Austin Roofing Types and Materials

Austin Roofing Guys provide high-quality roofing services throughout the greater Austin and Central Texas areas. Whether a roof has been damaged or has just exceeded its useful life, Austin Roofing Guys can replace the roof with a roofing material that fits the style of the house and the homeowner’s budget.

A good roof over your head is one of the most basic of human necessities. It should come as no surprise, then, that there are a multitude of roofing materials to choose from to accomplish that task, each with their own unique advantages and disadvantages. The two that we’re going to compare today are asphalt shingles and metal roofing. Both are popular choices, and both have unique lists of pros and cons and are best for different situations.

Asphalt Shingles

The staff at Austin Roofing Guys will help a homeowner choose from among the variety of roofing materials. The most popular roofing material is asphalt shingles. Asphalt shingles have a low upfront cost because the materials are less expensive than other roofing types and require no special equipment to install. However, asphalt shingles are as durable as other types of roofing materials and are susceptible to the effects of weather and climate.

  • Can Be Easily Repaired- In the event of a large storm, some of your asphalt shingles may invariably become cracked or come loose. Not to worry, though, because asphalt shingles are easily replaced on a shingle by shingle basis. The great thing about them is that you can replace the damaged shingles without disturbing the rest of the undamaged ones, which leads to inexpensive maintenance.
  • Come in Every Style- Asphalt shingles come in every color, size, and shape that you can imagine. There are even types that imitate the look of other types of roofing materials, which gives homeowners the opportunity for a high-end look at a fraction of the price. When you choose asphalt shingles, you’ll have no problem trying to find an option that matches your home’s style.
  • Easy on the Budget- More often than not, asphalt shingles are one of the cheapest, if not the cheapest roofing material available. Costs will vary depending on the grade of the shingle, but it is a very cost effective choice. The low ongoing maintenance costs also contribute to asphalt shingles’ low impact on your bottom line.
  • Lightweight- Some materials require costly modifications to be made to your home before installation just to support the weight of the roofing material, but not asphalt shingles. They are almost surprisingly light and very easy to work with. You won’t need to worry about installing any additional bracing or roof supports when you choose asphalt shingles.
  • Easy Installation- Asphalt shingles are easy to install on any roof, regardless of size or shape. They can be installed in a matter of hours with a professional roofing crew, or even by a handy homeowner.
  • Long Lasting- Asphalt shingles, depending on their grade, have an expected average lifespan of 15 to 30 years.

Asphalt shingles are the most popular choice for roofing material in America, and for good reason. They are practical, durable, lightweight, and light on the wallet, but they still come in a wide range of various colors, styles, and designs. What more could you ask for?

Austin Roofing Guys specializes in a newer alternative to the traditional asphalt shingle, the lifetime, algae resistant, HD dimensional shingle. These shingles rate much higher than traditional asphalt shingles for resistance to wind. Austin Roofing Guys will upgrade a customer order of composition asphalt shingles to HD dimensional shingles for free.

Metal Roofing

Metal roofs are becoming more and more popular due to their unique aesthetic, low maintenance requirements, and durability. It comes in several different colors to match your home’s decor. One drawback is that not just any roofing company can install or repair a metal roof- they have to be experienced in dealing with the unique challenges that metal roofing provides. A good way to find a reputable metal roofing company in your area is to find a home in your neighborhood with a gorgeous metal roof, and knock on the door to ask who installed it.

  • Durability and Strength- In professional wind tests and when exposed to all types of weather, there are few roofing materials that perform as well as metal does. A typical standing seam metal roof can last 50 years or more with proper care and maintenance, which is more than double the expected lifespan of the average shingled roof.
  • A Good Investment- Metal roofs not only offer a good investment while you live in your home, but they can produce a significant return on that initial investment once it comes time to sell the house. Buyers recognize the superior longevity and beauty of a metal roof and are prepared to pay more for one.
  • Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind- With more traditional roofing materials, there are any number of things that can go wrong including cracking, loose shingles, water leakage, mold or algae growth, and many more. These worries are a thing of the past once you install a metal roof. It is immune to such things, which lets you spend more time living your life and less time worrying about the sorry state of your roof.
  • Improved Fire Retardance- A metal roof can more efficiently stop the spread of a flame that breaks out either within your home or in someone else’s. This feature will no doubt increase your peace of mind and reduce your homeowner’s insurance premiums.
  • Lowers Heating and Cooling Costs- The reflective surface of the metal roofing reflects a large amount of radiant sunlight away from your home, keeping it nice and cool during the hot summer, and allowing you to spend less money on air conditioning costs.

Wood Shake Roof

Wood shakes are another option for roofing material. Wood shakes are especially popular for homes located in natural wooded areas. Because of their composition, wood shakes are susceptible to insect damage and do not provide a high level of fire protection. The shakes can be treated to be insect and fire resistant.

Clay tile Roof

Clay tiles are a popular choice for homes built in a Mediterranean or Spanish style. Clay tiles are durable and should last a long time without replacement. Clay tiles are much heavier than asphalt shingles or wood shakes. A building may require structural reinforcement if it is going to withstand the weight of a clay tile roof.

Slate tiles

Slate tiles are an attractive upscale roofing option. Because they come from a natural source and can be recycled when removed, slate tiles are friendly to the environment.


Austin Roofing Guys has a long list of satisfied customers. Customers have praised us for helping them through the insurance process after a storm, keeping the yard cleaning throughout the roofing process and completing a roof replacement job in only one day.

Austin Roofing Guys is an experienced, reputable roofing contractor. The family owned business’ mission is to provide high quality service and customer satisfaction and to make its customers feel as though they are part of the family.