Residential Roof Materials

Residential Roofing: Your Home's Signature

Your roof may not be the first thing you notice, but it speaks volumes about you and your home. At Roofing Centre, a family-owned business serving St. Louis, St. Charles, and St. Peters since 2001, we understand the importance of finding the perfect residential roof that fits your budget and style.

Three Key Roof Categories

Three primary categories determine your residential roof type. Let’s explore one of the most popular choices:

Composition Shingles

Composition shingles are the go-to roofing material for many homeowners today. These shingles feature a strong core of fiberglass or cellulose coated with mineral granules and asphalt to ensure they are waterproof. Here’s why they are a top choice:


Composition shingles are one of the most cost-effective roofing materials. Their affordability can help you save on both installation and potential repairs.


With a lifespan of over 30 years (depending on the shingle weight), composition roofs offer long-lasting protection. They are also highly fire-resistant.

Style Variety

Express your home's personality with a wide range of colors, textures, and styles available in composition shingles. Finding shingles that complement your home's aesthetics is a breeze. 

Wood Shingles

Wood shingles, known for their small size and double-sided design, bring a timeless charm to your home. If you’re considering wood roofing, here’s what you need to know:

Aesthetic Appeal

Wood shingles blend seamlessly with your surroundings, enhancing your home's curb appeal. Over time, cedar wood shingles develop a beautiful silver patina. 


Among roofing materials, cedar wood shingles are one of the lightest, making repairs easier and more manageable.

Natural Insulation

Cedarwood is a natural thermal insulator, helping keep your home cool in summer and reducing heating bills in winter. 

Remember, wood shingles work best with a steeper roof pitch to effectively shed moisture.

Metal Roofing

Metal roofing, crafted from steel, aluminum, or copper, offers durability and protection. Consider these advantages:


Metal roofing is often made from recycled materials and can be installed directly over existing roofing, reducing waste.


Metal roofs withstand the harshest elements, from hail and rain to winds and fire. They come with a Class-A fire rating, making them exceptionally fire-resistant.


Depending on the material, metal shingles can last over 40 years, providing peace of mind and long-term value.

While metal roofing is durable, it can be noisy when rain or hail falls. However, its resilience makes it an excellent choice for residential and commercial buildings.

Clay Tiles

Clay tiles, created through a kiln-firing process, offer a unique blend of elegance and durability. Here’s what you need to know about them:

Temperature Resistant

Clay tiles stand firm against extreme temperatures, whether it's cold or scorching heat. They also fend off the sun's harmful UV rays.

Energy Efficiency

With natural insulation properties, clay tiles help keep your energy bills in check by maintaining comfortable indoor temperatures.


These tiles resist water absorption, mold, and mildew, making them virtually maintenance-free. They retain their natural color over time.

However, in Colorado’s frigid winters, clay tiles may be vulnerable to cracking due to low temperatures.

Slate Tiles

Slate tiles, resembling shingle-like flat sheets of rock, bring a timeless stone look to your home. Here’s what makes them exceptional:

Remarkable Longevity

Slate rock boasts an astonishing lifespan, often exceeding 100 years, while retaining its original appearance. 


Resistant to fire, moisture, and insects, slate tiles offer reliable protection against the elements with minimal upkeep.

Enhanced Home Value

Slate's durability and natural beauty elevate your home's value, making it more appealing to future buyers if you ever decide to sell.

It’s worth noting that slate tiles require professional installation due to their weight, and walking on them can be challenging and risk breaking the stone slates.

At Roofing Centre, we’re here to help you make the right choice for your home. As your trusted St. Louis Roofing Contractor, St. Charles Roofing Contractor, and St. Peters Roofing Contractor, we’re committed to enhancing your home’s aesthetics and protection. Contact us today to explore these premium roofing options further.

Elevate Your Home With These Roof Styles.

Your home’s roof is more than just protection; it’s a statement of style and functionality. We guide you through popular residential roof styles at Roofing Centre, a trusted family-owned business serving St. Louis, St. Charles, and St. Peters since 2001.

Gable Roofs

Gable roofs are a common sight in neighborhoods. They form an upside-down V shape, making them simple and visually appealing. However, in windy areas like Fort Collins, Greeley, and along the Front Range, they can act like sails, catching the wind.

Hip Roofs

Hip roofs feature four sloping sides with no vertical roof lines or walls. They come in square and rectangular shapes, offering a more complex truss and rafter structure. Hip roofs are a prevalent choice for residential properties.

A-Frame Roofs

A-frame roofs boast steeply angled sides that meet at the top, resembling the letter ‘A.’ While often associated with churches and German-style cottages, they offer spacious attics, perfect for converting into bedrooms or additional living areas.

Flat Roofs

Flat roofs are making a comeback in residential neighborhoods. They are now considered affordable, durable, easily accessible, and low maintenance. The possibility of rooftop decks or patios adds to their appeal.

These are just a few of the residential roofing styles available. To make the best choice for your family and home, let our experts at Roofing Center walk you through the options in person. We’re here to help you elevate your home’s style and functionality. Contact us today for a personalized consultation.

Understanding Your Residential Roof's Angle

At The Roofing Center, we believe that knowing your roof’s pitch is vital for any roofing project, whether it’s an addition, remodel, repair, or replacement.

Your roof’s pitch is determined by how many inches it rises vertically. For every 12 inches, it extends horizontally. This measurement is crucial for making informed decisions about your roofing needs.

Here's a breakdown of standard roof pitches:

Flat Roof

Anything with a pitch less than 2-in-12.

Low Slope Roof

Ranging from 2-in-12 to 4-in-12 pitch.

Steep Slope Roof

Anything above 4-in-12 pitch, typically up to 21-in-12.

Understanding your roof’s pitch helps us provide the best solutions for your residential roofing requirements. Whether your roof is flat, low slope, or steep slope, The Roofing Center is here to assist you in making informed decisions for your home. Contact us today for expert guidance.

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