The Different Types of Roofs To Consider For Your Home

Published: November 3, 2023 by Steven Griffin

If you are looking to install a new roof on your home or want to build a roof for a new home, you may be wondering about your options. So, the team at Sugar Land Roofing is here to talk about the different types of roofs and the advantages of each.

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Roofing Shapes

Roofing shape refers to the overall design and orientation of roofing panels. 


Flat roofs are popular because they are easy to install and relatively cost-efficient. Despite the name, flat roofs have a shallow slope for draining water, but it’s slight enough that you can comfortably use the space without fear of losing your balance. You can pair a flat roof with virtually any type of roofing material. 


Gable roofs feature the classic pyramid shape with four sides that meet at a point. These kinds of roofs are resistant to leaking as they have eaves on all sides and lack ridges. This also prevents buildup of rain or snow, which falls off the slanted roof.  


Shed roofs have a single slope to one side, giving the roof an asymmetric appearance. Shed roofs are easy to build and allow for solar panel installation. However, shed roofs rarely leave enough space for sizable attic storage. 

Roofing Materials

Roofing materials are diverse, and each has pros and cons that should factor into your decision. 


Asphalt is one of the most common types of roofing material as it is cheap, simple to install, and easy to customize. Modern asphalt shingles feature UV-resistant materials and come in several color options and shapes to match your home’s style. 


Metal is another common roofing material due to its excellent durability and lifespan. The typical metal roof can last up to 70 years—potentially more depending on care and maintenance. Most metal roofs feature either copper, aluminum, or stainless steel. 


Slate roofs are popular due to the excellent insulative properties of stone and their long lifespan. Like metal roofs, slate tiling can last for generations. As they’re made from stone, they are environmentally-friendly. Slate is the heaviest of the different types of roofs and may require extra roof support. 


Ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM) is a kind of synthetic rubber that is cheap to manufacture and install. EPDM is an excellent insulator and works equally well in cold and warm climates. You can also get modifications, such as reflective EPDM coatings, to further increase energy efficiency. 

Contact a Local Roofing Expert Today!

Homeowners have a large selection of different types of roofs, so it helps to have an expert on hand. The roofing contractors at Sugar Land Roofing can help you find roof types and materials that fit your needs and budget. We dedicate ourselves to providing 100% customer satisfaction for every job we perform. 

Check out our blog if you would like to learn how to tell whether to replace or repair roofing. Contact us online or call today at (832) 944-7663 to get a free quote!

About Steven Griffin

Steven Griffin has been in the roofing industry for over 30 years. He has worked with a host of roofing companies throughout Florida and Texas. He started Sugar Land Roofing with a vision of bringing quality roofing services at an affordable price to those living in the Greater Houston, Texas area.