Most Common Roof Types for Your Home

roof types

When we sit down with homeowners to discuss roof types, one of the most common questions is about the style of the new roof. From shingles, could we go to metal roofing? We have cedar shakes—could we replace them with fire resistant shingles? At Yellowhammer Roofing we enjoy chatting about all roof types, but helping homeowners change their home’s appearance through a new roof is always a satisfying conversation.


Fiberglass-asphalt shingles are the single most popular roofing material in the United States. This is because of their economy at installation, their ease of application and their wide choices in quality, color and style.

Yellowhammer prefers to use Owens Corning or GAF shingles for residential installations. These two superior brands each come in several grades, or product lines:

  • Basic—economical, three-tab shingles
  • Better—midrange, affordable shingles
  • Architectural or Designer—featuring unusual profiles, cuts and shadowing for dramatic effects

Within each product line, the manufacturers offer several colors, and within both brands’ architectural lines, you can select from various styles, such as GAF’s Cool Series®, Natural Shadow® or ArmorShield™.


Metal roofing can mimic just about any look a homeowner wants, from metal shingles to shakes to standing seam vertical panels. One enormous advantage of metal roofing is its durability—a metal roof can last 50 years or more. Though the up-front cost is higher than a shingle roof’s cost, most metal roofs last three times longer than shingle roofs.

The special coatings, color availability and energy efficiency of metal roofs make them very attractive for homeowners who plan to stay in their Tennessee or Alabama homes for many years. Among roof types, metal roofing comes up frequently and is sure to transform your home’s look.

Tile and Shake

Tile roofing can be concrete or ceramic, and can appear as flat rectangles or half-round pieces reminiscent of Spanish or Asian roofs. Though durable, tile roofing is expensive and susceptible to breakage if walked upon incorrectly.

Cedar and redwood shakes are another option some homeowners investigate. These natural choices can take paint or stain well, but rate low on fire resistance. They also both require more upkeep than metal or shingle roofing.

To discuss roof types, please feel free to contact us at Yellowhammer Roofing. We are eager to answer your questions and help you select the ideal roof for your Tennessee or Alabama home.

Roof Types For Your Home