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The Different Types of Roofing: Discover Which One is Right for Your Home

The quality of your roof is particularly important as it safeguards everything you hold dear to your heart. You need and deserve the best roofing services. Our roofing specialists at Affordable Home Services are here to help you choose the best new roofing material. Let’s take a look at some of the top options.

GAF Shingles

GAF is the largest maker of both residential and commercial roofing materials in North America, with roots stemming back to 1886. GAF’s roofing shingles are of the highest quality, providing ample protection even when the weather takes a turn for the worse. These roofing shingles are available in three distinct types including slate shingles, that won’t bust your budget.

If you are looking for a budget-friendly shingle, consider the GAF Timberline 3 tab shingles. This affordable shingle provides sufficient protection without hurting your finances. In fact, GAF Timberline shingles are sold with a lifetime limited warranty making them the top-selling shingles in North America.

Another popular shingle type is the GAF Designer Lifetime Shingles. These eye-catching, shingles are built to stand the test of time while taking a beating. Opt for GAF Designer Shingles and your neighbors will think quite highly of your property and family as this roofing material does look significantly better than other options.


Metal shingles are made of steel, alloy, copper, or aluminum and stamped into the proper shapes. This roofing material is one of the most energy-efficient around, largely because it reflects the sun’s rays instead of absorbing them, ultimately reducing cooling costs all the more. Perhaps the best part about metal roofing is it lasts half a century or even upwards of 75 years.

Your metal roof might not be as visually striking as other varieties yet it will prove resistant to wind, rot, rain, and other inclement weather. However, the slight downside to this roofing style is the potential denting from hail, and rain being louder while inside.


Slate shingles are built to hold steady even when the weather worsens. This roofing material has a visually pleasing aesthetic, is much more natural-looking than other types of roofs, and proves resistant to moisture, hail, and heat. Opt for slate and you probably won’t end up with a roof leak. Though slate is fairly heavy, sometimes necessitating extra framing, and is somewhat expensive, it will safeguard you and your loved ones below better than most other types of roofing.


Asphalt roofing is affordable, has a wide range of thicknesses, is light-weight, and available in all sorts of different colors, one of which is sure to suit your home’s aesthetic. This variety of shingles is reinforced with either organic materials such as cellulose or fiberglass. The different sizes and colors of asphalt shingles make them look as though they have several dimensions. Asphalt roofing typically lasts between 15 and 30 years.


Wood shingles have a rustic look yet are more vulnerable to fire than other building materials. Cut from pine, spruce, or cedar, wood roofing is a comparably green material that lasts between two and three decades. Once wood shingles are installed, you can power wash them after mold, mildew or other gunk accumulates, clearing out all the growth for lovely, clean shingles.

Concrete and Clay

Available in a wide variety of colors, these energy-efficient, non-combustible roof shingles are fairly heavy yet effective. As long as your roof structure supports the installation of this roofing material, it will protect everything below quite well. Clay doesn’t fade after extensive sunlight exposure. Concrete reflects the sun and provides insulation against the cold as well as heat.


Composite roofing is available in the form of authentic replicas that look similar to natural materials. Comprised of plastic, rubber, and polymer, composite shingles look the same or quite similar to their initial hue even after they have been in place for 50+ years. This roofing material proves resistant to impactful forces as well as heat to varying degrees based on respective classes. Composite shingle additives provide even more defenses against potential threats ranging from UV rays to moss.


  • GAF shingles are high-quality shingles that provide ample protection to your home during unpredictable weather.
  • The roof you choose ultimately determines whether your home and everything below will be adequately protected.
  • Our roofing specialists are here to do the roofing work on your behalf.

Contact Affordable Home Services Today

If you are looking for a new roof, need roof maintenance, or require a roof repair, look no further than Affordable Home Services. Our team is here to do all the difficult roof work to perfection. Reach out to us today to find out more about our services, check out a 3 tab shingle color chart and obtain a quote. You can contact us by phone at 1-973-473-4830 or by filling out our contact form.