Roofing Materials

Residential roof systems have several basic components:

  • Roof structure - trusses and roof rafters that provide the basic support system for the sheathing.
  • Sheathing - plywood particle board or wafer-board sheathing that is fastened to the rafters to cover the home.
  • Flashing - typically sheet metal that is installed into the valleys and joints of the roof to prevent leaks.
  • Roof covering - shingles, metal, tile, or slate and the underlayment material that covers and protects the sheathing from the elements.

Selecting Roofing Material for Your Home or Business
Cost, durability, and appearance are all factors to consider when choosing roofing materials. The best roofing system for your home depends on which of these factors you weigh more heavily. The following roofing materials are commonly used for residential "steep slope" roofs.

Shingle Roofs
Asphalt Shingles
- The most common roof covering across the U.S. is asphalt shingles. The major advantage of an asphalt shingle roof is it's relatively low initial cost. Shingles vary significantly in quality and warranty, so check with your roofer for your options. A typical asphalt shingle roof has a minimum 25 year warranty and can go up to a lifetime warranty.

What types of roofing shingles are there and what are the differences?

  • 3-Tab Shingles – These shingles are the least expensive. 3-tab is a good choice for most homeowners primarily concerned with the cost of the new roof. 3-tab shingles have the shorter warranties.
  • Dimensional/Architectural Shingles - These higher quality shingles are composed of two layers of material per shingle, so they offer a double layer of coverage. Architectural shingles usually have a longer duration on the warranty (i.e. lifetime). Architectural shingles withstand wind and harsh weather conditions better than 3-tab shingles.
Red Bank Roofing provides quality roofing shingles for your home or business and we carry a complete line of roofing shingles from various top of the line roofing manufacturers. Choosing the right shingle can increase the value of your home. We use quality roofing shingles that are algae resistant and carry solid warranties from top manufacturers. We install these shingles according to the manufacturer’s specifications to protect you, your warranty and your home.


Today, the available array of shingle styles, colors and materials is matched only by your imagination. CertainTeed Roofing systems offer a variety of superior shingles and commercial roofing materials. Their website is full of good information to assist you in getting educated about their products. Click here to learn more about CertainTeed.
Wood Shake-
Rubber Roofs-
More than just their durability and affordability, our roofs are praised for their high energy efficiency and can pay for themselves in savings on heating and cooling costs.

Shingles work with gravity to keep the inside of your house dry. Water runs down the roof and over the top of shingles. Strong wind and ice dams can defeat these gravity based systems.
Metal Roofs
Metal Roofing - Metal roofs are becoming increasingly popular among homeowners, especially among homeowners in warmer climates.
Advantages of Metal Roof Installation

  • Residential metal roofing - metal is durable, when installed properly, a metal roof will outlast most other materials in the home.
  • Long term warranties - many manufacturers warranty their metal roofing for up to 50 years. That compares favorable to asphalt shingles, which may need to be replaced every 15 to 20 years. If you compare the average annual metal roof prices to shingles, metal is competitive over the long haul because you need to repair and replace it less often.
  • Lower energy bills - metal reflects heat from the sun helping your roof and home stay cooler, using less energy
  • Green roofing - metal roofs are a "cool roof option"
  • Non-combustible and fire resistant - residential metal roofing has a Class A fire rating, which means it receives the designation of "most resistant" to fires.
  • Lightweight roof material - metal can withstand extremely high winds and climate changes
  • Will not rust or fade in color - steel roofing panels are protected by layers of metallic and polymer coatings. Industry studies have repeatedly shown them to outperform the corrosion resistance of other coated metals.
  • No removal of old shingle roofing - installing the metal roof over existing asphalt, fiberglass or composition shingles (maximum of two layers thick). In most situations, the metal roof can be installed directly over the old roof.

Disadvantages of a Residential Metal Roof

  • Metal roofing costs - the upfront cost of installing a new metal roof is significantly more expensive than other common roofing products and can run anywhere from $150 per square to $600 per square (a "square" is 100 square feet of roof).
  • Possible denting - denting and marring can happen with metal roofs. Many new metal roofs are guaranteed against denting and marring, but some are prone to damage in the right conditions.
Tile Roofing - Made from clay or concrete, tile roofs are extremely durable with warranties typically covering 50 to 75 years. Tile roofing is heavy, so if you are replacing a lightweight material with tile, be sure that your roof supports are strong enough to bear the weight. If not, reinforcing your roof structure can add significant cost to installing a tile roof.

Slate Roofs - Slate roofing is also very durable and looks great, but also costs more than other roofing materials. Slate is quarried in the Northeast United States and a variety of colors and grades are available.