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Roofing Materials 

When it comes to high-quality roofing materials, Roofing Modesto uses only the best. We understand that you want your roof to last and with that in mind, we only work with the top manufacturers to ensure you get the best quality roof for your budget. We can help you find the style you want, at the price you need, and make sure that your roof both looks fantastic and is built to last for many many years into the future. 

We’ll educate you to help you determine the best materials for your climate, the amount of sun you get on your roof, tree overhangs, and anything else that might affect the life of your roof. Our goal is to ensure you’re not only happy but excited about your roof. 

Most Common Roofing Materials


Metal roofing is commonly used in commercial buildings. However, it’s gaining more popularity in homes because of its attractive appearance, low maintenance, and excellent lifespan. Metal roofing is available in both panels and shingles and in a variety of metals. With several colors to choose from, metal roofing can enhance every home’s aesthetic. It’s also highly durable and can last for about 60 years.


  • Long-lasting
  • Recyclable
  • Fire-resistant
  • Lightweight
  • Resistant to extreme weather conditions


  • Relatively expensive
  • Can be noisy during rainstorms
  • May dent from hail but this typically isn’t a concern in the Central Valley


  • Aluminum 
  • Copper 
  • Corrugated Metal 
  • Metal Tile 
  • Metal Slate 
  • Standing Seam Metal Roofs
  • Steel 
  • Tin 
  • Zinc 

Each of these metals has its own unique characteristics including the appearance when new and as they age. Copper, for instance, gets a very pretty copper patina. Other metals are thicker, thinner, make different sounds when rain hits them, resist rust, etc. For more information on different metal roofing types, give us a call and we can help you find the right material. 


Considering an asphalt roofing system for your home? That’s a brilliant idea. Asphalt roofs are available in many styles and colors and can protect homes for many years with minimal maintenance. When properly installed, they can last for up to 30 years. The main disadvantage? Below freezing temperatures, and extreme temperature fluctuations may result in severe damages. That being said, it’s one of the most affordable roofing materials, and many homeowners choose asphalt for this reason. 


  • Economical and affordable
  • Available in different colors
  • Easy to install


  • Needs to be reinforced with fiberglass or organic material
  • Shorter life span


Wooden roofs are not just durable and good-looking. They’re also energy-efficient. Redwood, Southern Pine, and Cedar are just some of the woods you can use to achieve a rustic vibe at home. Additionally, wood ages in a natural way that gives your home a unique appearance. Many homeowners on the outskirts of Modesto and those with land often choose wood roofing to make their home seamlessly blend with the landscape. 


  • Aesthetically pleasing
  • Naturally insulating
  • Available in a wide variety of colors and styles 
  • Biodegradable 
  • Durable and resistant to high winds when installed properly


  • Not the best material for areas with a wet climate, mold, rotting, and fire
  • Requires regular cleaning and maintenance 
  • May attract insects like termites 
  • Potentially a fire hazard


Many property owners are drawn to slate roofing because of its beauty and longevity. Apart from that, it’s nonconductive, meaning there are fewer electrical hazards. Moreover, since it’s a natural stone, it doesn’t burn. It’s one of the best materials you can use if you want a high-end look that’s very sturdy and built to last for up to 100 years. 


  • Available in a variety of colors
  • Visually-appealing
  • Fire-resistant
  • Durable
  • Waterproof
  • Resists mold and fungus


  • Requires additional framing and professional installation due to its weight
  • More expensive
  • Can be broken when stepped on

Clay and Cement/Concrete Tiles

Do you love the attractive and unique appearance of roof tiles? It’s an investment but comes with brilliant benefits like longevity and durability. If properly installed, it may contribute to fire safety and hurricane-grade wind mitigation. 

Clay tiles are basically baked molded clay. It comes in a wide range of colors, from yellow and orange to white and brown. Because of their unique shape, clay tiles can protect your roof’s underlayment. At the same time, it creates an air pocket that helps isolate and insulate unwanted cold and heat from your attic. 

Concrete tiles, on the other hand, are a combination of water, cement, and sand. They have extra water locks on the edges that prevent water infiltration. Just like clay tiles, they are resistant to fire, wind, and hail.


  • Able to withstand extreme weather 
  • Long-lasting and very durable
  • Energy-efficient
  • Non-combustible


  • Heavy, so it requires additional framing and support
  • Prone to breakage when walked on
  • Can be expensive

Glass and Plastic

Glass and plastic roofing materials are often used in skylights, sunrooms, and greenhouses. Its polished, clean appearance delivers a warming feel to your property. When you want to add some natural light to your living room, the kitchen, or sunroom, glass, plastic, or plexiglass can be your best friend. 


  • Transparent
  • Looks Great 
  • Adds natural lighting to your home 


  • Can become brittle with age 
  • Heavy (glass)

Polycarbonate Roofing Sheets

Polycarbonate is a resilient, durable thermoplastic roofing material. It’s lightweight and can withstand huge force as well as both low and high temperatures. If you’re looking for an efficient alternative to glass, this is an excellent choice. It provides the same clarity, with even better advantages such as impact resistance and strength. While it’s not the best choice for your entire home, it’s perfect for other structures like sheds, patios, garages, and decks.

  • Offers maximum transparency
  • Impact-resistant
  • Strong and durable
  • Flexible
  • Comes with a UV protective layer

Solar Panels & Tiles

Solar tiles are reliable sources of renewable energy, most especially in places with high solar incidence. It appears more discreet and visually appealing compared to photovoltaic panels. The downside? It’s quite expensive, being one of the newest innovations on the market. They also tend to be less efficient than time tested photovoltaic panels. Don’t worry, though. It’s still possible to integrate it seamlessly into your existing shingles.


  • Helps offset energy costs with solar power


  • Costs more than traditional solar options
  • Not as efficient as traditional solar panels

Built-up Roofing

Built-up roofing is one of the most common materials used on low-slope roofing systems. It comes with high reflectivity values and special coatings. These features help maintain consistent building temperatures, resulting in lower energy bills. 

They typically last around 20 to 25 years, depending on the climate and other materials used. Usually, built-up roofing fares better in warmer climates like we have here in the Central Valley. It also offers better ultra-violet and waterproofing protection.


  • Best for roof-top decks with heavy foot traffic


  • May become sticky in summer

Eco-friendly Materials and Roof Systems

Today, more and more eco-friendly roofing materials are being developed and used by homeowners. If you have a flat roof, you may want to put up a roof garden. These innovative, sustainable materials reduce the need for running your air conditioner and add a beautiful look to your home. It has an estimated lifespan of 40 years.


  • Reduces water runoff
  • Improves air quality
  • Reduces urban “heat island” effect by insulation


  • Needs more structural support
  • Thermal insulation
  • Requires a vapor barrier
  • Requires waterproofing 
  • Soil, compost, and plants

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