Tile

Clay tiles are made of natural, kiln-fired clay shingles. They are quite brittle and heavy; however, they are extremely fire resistant, long-lasting, and low maintenance. Great for hot, dry areas that don’t experience much wind. They are, however, some of the more expensive roofing options but worth the extra investment in the right area.

Concrete Tile

Comprised of a mixture of cement and sand, concrete tiles can be made to resemble clay tiles, wood, and slate and come in various colors. It is long-lasting and natural, making it a great eco-friendly option. It also provides excellent fire resistance and is competitively priced.


Slate is a premium roofing material, and its price follows suit. Although expensive, slate is great for snowy areas, last a long time, and is quite durable. Slate is quite beautiful and is typically grey and dark grey with natural-looking inconsistency in its coloration.

Wooden Shingles

Made of rot-resistant wood such as cedar, wooden shingles give a gorgeous natural look while being priced moderately and providing solid wind resistance. Wooden shingles do have a shorter lifespan than most, will require periodic maintenance, and will discolor over time, but if you are looking for a great natural look that will change with you over the years, wooden shingles if the way to go.

Which is Right for Your Home?

Which roofing type fits best for your home? You will need a dedicated team of roofing professionals behind you no matter what option you go with. If you are in the Molbrook, NJ area and looking for a roofing company to help you get your roof up or replaced, contact REI Roofing today!