Choosing Material for Your New Roof

Choosing Material for Your New Roof jim amos contracting

When installing a new roof, you must realize that not all roofing materials are equal.

When you decide to install a new roof, you must realize that not all roofing materials are made equal. Before starting your roof replacement, be sure to compare the different roofing materials on the market. Let’s go over the different types of roofing materials so you can make an informed decision.

Clay and Concrete Tiles

Clay and concrete tiles can add more texture to your home’s roof while also making it look more sophisticated. Genuine clay tiles will need to be installed by roofing professionals; concrete tiles aren’t as expensive but tend to be heavier. Both types are incredibly durable and fire-resistant; concrete is an energy-efficient material.


Slate roofing materials are gorgeous and add a touch of elegance to your house. A slate roof is made from natural, impressively durable and long-lasting stone. You can expect a slate roof to last a lifetime or for many generations to come. That means you probably never have to pay for another roof replacement once you purchase a slate roof. You can pick from different colors, such as green, grey, red, black, and purple. This material is also resistant to fire damage and can be recycled.  

Metal Roofing 

While it’s more common to see metal roofing attached to commercial buildings, you can also use it for residential purposes. Metal roofs come in two styles: panels and shingles. There are also four types of metal available: zinc, copper, aluminum, and stainless steel. Also, this roofing material will last longer than asphalt or wood and does a great job reflecting sunlight. 


Some examples of synthetic roofing materials include rubber, polymers, and plastic. All of them are engineered to mimic natural materials while being surprisingly strong and low-maintenance. The best thing about them is that they are not as easy to shatter – and on top of all that, they are lighter and more affordable. 

Wood Shingles or Shake

Wood shingles and shakes have been around for centuries. They look beautiful when they are first installed and then turn an attractive grey color the older they get. Wood shakes are made by hand, while shingles are machine-cut products instead.

Learning about the various roofing materials will help you choose the right option for a roof replacement. Your decision should be influenced by important factors, such as cost, durability, longevity, aesthetic appeal, and energy efficiency. Contact Jim Amos Contracting today to get started on your new roof!


If You Need a New Roof, Contact Jim Amos Contracting

Jim Amos Contracting has been serving the Anne Arundel County area for over 45 years. We apply our years of experience and expertise to every single job we do. We provide almost any home improvement service you can think of, from handyman services to complex home additions. Our business was built on our many return customers and their referrals, so we strive for 100% customer satisfaction. We will get every job done right the first time, on time, and within your budget. Give us a call at (410)-349-1700 or contact us through our website today. Jim Amos Contracting is looking forward to the chance to become your new favorite contractor!

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