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8 Different Types of Roofing Tiles (Review) in 2020

Why wait until your roof begins to tear apart before you gain an insight into the different types of roofing tiles? It is neither fit for your budget nor healthy for the overall safety of your house.

Meanwhile, the knowledge of the different types of shingles shouldn’t be the exclusive remit of the roofing contractor or the tiler. The homeowner must also know a little about everything that concerns his house.

 Interestingly, there are about 18 different types of tiles you can choose from. Each of these tile types comes with its pros and cons in terms of cost, expected lifespan, safety, and style. Even in the kingdom of equal animals, some are superior to others. You will find reasons why you’d want to go for one over another.

In the end, the style and types of tiles you choose will tell a lot about how much you spend on materials, installation, replacement, and repairs. It’ll also account for the length of years your roof will last. Regardless of the cost or number of years of your roof, you cannot help but have a roof on your house.

Let’s examine the different types of roofing tiles on the market:

1. Tile Roofing Shingles

We’ll begin this list with tile roofing shingles. If you need a roofing tile type that is durable and will stay longer on your housetop, the roofing shingles are the ideal pick.

Make sure the tiles are not installed on a mortar underlayment; otherwise, they’d remove quickly and in less than a decade or so, you will have to find a replacement. Even though tile roofs are cost-effective in terms of purchase and maintenance, they are very expensive to install. You will be required to put a strong underlayment.

  • Cheap to buy
  • Expensive installation and underlayment
  • Can last 100 years
  • Comes in a variety of types, including polymer sand, metal, ceramic, bituminous, composite, and lots more.

2. Composite Plastic Roof Shingles

As the name implies, composite plastic roof shingles are the types of roofs that are designed from cast-off plastic materials. They are malleable and elastic and can be quite environmentally friendly.

You won’t need to break the bank to buy, install, and maintain the composite plastic roof shingles. If you’re considering a single-story building, you might need something in the region of $4-$6 to buy a square of the plastic materials; while installation could cost around $400-$600 per square. Relatively durable, these types are easy to install.

  • Can last between 7-20 years
  • Made from recycled plastic
  • Eco-friendly and lightweight
  • Relatively affordable
  • Easy to install

3. Wood Roof Shingles

Next up on our types of roof shingles are the wood roof shingles.  They are made from different types of wood. Despite their relatively short lifespan—can last from 15-50 years— they are more expensive than most types on the market. To have this type of roof on your home, you’d prepare something in the neighborhood of $425 to $950 per square. It will

They come in two types, namely, wood shingles and wood shake. The shakes look modern, thanks to their hand-split and sawn-off features. On the other hand, wood shingles come in incredibly excellent shapes.

  • Easy to install
  • Quite expensive
  • Come with two options
  • Relatively short lifespan

4. Asphalt Shingles

If your choice of roofing tiles is extremely affordable in terms of installation, then the asphalt shingle roof is the go-to guy. It comes in two different types: fiberglass asphalt shingles and 3-tab asphalt

3-Tab Asphalt Shingles

The 3-tab asphalt shingles are the most common types of asphalt shingles and are made with an organic paper bottom. They’re very thinner types of asphalt shingles. Depending on the size, pitch, and slope, you could cough up something between $5000-$8000—at $85-$150 per square—to have the 3 tab asphalt shingle roof on your home. They’re quite easy and affordable to install. However, they slip off more quickly.

Fiberglass Asphalt Shingles

As the name implies, fiberglass asphalt shingles come with a base mat that’s made from woven fiberglass. It is coated with an asphalt finish with ceramic granule touch. They’re tougher, lighter, more eco-friendly, resilient, and durable than the 3-tab or architecture types.

They can last up to 25-50 years without losing their shape or form. Compared to others, these are more expensive to install, costing you around $150-$550 per square. Fiberglass asphalt shingles can be either architectural fiberglass or 3-tab fiberglass. While the architectural design features an extra layer of lamination, the latter is more affordable.

5. Rubber Roof Shingles

Rubber roof shingles are another type of roofing type that the market offers. They come with unique features that make homeowners and roofing contractors fall in love. They are shingles made from rubber. In appearance, the rubber roof behaves like asphalt shingles.

This roofing type is pretty costly to install and maintain, with its cost per square standing somewhere in the region of $400 to $825. Despite the high cost of installation, you don’t need much maintenance. But the type of rubber roof you install will determine the cost and durability. This type comes in different casings, including EPDM, PVC, and TPO, with the latter two being the more affordable option.

However, the rubber roof is not as durable as other less expensive options, with the expected lifespan being between 15 and 25 years. Besides, this is the type of roof you’d want to have on your home. This is because it reduces your annual spending on energy as well as utility bills.  

  • Easy to install
  • Quite expensive option
  • Relatively short lifespan
  • Reduces annual cost on utility and energy
  • Doesn’t require much maintenance    

6. Metal Roof Shingles

If the roof you want on your home is the type that’s extremely durable, stylish, and multi-color, then going for the metal roof shingles is the best idea. This is a design for homes with a roof that supports lighter materials. You can have them in sheet planes as well.

On average, you may have to spend as much as $280 to $385 per square to have metal roof shingles on your home.   Metal roof options available include zinc, aluminum, copper, steel, and tin metal roof shingles.

  • Super-easy to install
  • Lightweight
  • Highly durable: can last anywhere between 75-100
  • Relatively expensive

7. Solar Roof Shingles

The modern style of roofing is solar shingles and it’s in vogue today. But be sure you’d part with a price that other traditional options won’t take from you. You’ll expend something around $2,100-$2500 per square. They can last for up to 20-25 years.

Solar shingles are designed to keep moisture away from your home. Besides, they can also supply electric power.  They are designed for the south side of your home and they do not cover the entire home; that’s why it works with any type of building-wide roof. 

  • More expensive than other roofing options.
  • Can generate power to the home
  • Relatively short lifespan
  • Great and stylish look

8. Slate Tile Roofing Shingles

When it comes to durability and extended lifespan, no other roofing types beat the slate tile roofing shingles. They boast an expected lifespan spanning between 60-150 years. They are a type that will outlive the homeowner if properly installed and maintained. Even though they come with a thin structure, slate shingles are heavy and strong.

Purchase materials, installing, and maintaining slate roofing shingles cost a premium sum. You’d spend an average of $800 to $1,400 per square. These are the best types of roofing shingles when it comes to aesthetics and style despite their lack of varying colors.

  • Hard to install
  • Aesthetic and classic look
  • Long-lasting and durable
  • Expensive

What to Consider Before Choosing Roofing Style

You may have your preferences. Some homeowners prefer style over durability; others love durability over eco-friendliness. But whatever, your choice is, there are essential features you must look for before deciding which roofing type to use.


It’s good to always consider the number of years a roofing type will stay on your home. You wouldn’t want to be replacing the roof almost every five or ten years. Some roofs will last up to 100 years or more if they’re properly installed. What’s the expected lifespan of the roof type you’re opting for.


Durability involves the capacity of your roof to withstand extremely harsh weather conditions. The wind, storm, rain, scorching heat, and high temperature are part of things that could destroy your roof within minutes. Take this factor seriously so you don’t waste much of your income on repairing and replacing the roof.


The costs of buying materials, installation, and maintenance vary when it comes to choosing the type of roof on your home.  You may decide to go for the roof type that standards at average cost without compromising quality.

Ease of installation

Installation is an important aspect of your roof. Typically, roof types that are difficult to install pose a lot of challenges to the roofing contractor and engineer. Give the easy installation process a thought. But be sure that your roof is properly installed and underlaid to avoid leakage and slipping away.


Some roof types save energy and are environmentally friendly. Be sure the roof on your home is not the type that will release serious heat and make living under it a hellish experience.


Having considered some of the types of roofs on the market, you can be sure whatever type you settle for has its pros and cons. It’s all about you and what your preferences are.

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