Roofing and Siding guide for homeowners: materials, prices and installation

Roofing and Siding are essential part of home exterior, and without a properly installed roof or siding, the structure of your home will begin to deteriorate, requiring expensive repairs. There are many types of roofing and siding for residential homes. On this site you will find comprehensive information about all types of roofs (shingles, metal roofing, flat rubber roofs, etc) and siding materials (vinyl siding, cedar and wood siding, fiber cement, aluminum and other types of wall covering for homes).

Besides materials, you will find information and roof and siding prices, DIY installation guides, guides to choosing exterior contractors to install your roof and siding. You can also use our online calculators to estimate roofing and siding costs.

Roofing and Siding Materials

Roofing Materials Guide – quick overview of most popular residential roofing materials – asphalt roof shingles, metal shingles, cedar shingles, and synthetic slate roofs.

  • Asphalt roof shingles – most widely used and most economical type of roof covering.
  • Interlocking Metal Shingles – more expensive, long-lasting premium roofing material – provides over 50 years of roof life, saves energy and prevents ice dams.
  • Cedar shingles and shakes – expensive, yet not as long lasting roof type, commonly installed on custom built mansions / larger homes as well as historic homes.
  • Synthetic slate shingles – a light and inexpensive alternative to real slate, which offers same long-lasting roof life-cycle, is easier to install, and costs less than half the price of real slate.

Siding Materials Guide – learn about most popular types of residential siding: vinyl, cedar/wood, faber cement and aluminum siding.

  • Vinyl Siding
  • Cedar / Wood Siding
  • Fiber Cement Siding
  • Aluminum / Metal Siding

Roofing and Siding Prices guide

Residential roofing and vinyl siding vary greatly from state to state, from city to city, depending and your home / roof, type of materials you choose, and a contractor installing your roof or siding. We will soon publish residential roofing and siding guides. In the mean time you can use free roof estimating tool at to estimate approximate residential roof costs for asphalt roof shingles, metal roof and flat rubber roofing.

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