Sure, roofing isn’t a home repair as exciting or aesthetically pleasing as a kitchen or bathroom renovation, but it is a crucial one. Your roof stands between you and the outdoor elements such as rain, snow, wind, and sun and is the first line of defense against them. Roofing keeps you safe and secure and your home protected from damage that can compromise its structural integrity.

How’s your roof looking? Has there been a damaging storm or has it weathered the last couple decades and is in need of a replacement? At Advantex Restoration, we’re your local roofing contractors in the Chicago area that come with 35 years of experience and the best roofers and roofing materials around. There are many types of roofing options to choose from, so join us in today’s post as we explore what those are.

The Types and Materials of Roofing

As a homeowner, there are a plethora of roofing types, and it’s hard to know which type will work best.

Asphalt or Composite Shingles 

Asphalt shingles, less commonly known as composite, are the most popular and common shingle material on the market. The shingles are composed of a fiberglass mat with mineral and asphalt granules on the surface. These three-tab panels are easy to install and easy to replace. These shingles adapt wonderfully to the roof’s expansion and contraction, making them a great overall option.

Slate Shingles 

Slate is a feat in the roofing world and takes a very skilled, competent person to install it! A slate roof consists of thin sheets of stone placed piece-by-piece. This type of roof is extremely laborious and expensive but offers longevity.

Metal Roofing 

This type of roofing is composed of panels of steel, copper, or aluminum in corrugated, standing-seam, or faux-shake styles. Metal roofs can last up to 50 years and are fire-resistant.

Clay Tile 

Clay tiles come flat or curved and are highly energy-efficient and fire-resistant. This is one of the most expensive roofing options because of the installation system and cost. If you’re looking for an option that lasts, clay tiles are a great choice lasting 50 to 100 years.

Wood Shingles 

These shingles are lightweight and can be susceptible to fire damage, however, fire-retardant coatings are available. Wood shingles need to be able to shed moisture, so they’re only an option on a roof with a slope of at least 4:12.   

Rubber Roofing 

Rubber roofing is an alternative to slate tiles and has been molded to mimic their look. These tiles are lightweight and provide strength and flexibility with a typical warranty of 50 years! Another type of rubber roofing is EPDM, but unlike tiles, it is available in rolls. This type of rubber roofing is used on flat roofs, but it’s not always a common option because of its cost.


There are many roofing options on the market including asphalt, slate, metal, clay, wood, and rubber. They all provide different benefits and opportunities, ensuring you’ll be able to find a solution perfect for your home’s need.


For more information on the types of roofs we offer, connect with us today!