phoenix mountain home with tile roofing

Attractive Roofing Solutions for Your Home

You want a roof on your home that is not only durable and long lasting but also attractive as well. Use this guide to learn more about tile, wood shake, and metal roofing to determine which attractive material is best for your home’s needs.


Tile roofing is known for its aesthetic appeal; however, the material is also highly durable against high winds and other severe weather conditions. Tile roofing is also a more permanent roofing solution, as this type of roof can last around 70 years when it’s professionally installed.

Tile roofing comes in many styles and takes on different cultural influences. For example, consider Mediterranean or Spanish tile roofing to give your home a cultural and unique essence.

Alternatively, you can install tile roofing so that it resembles other types of materials, such as wood shakes or shingles and even slate. Tile roofing can be found in a variety of hues, from a rich earthy green to a soft blue or even a gray tone.

The cost of tile roofing is higher than that of traditional asphalt shingle roofing and generally less than metal roofing, but the longevity of the material as well as its fireproof qualities make it a worthy investment.

Wood Shake

If you want a more natural roof that adds charm and classic appeal, then consider wood shakes as your roofing solution. Wood shakes are commonly made of either cedar or redwood and are a natural insulator for the home (thus reducing your energy costs).

While wood shakes are a natural material, the shakes themselves are often treated with a fire-proofing chemical to make the wood less prone to fire damage. Wood shakes are also very durable and can last up to four decades. Wood shakes are thicker than other shingles. Wood shakes are cut in a rugged design to add dimension and a rustic appeal to the home.

According to Home Advisor, the average homeowner spends around $20,000 when they install a wood shake roof, although your costs may differ depending on the size of your roof and any custom cutting that the roof may need. Your roofing contractor will give you an estimate for wood shake roofing.


Metal roofing is increasing in popularity among homeowners due to the streamlined appeal of this roofing solution. Metal roofing is also easy to install and, depending on the material, can last between 40 and 70 years.

Since metal can be pounded and molded into different shapes, you can achieve nearly any design of roof you want with metal roofing. Metal can be shaped in texture and size to resemble slate tiles, wood shakes, and even classic shingles. Metal roofs also come in a variety of colors, such as black, brown, tan, and even custom hues depending on your budget and the style of your home’s exterior.

The cost of a metal roof starts at around $7 per square foot installed, and can be substantially higher if more exotic metals are desired. This is slightly higher than your traditional asphalt roof, but with more attractive results and a much longer lifespan.

You can achieve your goal of having a durable roof that adds curb appeal at the same time. Your budget will largely determine whether metal, tile, or wood shake roofing is right for your needs. Refer to your roofing specialist for advice when comparing these three materials.

Any type of roof, once professionally installed, will need to be inspected periodically by a roofing contractor. The type of roof you have will determine if your roof needs to be inspected yearly or less frequently.

The right roof will add beauty and curb appeal to your home. Call our roofing specialists at SUNVEK for all your roofing needs. Whether you are remodeling or designing a brand-new roof, we are here to help you improve your home today.

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