Many roofing materials can be suitable for your new garage. You may use sheets like shingles or self-adhesive roofs for your garage covering to ensure protection, but you should consider combining these roofs with drip edges, vents and insulation.

External elements can likely ruin the state of your garage roof, which may not be good for your vehicle and other things stored inside the garage. Therefore when choosing a roofing material for your garage, go for those with a high pitch.

There are quality roofs that can keep your garage away from the dangers of an external element and the following roofing materials can be good options for your new garage


Slate roofs are stylish and can protect your garage while also improving your home’s curb appeal. They are available in beautiful colors, shapes and sizes, and you can rest assured this roof will fit with several garage styles.

This type of roof is long-lasting in the way that it maintains its good quality even though the underlay sheet of material depreciates over time. While it is good to maintain your roof, slate roofs need only minimal maintenance since they are not prone to insect damage or deterioration.

Slate may be expensive when compared with other roofing materials, as it is a heavy material, but you should also know that it offers top-notch protection for your garage against fire disasters.

If you are building a new garage, do not try to make roof choices on your own. You can hire a roofing contractor to help you with the entire process. Your hired professional can choose slate for you if your garage can handle its weight. However, if you are choosing slate for your new garage, take precautions when cleaning the gutters, as this material can break if walked upon. You can ease the cleaning task by using professional help anytime you are cleaning out the gutters.

Concrete Tiles

Concrete Tiles for garage

Concrete tiles are very durable and offer several roofing advantages for your new garage. These tiles are designed to resist weather conditions and require less maintenance.

Concrete tiles have a similar resemblance to wood and shingles, but they do not share similar disadvantages. Concrete tiles are designed to look like heavy clay tiles or slates even though they are lightweight. Like slate, this roofing material can be more expensive than a few other roofing materials.

Asphalt Shingles

Many homeowners opt for asphalt shingles for the roofing of their garage. In fact, you will see asphalt shingles more than you will see other roofing options on many residential homes in the United States today.

Unlike slate, asphalt shingles are lightweight, and this advantage helps in the reduction of pressure on your roof. They are designed in several beautiful colors.

If you are living in an environment prone to cold climate conditions, you can enjoy an asphalt shingle as this roofing material does not suck up water. Therefore, it keeps your roof safe from ice damage.

The downside of asphalt shingles is that they cannot absorb heat. Therefore, they can increase the temperature in the garage during hot seasons. To reduce the temperature, you can use an air conditioner– especially if you hang out in your garage a lot in the summertime. However, not all asphalt shingles will boost the temperature of the garage during summer. This type of roof can be quite durable, up to about twenty years, if it has not encountered excessive heat. Note: lighter-colored asphalt shingles can reduce heat temperature and make the shingles more long-lasting.

Metal Roofing

Roofing materials designed with metals are often fire-resistant and long-lasting. Metal roofing is a great option for your new garage as it is energy-efficient, does not consume much heat and requires minimal maintenance. Also, your energy bill will be reduced.

Metal roofing can be expensive like other concrete roofing materials, but this is the only disadvantage. 

Wood Shingles 

Wood Shingles for roof

Wood shingles are beautiful. They improve the appearance of your home by adding a natural look to the entire garage. If you are using the wood shingle option, you must consider the environment you live in.

With wood shingles, your garage can get natural air, and you can store things inside since it is a comfortable temperature. However, the disadvantage encountered with using wood shingles is that they are prone to getting damaged by rot, mold infestation and wood-loving insects.

To protect your wood shingles from quickly getting damaged, you must ensure proper maintenance from time to time. 

Another downside is that wood is easily combustible, Therefore, when choosing a wood shingle, ensure that it is treated to withstand fire disaster.

Amongst all the roofing materials, wood shingles are not expensive even though the installation procedure may be difficult compared to the installation of asphalt shingles. If you want to have a perfect installation, hire a professional roofing contractor. If you care for your wood shingles, they can be durable for up to five decades.


Asphalt shingles, concrete tiles, wood shingles, metal roofs, etc., are great choices for your new garage. They will not only boost the curb appeal of your home, but they can also make the garage feel more secure as well. Some of these roofing materials may be expensive due to their advantage of heat absorption, and it is better to get the best in order to spend a lesser amount of money on energy bills. Also, you can have long-lasting roofs if you maintain them as often as possible. Consult the roofing experts at Arko Exteriors. They will guide you regarding all these aspects.