A Brief Guide To Different Types Of Roofing Material

There are many different types of roofing materials from exotic options such as custom-made tiles to cedar shakes. However, not all of the different roofing options are commonly used in Jacksonville and surrounding areas because they aren’t ideal in our weather and climatic conditions.

At StormForce, we have extensive experience in roofing in this part of the state. With this experience, we often recommend one or more different types of roofing materials for our commercial and residential customers. Understanding a bit about each roofing type can help you to determine the option that is best for your specific home or commercial building.


By far the most common type of residential roofing material, asphalt shingles are durable, long lasting, and relatively low cost for installation. They are excellent at weatherproofing, and they also have a granular surface that provides both that textured look as well increases the surface strength of the shingles to stand up to wind and rain.

There are various options in asphalt shingles include new designs and technology that provide up to 30-year lifespans and increased wind and storm resistance. Some of the premium types of shingles are designed to mimic the look of other roofing options includes tiles and wood shingles.

3 Tab

3 Tab shingles are asphalt shingles, but they have a unique shape and look when installed. They are one three foot shingle that has three separate one foot wide sections, for a total of three tabs.

These shingles are flat on the roof and provide a uniform look, although there may be color variations across the shingles to create a pattern. Typically most new types of these shingles will offer a 20 to 30-year warranty.

Architectural Shingles

When you see an asphalt shingled roof that looks like it has different levels or surface heights, almost like the look of wood shingles, you are looking at dimensional or architectural shingles. They are actually two shingles that are laminated together, so they are heavier and thicker, and also tend to have a 30-year minimum warranty and up to a lifetime warranty.


A metal roof is a durable, lifelong option for a roofing material. It is constructed from sheets of metal placed upon an insulating layer that limits the noise from the outside.

There is some maintenance to a metal roof, but with new options these are a green option to many roof replacements or new construction projects for commercial and residential buildings.

We can provide you with more information about roofing options based on our free inspection. Give us a call today and we can schedule an appointment to see your home and get started on planning your new roof.