Different Types of Roofing Materials

Increase home value and protect what's inside with a long-lasting roof

Whether you are installing a new roof on a new house or replacing an older roof that is no longer doing its job, there are many choices in terms of the types of roofing materials available. Some of the different options include asphalt shingles, tile roofing, metal roofing and more.
Factors that determine what type of roofing is best include the slope and complexity of the roof, as well as the style of the house, local climate and the cost of different roofing options.
At Exterior Home Solutions, LLC of Greater Knoxville, you can trust that you'll have the best roofing in no time!
Contact us today for your free estimate. We provide quality roofing services, including roof repair, roof replacement and installation in Knoxville, Maryville, Morristown, and the surrounding areas of Tennessee!

Our Roofing Services in Tennessee

  • Roof repair & maintenance
  • Roof replacement
  • New roof installation
  • Gutter & downspout installation
  • Comprehensive roof inspections & estimates


Owen Corning Innovations
Owens Corning has been a leading manufacturer of building materials since 1938. With their innovation, quality, and experience, Owens Corning offers an unparalleled line of products for residential and commercial building purposes.

Owens Corning Roofing Options

Owens Corning offers a wide variety of shingle options, all of which meet the highest standards of quality, durability, and appearance. The three main categories are architectural, specialty, and traditional shingles. Architectural shingles are available in many lines, including TruDefinition Duration Shingles and Oakridge Shingles. Similarly, specialty shingles include Devonshire Shingles, Berkshire Collection Shingles, Duration Premium Cool Shingles, and TruDefinition Duration Storm Impact Resistant Shingles.

Benefits of Owens Corning shingles:

  • A variety of color choices
  • Energy efficient options
  • Extensive warranties
  • Strong and durable

Owens Corning Roofing Options

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Owens Corning provides the best warranty in the industry, including:
  • 50-year transferable warranty that covers all materials and labor for repairs
  • 15-year wind and algae warranty
  • Lifetime workmanship coverage

Asphalt & asphalt fiberglass shingles

Although these terms are used interchangeably, most roof shingles used today are technically known as asphalt fiberglass shingles. The fiberglass mat embedded in the shingle provides an extra measure of strength and tear resistance.
These shingles are the most popular type of roofing for sloped roofs because they're affordable, easy to install, durable, and available in a wide variety of colors. Premium grades of "laminated" asphalt fiberglass shingles are typically warrantied for 50 years.
Manufacturers have created asphalt shingles that imitate the look of wood and slate.

Rubber roofing

Although rubber has been around for a long time, rubber roofing is fairly new. That's because it's taken a great deal of chemistry research to develop a thin rubber membrane with the durability and waterproof qualities required of a roofing material. Rubber roofing is sometimes referred to as EPDM roofing. EPDM is an abbreviation for ethylene propylene diene monomer, the highly engineered compound used to manufacture most types of rubber roofing. Rubber roofing is used primarily on flat or low-slop roofs in both commercial and residential buildings.
A "membrane roof" usually refers to a rubber or EPDM roof that is installed in a flat roof or a low-slope application. Many commercial buildings have membrane roofs; few houses do.
Rubber membrane roofs are often used to seal flat roofs over garages and porches. Credit: EPDM Roofing Association

Metal roofing

Metal roofing is a huge category that includes factory-formed and finished roofing panels as well as roofing panels that are cut and formed at the building site. Metal roofing has a long history of use on houses, farm structures and commercial buildings. Its main limitation is that it's not suitable for use on complex or curved roofs. Like corrugated roofing, many metal roofs can be installed directly over a worn-out older roof without tearing off the old roofing material.
Metal roofing styles range from standing seam styles to shingle look-a-likes.

Flat roofing

This roofing category is often grouped with “low-slope” roofing because many of the roofing treatments are the same. The most common flat-roofing materials used on residential and commercial buildings today include single-membrane systems like EPDM or rubber roofing, thermo-polyolefin (TPO) roofing and PVC roofing. Metal roofing is sometimes used on low-slope roofs, but not on flat roofs.
High-density Spray Polyurethane Foam (SPF) roofing is a system that coats the roof with a continuous layer of foam insulation that can also serve as the finished roof surface (as long as a protective coating is applied over the foam).
Because any flat roof is inherently prone to leaking, it’s important to hire skilled installers whenever flat roofing is repaired, replaced or installed.

Choosing the right roofer is just as important as using quality materials

Exterior Home Solutions, LLC is a full-service roofing contractor, specializing in everything from new roof installations, roof repairs and maintenance to total roof replacements. It doesn't matter what type of roofing system we are working with, we always ensure quality workmanship, excellent customer service and a long-lasting, durable roof over your head.
Our roofers work throughout the Greater Knoxville area, including Morristown, Maryville, Knoxville, Oak Ridge, Sevierville, Clinton, Lenoir City, Newport, Seymour, Powell and many parts of Tennessee. Call us at 1-844-498-5401 today to schedule an appointment for a roofing estimate.
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Asphalt Shingle Roofing in Knoxville, Morristown & Surrounding Areas

We provide expert asphalt roof repair, maintenance & installation

Asphalt shingles are the most popular roof covering for homes, largely because they are relatively inexpensive, are durable, and come in a wide variety of styles, colors, and textures. Here at Exterior Home Solutions, LLC, we carry three-tab shingles and architectural shingles from leading manufacturers to give your home a long-lasting beautiful finish.
To get the longest life out of your asphalt roof, proper installation, maintenance, and repair is necessary. That's why it's important to choose an experienced, professional contractor you can trust.
We are your local asphalt roofing expert serving Maryville, Knoxville, Morristown and many areas of Tennessee.
Versatile & affordable roofing. Four out of five homes have an asphalt shingle roof. With a wide array of styles, asphalt shingles can achieve almost any desired look - affordably.

Contact us today for your free estimate on shingle roofing

Call us at 1-844-498-5401 or click below to schedule your roof inspection and get a no-cost, no-obligation roofing estimate.

Benefits of asphalt shingle roofing

  • Low maintenance - When installed properly, asphalt shingles require little maintenance & can be easily repaired if damaged.
  • Affordability - The low material cost & long life expectancy of asphalt shingles provide unmatched value.
  • Versatility - Asphalt shingles are available in an array of styles and colors to match any home.
  • Durable Protection - Most asphalt fiberglass shingles have a Class A fire rating and excellent wind resistance.

Upgrade your home with a durable, energy-saving roof

Whether you're looking for an inexpensive roof covering or stylish high-performance shingles, we offer asphalt shingles to meet your style and budget. Asphalt shingles are available in two varieties: fiberglass (or composition) and organic. Composite shingles are made of a fiberglass base mat with a waterproof asphalt coating that protects against weather damage. The traditional 3-tab asphalt shingle has been around a long time and is the most common roof covering. Architectural, or dimensional, shingles provide value and strength in a genuine wood-shake look.
Many manufacturers have adopted energy-saving technology to reduce the amount of heat absorbed by your roof. We install ENERGY STAR-rated cool roof shingles designed to reflect the sun's rays, reduce the temperature of your roof, and help lower your energy costs.

Ensure a lasting roof with our quality asphalt roof services

Owens Corning
Our trained, experienced roofers make sure that each shingle is nailed down properly to prevent blow-offs and roof leaks. In addition to asphalt shingle installation and repair, we also service a wide variety of roofing materials and can handle all types of roof repair, new roof installation and re-roofing jobs. Contact us today for a free estimate for the roofing services you need. We proudly serve Oak Ridge, Sevierville, Clinton, Lenoir City, Newport, Seymour, Powell and nearby towns and cities.

All of our Owens Corning shingles are manufactured right here in Tennessee!

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Metal Roofing Installation in Greater Knoxville

A metal roof is a durable roofing option with little to no maintenance needed

Metal roofing has a long history and a great future as a roofing option on residential and commercial buildings.
The earliest metal roofs were “standing seam” roofs that skilled contractors fabricated on site from large rolls of sheet metal. Today these traditional metal roofs can still be found on historic houses. These days, most new metal roofing comes in the form of factory-made steel panels.
Ridges formed in the panels form overlapping seams during roof installation. Factory-applied finishes provide corrosion resistance and color choices.
If you would like to learn more about installing a metal roof on a new building or replacing your current roof with a metal roofing system, contact Greater Knoxville's expert roofers at Exterior Home Solutions, LLC today! We provide free estimates for all of our Tennessee roofing services. We proudly service Knoxville, Maryville, Morristown and many surrounding areas.

Our Metal Roofing Services

  • Free evaluation and inspection of metal roofs
  • Free estimates for all repair and replacement work
  • Metal roof repairs
  • Metal roof replacement
  • Metal roof installation on new and existing buildings

Metal Roofing Advantages

  • Durable and long lasting
  • Low maintenance requirements
  • Available in different colors and styles
  • Can sometimes be installed over existing asphalt shingle roofing
  • Good green value because of recycled content and ease of recycling.
Metal roofing in shingle, shake, slate, and tile styles has reinvigorated the metal roofing industry.

Choosing a metal roofing contractor

If you need metal roof repairs or want a metal roof installed on your home or commercial building, make sure to go with a roofing contractor with experience in this type of roofing. A reputable contractor should provide you with a free estimate for roofing work, as well as references based on past metal roofing installations.
The cost of installing a metal roof will depend on the size, slope and style of your roof. Steeper roofs always cost more because of the extra staging that’s required. A complex roof with many valleys and intersecting ridges will be more expensive than a simple gable or shed-roof structure. Contact us today, to find out which roofing materials are right for your home!
Exterior Home Solutions, LLC specializes in metal roofing, as well as other types of roofing systems. We have the equipment and expertise to handle all of your roofing needs, including roof repair, roof replacement and new roof installation in Maryville, Knoxville, Morristown, Lenoir City, Oak Ridge, Sevierville, Powell, Newport, Seymour, Clinton and nearby.
Contact us today to schedule an estimate for metal roofing. Give us a call at 1-865-524-5888 or contact us online to meet with one of our experts as soon as possible!

Metal Roofing FAQ

Metal roofing may not be the first option many property owners consider when reroofing or constructing a new building, but perhaps it should be. Metal roofing has unique characteristics compared to other roofing materials, and these differences are often associated with notable advantages in terms of performance and longevity.
Click on the frequently asked questions below to learn more about metal roofing.

How much longer will a metal roof last than other common roofing materials, like asphalt shingles?

An asphalt shingle roof can wear out in 15-20 years when exposed to severe weather like intense sunlight or heavy snowfall that causes ice dams to form along roof eaves. In contrast, metal roofing stands up exceptionally well to weather extremes. It’s a safe bet that a newly installed metal roof will last 40 – 60 years.

Does a metal roof cost more than other types of roofing?

The installed cost of a metal roof is subject to the same variables that determine any roofing installation: roof size, roof pitch (steep roofs cost more) and roof complexity (the number of valleys, ridges, skylights and dormers). That said, you can expect a metal roof to cost two or three times as much as an asphalt shingle roof. A metal roof typically costs about the same as a tile or cedar shingle roof, but less than a slate roof.

How will a metal roof stand up in bad weather?

Thanks to the super-durable factory-applied finishes used on metal roofing, today’s metal roofs are exceptionally durable and resistant to weather-related damage. Unlike asphalt and wood shingle roofing that holds snow, a metal roof will shed snow, which prevents damaging ice dams from forming. Metal roofing won’t degrade in direct sunlight like a wood shingle roof can. Nor will it lose a protective layer of material, which is what happens as asphalt shingle roofing slowly sheds its protective granules. A properly installed metal roof exceeds building code requirements for resistance to uplift in high winds. Although hail damage (denting) can occur in a severe hail storm, dented panels can usually be replaced easily.

Will a metal roof be noisy when it rains?

Barns and sheds that have metal roofing installed directly over exposed, open framing are responsible for this noisy reputation. However, when metal roofing is installed over a plywood or OSB underlayment (sheathing), the noise produced during a rainstorm is minimized; it’s usually no more than what an asphalt shingle roof would sound like in the rain.

How “green” is metal roofing?

About 20 billion pounds of asphalt shingles are dumped into landfills in the U.S. every year. This isn’t good for the environment. In contrast, a new metal roof can often be installed directly over an old asphalt shingle roof, and it will last 2-3 times longer. Metal roofing contains recycled steel, and it’s easier to recycle than asphalt shingles are.

Will I be able to find a style and color of metal roofing that will look nice on my house and in my neighborhood?

The variety of metal roofing styles often surprises someone unfamiliar with this roofing category. Although you can install metal roofing manufactured to look like other materials (slate, wood shingles, tile), many home and business owners opt for metal roofing panels manufactured in different parallel profiles that run the length of each panel. As for metal roofing colors, your choices are almost unlimited. Compatible flashing, transition profiles and other roofing elements are also available to give your metal roof a well-crafted appearance.
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Flat Roof Repair, Replacement and Installation in Knoxville, Maryville & Nearby Areas

Experts for residential and commercial flat roofing in TN

It’s not easy to decide what type of flat roof is best for your building. Some flat roofing treatments are equally suitable for new construction or re-roofing applications, while others are not. Some flat roofing materials offer advantages in large-scale commercial projects, but cause problems on smaller residential roofs. Energy performance, maintenance requirements and installation costs are other factors when choosing a flat roofing material.
Exterior Home Solutions, LLC offers services such as flat roof repair and maintenance and flat roof installations for commercial, industrial and residential customers. We have an experienced team of roofers who can help you select the right type of roof for your home or commercial building, or evaluate your existing flat roof to suggest the proper repairs.
Contact us today to schedule an appointment for a free estimate. We serve customers in Morristown, Maryville, Knoxville and surrounding Tennessee areas.
Heat fusion. The challenge of sealing seams in flat roofing materials is sometimes met with the flame from a heat gun.

Hire a roofing contractor with installation expertise

Even the best roofing material available can fail if it’s not properly installed. That’s why it’s important to hire a roofing contractor with the resources to complete a first-class installation. These resources include a courteous, well-trained crew; proper equipment and tools to do the job; and experience with the roofing material you wish to install.
The brief descriptions below will provide some guidance when selecting a flat roof.

Flat roof solutions for commercial and residential applications

  • Built-up roofing (BUR) has a long history. This “old-school” flat roof treatment involves the application of roofing felt (tar paper) and asphalt-based roofing tar, often in multiple layers. A top layer of gravel or a reflective coating is required to cut down on heat gain and improve durability. Maintenance and repair work usually call for more felt and coating layers to be applied. Over time, this adds weight to the roof and increases the mess and expense of its eventual removal. Though BUR remains an economical option, it can’t compete with more modern flat roofing materials in terms of low maintenance, light weight and durability.
  • Modified bitumen works well on residential & small-scale commercial flat roofs. Because it comes in 3-ft.-wide rolls, modified bitumen roofing is easy to handle and apply. Basically, you roll out the material so that seams overlap. Seams can be fused with a torch or sealed with special adhesive. The roof surface gets a reflective coating for durability and reduced heat absorption.
  • EPDM roofing has a good track record. Despite its exotic chemical derivation, ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM for short) has the look and feel of an everyday rubber inner tube. EPDM comes in large rolls and is well-suited to application over any large, flat roof surface, providing the substrate is clean and uniform. The flexible rubber material is glued to the roof substrate and to adjacent EPDM sections (Installation with mechanical fasteners is also possible). An EPDM roof can easily last 20 years with minimal maintenance, but its dark tone absorbs a tremendous amount of heat. To prolong the life of this single-ply roof and reduce cooling costs, a reflective top coating is essential. Alternatively, you can pay extra for EPDM membrane with a white top layer.
  • PVC roofing offers top performance for a premium price. This single-ply roofing material is made from polyvinyl chloride, the same high-performance plastic used in plumbing pipes. Like EPDM, PVC is most frequently used on larger commercial roofing jobs. Seams between PVC sheets are welded together with a specially designed heat gun. The resulting membrane is impermeable to moisture, with excellent durability. Because PVC roofing is naturally white, it has excellent heat-reflective qualities without any coating or extra treatment.
  • TPO roofing is a light, affordable single-ply option. TPO is short for thermo-plastic olephine, the chemical composition of this fabric-like roofing material. TPO represents a newer roofing technology that’s still being refined by different manufacturers. The material comes in rolls of different sizes, making it suitable for a variety of flat roof projects. It can be installed with adhesives, mechanical fasteners or heat welding. Like EPDM and PVC roofing, TPO requires a clean, uniform substrate; it can’t be installed directly over existing roofing material. Although TPO usually costs less than EPDM or PVC, it doesn’t yet have the same track record of proven performance.
  • Spray polyurethane foam (SPF) combines roofing, flashing & insulation. Instead of tearing off an old flat roof, SPF technology enables a contractor to spray on a continuous layer of high-density foam that seals leaks, bridges gaps and forms a waterproof barrier - even around roof penetrations like vent stacks. As a bonus, the cured foam layer has good insulation value, helping to reduce heating and cooling costs. Building owners who want to avoid the mess, disruption and expense of tearing off an old flat roof often find SPF roofing their best option. Once cured, the foam is coated with a sealant that protects against ultraviolet degradation.

Get a free estimate for any of our quality flat roof services

Exterior Home Solutions, LLC is experienced in a wide range of flat roof services for commercial, residential and industrial buildings in Knoxville, Maryville, Morristown, Sevierville, Oak Ridge, Lenoir City, Clinton, Powell, Newport, Seymour and nearby towns and cities. It doesn't matter if you are looking for flat roof repair, or installing a new roof; our professionals will inspect your building, go over all of the options, and answer any questions you may have. We take the time to make sure that you are able to make an informed decision when it comes to protecting your home or business.
To schedule an appointment for a free quote for flat roof replacement, repair, or installation, give us a call at 1-865-524-5888 or send us an email to get started.
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