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What is the difference between different roofing materials?

What is the difference between different roofing materials?

The roof your home has can add of interest and value to the curb appeal of your home. With so many different options to choose from, do you know what material you’ll choose when replacing your roof?

Learn more about each material below to consider what material will be perfect for your home and climate!


The most common type of roof, this is frequently used roofing material is inexpensive and can last for 2-30 years. Most homes you see in the United States use an asphalt or composite roof, but there are many other options out there that homeowners can choose from.

Wood shingle

Wood shingles are a favorite choice among homeowners with a Cape Cod style home. Regardless of where you live, wood singles are some of the most beautiful options for a roof – making them very common in luxury homes.

Wood shingles do not do well in areas with lots of rain or other moisture, but can still last around 20-30 years. If used in a dryer climate, they can last up to 60 years.


The undeniable impact a red clay roof has on a home is hard to miss. This beautiful roofing option is most commonly seen in dry climates and hot climates, which is why they are most often seen in the southern United State or in desert climates.

Clay roofs are very expensive to install, but can last a lifetime with the proper upkeep!


Metal roofs are increasing in popularity around the United States in recent years. Most popular in areas with higher amounts of snowfall, metal roofs allow for snow and rain to quickly be whisked away from the home to protect the home’s structure from extra weight.

Metal roofs can last anywhere from 30-70 years and although they are little more expensive than traditionally asphalt tile roofs, they are a less expensive alternative to other sought-after materials.


Slate roofs are the most expensive roofing material on the market right now, but for good reason. The beauty of slate tiles is unmatched and can last almost 200 years if properly maintained. 

These stone pieces need to be installed by a professional and can be very slippery and dangerous for those working on it. If you choose this material for a roof, make sure you know the added expense that will come with its maintenance.

A roof is a large financial and aesthetic commitment! Make sure you feel confident with your choice in roofing materials, contact one of our team members today to learn about your options and discuss which roof will be right for your home. Call us today to learn more!

Frequently Asked Questions

A tree fell on my roof. Can you remove it, too?

Yes! We can arrange for tree removal prior to roof tarping. We’ll coordinate the entire project for you.

Bottom line, what is the cost to the homeowner?

It is always your deductible plus upgrades if any.

Can a residential roofer do commercial roofs, too?

Not many can. A membrane or metal commercial roof system generally requires a different set of equipment, specialized materials, and expertise. From asphalt emulsion-based systems to built-up and mod-bit systems to galvanized steel, commercial roofs require a different skill set than that of a roofer more used to dealing with residences. Ninja Roofs is the company to choose in Centennial, CO and Surrounding Area when you want to “go local” and choose the best commercial roofing company at the same time.

Can you just re-roof or lay new shingles over the old ones?

While there could be some initial cost-saving in laying new shingles over an old, aged roof, we generally don’t recommend re-roofing. Old shingles also mean an old roof deck. By tearing off the old shingles, our licensed roofing contractor will then be able to spot any areas of instability or damage to the roof deck that may have been hidden by the shingles. We can replace any sections where there may be wood rot. Roof installation techniques and materials have also changed over the last couple of decades, and your old roof may not be up to code. “Re-roof” jobs may also not carry the same warranties as a full replacement.

Can you tarp my roof even if it’s still raining?

Generally, we’ll wait for a break in the rain before climbing onto a roof when the rain is still sheeting due to the safety risk. One of the best benefits to choosing Ninja Roofs is that we live right here in Centennial, so we’ll be watching the weather along with you. Just give us a call, and together we’ll determine the best time to tarp your roof.

Do I have to hire you to fix my roof if you tarp it?

Absolutely not, but you should. Temporary roof tarping is generally covered by your homeowner’s insurance policy, but choosing multiple contractors for the same claim may delay the process. Insurance companies refer their clients to us all the time, though, because they trust us to get the job done right at a reasonable price. We can be on our way to tarp your roof, and we’ll come back and meet with your insurance adjuster to discuss our recommendations for the repairs. One-stop-shopping!

Do I need to buy a battery?

There are two primary ways that homeowners benefit from owning a battery:

First, you can use the battery for backup power. If the grid goes down, you’re still covered. If disaster strikes, if there’s a hurricane in your area, or a fire, or any of the things that we’re all dealing with now, on a much more common basis, having a battery will allow you to continue to have electricity in your home, even if your utility company can’t provide it.

The second reason is that you can often actually save money by getting a battery if you live in a region with specific rate structures where you would benefit from using stored power from the battery during more expensive times of the day. In many regions, the net metering policy allows you to save money without the need for the battery unless you want the peace of mind that comes from knowing that your home can provide electricity even when your utility company can’t. Ask your Ninja Roofs consultant for more information. They’ll be able to give you a detailed proposal of exactly how much a system will cost with a battery if you’re interested in one. We work with all the biggest battery manufacturers and we can absolutely make sure that you get taken care of – whichever way is best for you.

Do you know how to work with flat roofs?

Yes! We have years of experience installing, maintaining, and repairing the membrane roofs and steel roofs most often used for large, flat surfaces. Whether you want to know your options for a full replacement or simply need your roof repaired because you’ve discovered a water leak or other damage, Ninja Roofs can help. We will also help you develop a regular roof maintenance plan to help extend the lifespan of your roof.

Do you offer free roof inspections?

Yes! Our experienced, licensed roofers will inspect your roof up close to assess the scope of any obvious damage and also map out the probable unseen damage just below the surface. With that knowledge at hand, we will let you know if roof repair is the most affordable option or if you’re better off with a full roof replacement.

How do I know if my home is a fit for solar?

Not every home is eligible for solar, so cross your fingers. Let’s hope you’re one of the lucky ones, and you can save money. There are three main factors:

Number one is called “sun exposure” – does your roof (or the location of your solar panels) get enough access to the sun? One of the things we’ll do is analyze your sun exposure from satellite images and other technology to make sure that you’ve got what’s called “proper solar access”. There’s a percentage we’re looking for which, as long as you’ve got that, you’re good to go.

Number two is orientation. What direction would your panels be facing? Ideally, we would want the panels facing South or West, since that is where the most sunshine hits. So you’re looking for the right sun exposure, you’re looking for the right orientation.

And then there’s just number three. Are there any structural issues with your house or roof that would make it difficult to mount solar panels? And if it turns out that it doesn’t work for solar, no harm done, you got educated and you know it is what it is. But that’s the reason why I encourage you to reach out and get a no-cost proposal from us so we can actually do the hard work of analyzing your property and show you exactly how much money you can save by going solar.

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