most common roof types

Maine and New England are known for colonial- and Cape Cod-style houses. Because of New England’s traditional homes’ quaint style, fierce weather can wreak havoc on roofs, siding, and soffits, but what are the most common roofing styles on homes in Brunswick these days?


Slate Tile

Slate tile has always been a fashionable look on the roofs of homes in New England, particularly among the wealthy. For most people, it’s prohibitively expensive, though. Many modern homes aren’t built to withstand the weight of heavy slate tiling. Slate requires extra support in roofing joists that make it even more expensive.

Recently, manufacturers have begun making slate roofing tiles out of composite materials that make them lighter and cheaper. Customers who are looking for a classic appearance for their roofing that fits well with traditional New England styles could consider composite slate.


Asphalt Shingles

The most common and economical roofing in Maine is asphalt shingles, and premium asphalt shingles can mimic the appearance of much more expensive materials.

There are three different basic types of asphalt shingles to choose from, but hundreds of different styles within each class. Asphalt shingles come in dozens of different colors for each style. Even if you want economical roofing shingles that look like cedar shake or composite slate, there are shingle options available.



Three-tab shingles are the most basic, made from single sheets of asphalt combined with a coating of mineral granules that reflect light. They lay flat on the roof and are more susceptible to getting damaged by strong winds, but they are easy to install and economical for budget-minded customers.



Architectural or dimensional shingles have another shingle layer that gives them extra depth, so they appear three-dimensional. Architectural shingles are more expensive than the cheaper three-tab variety and come in more styles. But they have additional longevity and durability, which makes them an excellent choice for most New England homes.



Premium shingles are the ones that can closely resemble other shingle types. If you want the look of slate tiles but don’t have the roof strength to support real slate, premium shingles may be your best and most economical option. Premium shingles have similar durability and thickness as architectural shingles, so they’ll last longer than three-tab while providing you with the curb appeal that your home deserves.




Metal roofing in Maine is rarer, but it is becoming popular among customers looking for a sturdy and environmentally friendly option. Metal roofing tiles are easy to install and can be recycled, though they’re more expensive than asphalt shingles. They’re the best option for anyone who doesn’t want to worry much about roof maintenance and is looking for strength and security.

Our installers at Summit Exteriors excel at installing all these options on homes across Brunswick. Call us soon for an assessment and consultation.