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“We are lucky to have a roof over our heads.”

Now there’s a sentence we’ve likely heard a time or two before. When we take the time to pause and think about it, many of us genuinely feel fortunate to have a roof over our heads, but very few of us think about it any further than that.

Typically, people don’t notice or think about their roofs until there is a problem. Roofing material should last for a significant amount of years. However, with the passing of time and exposure to outside elements, eventually, your roof will need repair or replacement.

Routine roof inspections are an excellent way to catch issues before they arise or worsen. Examining the internal and external integrity of the roof biannually in the spring and fall helps identify any potential problems and prepare for the more extreme weather in the summer and winter seasons.

If you discover that your roof needs maintenance, you’ll want to consult a professional to learn about your options and whether or not a repair or replacement is required. They should be able to steer you in the right direction.

Factors to Consider When Choosing Your Shingles and Roof

Every house and roof is different, along with each individual’s needs and preferences. The best roofing material for you may not be the best option for another. Ensure you research material durability, aesthetics, and budget according to your needs.


Consider the long-term durability of the roof material and whether or not you live in a place that needs extra protection from certain outdoor elements. The function of your rooftop is most important. Remember that certain materials are better suited for your climate than others.


Looks aren’t everything, but you probably want an aesthetically pleasing roof that goes with your style and the house itself. The design of the shingle and the color you choose can play a big part in the overall look of your home. After all, it is a prominent feature covering the home.


Now, what’s your budget? When it comes to roofing, there is a price for the material and the labor. The cost will vary depending on what you want to do and what you want to use. Remember, a roof should last years, so getting something functional and appealing is a worthwhile investment.

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Types of Shingles for Residential Roofing

When it comes to residential roofing, there are a variety of options available. Here are a few popular and functional ones for residential roofing purposes.

Asphalt shingles are the most widely used type of shingle because they combine durability, affordability, and looks. Various shingles differ in style, price, and installation methods under the “asphalt” umbrella. Generally, asphalt shingles are composed of asphalt, fiberglass, ceramic granules, and organic materials.

These shingles are the cheapest, most readily available, and easiest to install option. They are strong yet malleable enough to bend with the weight of snow and impact without breaking as well as waterproof and fireproof.

Metal roofing is composed of steel, aluminum, copper, and alloy. Resistant to the elements, it provides a clean look that can last well over 50 years. Metal roofing reflects sunlight instead of absorbing it, making it energy-efficient. Metal can be expensive, but the price will vary depending on the type of metal chosen.

Wood shingles give a rustic and aesthetically pleasing appearance that is also more environmentally friendly. It is pricier than asphalt shingles but cheaper than many other options. Keep in mind that wood is only viable for certain climates as extremely wet or hot and dry weather can lead wood shingles to rot, crack, or be vulnerable to fire. They are also one of the most costly roof types. At Legacy, we do not consider these a viable option for our region.

Concrete Tile is another shingle option. Concrete is insulating due to its ability to reflect sunlight. These tiles are more costly upfront than asphalt ones, but can be a good investment as they last many, many years. They are heavy and need an engineer’s go-ahead to ensure the house’s structure is strong enough for this option.

Polymer Shake, Slate, and Tile are incredibly durable and water-resistant. They have a natural look to them but are expensive. Some houses may be unable to withstand the weight of these shingles, which makes consulting a professional especially important if considering this option.

Different types of residential shingle options: asphalt, metal, wood, clay and concrete, and slate.

Top Rated Shingles for Commercial Roofing

When it comes to commercial roofing, using single-ply roofing material is the most common approach. The single-ply membrane is wide-width sheeting made of synthetic material. It is easy to install, offers fewer seams than other roofing systems, and has a longer lifespan.

There are 3 main types of single-ply membranes: TPO, EPDM, and PVC . The types differ in installation, specific benefits, and their chemical makeup.


Thermoplastic Polyolefin (TPO) is a newer single-ply membrane that has picked up popularity quickly. TPO has shown outstanding performance by being durable and protective in many weather conditions. It is energy efficient, providing UV and heat resistance. There is a selection of colors with TPO roofs, but they are typically white and fused during installation with a hot air gun.


Ethylene Propylene Diene Terpolymer (EPDM) has been around longer and has had more time to prove its high-performance ability. It is typically a naturally dark color that holds heat in and withstands varying weather conditions.


PVC roofing, usually used on low-slope or flat roofs, is a single-ply roof type. Durable, heat-resistant, and leak-resistant, it tends to have a long lifespan. One thing to be aware of when considering PVC is that it is not highly cold resistant. In regions that experience icy winter temperatures, including Northern Arizona, PVC can be susceptible to cracking or even shattering. A conversation with your roofer can help you determine if PVC is the right material for your home.


Some people will opt for metal roofing products for commercial roofing. Often, this requires customization, but it is another durable, long-lasting, weather-resistant option.

Need Help Choosing the Best Shingles?

When choosing a suitable roofing material for your residential home or commercial building, you want to ensure that the material accommodates your needs, the building’s architecture, and your climate. Plus, it helps if it is visually appealing.

Our knowledgeable staff at Legacy Roofing can help check all your boxes and guide you through the roofing process. Reach out today at (928) 227-0702 for answers and solutions to all your roofing questions and needs.

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