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The number of different roofing materials is expanding as technological advancements create new options. It can be difficult to know whether to stick with the old tried-and-true varieties or go with one of the more recent ones.

roofingOdyssey Contracting is an experienced roofing contractor in the Triangle area of North Carolina, and we are always happy to educate and inform the consumer so you can make the best decision for your roof. With that in mind, let’s break down a few of the main options along with each of the pros and cons that come along with them.

Asphalt Roofing

These are the shingles you are likely used to seeing on most roofs in North Carolina. They are generally grayish and are the least expensive of the options. Despite their name, these shingles contain not only asphalt but fiberglass. The lifespan is a solid 25 years, and they are strong enough to be walked on without damage. All of this explains why they are the most common variety.

The downsides to asphalt shingles include the fact that strong winds can pull them up easier than some heavier options. Also, because so many people have this look, some find it to be less exciting and look for a more unique option.

Clay Tile

These half-cylinder overlapping tiles are popular in the southwestern United States, Latin America, and the Mediterranean, but some opt for them here in the Raleigh Durham area as well. One advantage of tile roofs is they offer a timeless, stylish look. They also last a very long time. The tile is a bit more expensive though and can crack if repeatedly walked on.

Wooden Shake

Another classic roofing material is wood shake shingles. These are square or rectangle shingles that are cut from cedar, southern pine, redwood, or other woods. They can last a long time but do require some extra upkeep and installation time. Problems include the possibility of insect infestation, mold and even rotting if not properly maintained. Wooden shingles are also more expensive.


As you can imagine, a roof made of finished stone can be a bit pricier, but it is a very attractive look. The stone slate is also known to last more than a century, making it likely the most durable of all roofing styles. Stone is by nature heavy, so you’ll also have to make sure the framing underneath was built to handle the load.


Who doesn’t like the sound of rain on a tin roof? Metal has been used for a long time for roofing and is making a comeback. While more expensive than asphalt, it can last many decades, is strong, and doesn’t take much upkeep. Copper, tin, steel, aluminum, and even lead roofs are available in different colors and styles.

Cement and Composite

A more modern approach is to buy non-traditional materials that mimic the look of wood, stone slate, and other styles. These can last a long time, not be quite as expensive as the authentic wood and stone and not add as much weight.

Odyssey Contracting

Odyssey Contracting serves Clayton, Fuquay-Varina, RaleighGarner, Durham, Cary, Chapel Hill, and Wake Forest, but also as far west as Greensboro and as far east as Fayetteville. We are always willing to discuss which option is best for our customers. It’s not just about recommending what will give us the biggest contract. We want to help you get the longest life from your roof. Our phone number is 919-916-5640 if you wish to discuss the best options for your roof. Don’t forget to follow us on social media for our latest deals and specials & events!