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What Are the Different Types of Roofing?

What Are the Different Types of Roofing?

With the different types of roofing, it can be confusing as to which one is the best for your home. In this article we will break down the three different types of roofing Wyben Amarillo Roofing offers to help you decide the right fit for your home. 

At Wyben Amarillo Roofing we offer composition shingles, metal roofs, and wood shakes for our clients.


Composition shingles are the most popular type and affordable roofing material in the United States.  

Versatility with shingles makes them a great choice for many homeowners. With different classes and colors, it can be confusing as to which are the best roofing materials for your home, but we are here to help break it down.


Composition Roofing shingles are great for those also looking for colored shingles, too!  At Wyben Amarillo Roofing, we offer a variety of colors with grays, browns, blacks and more! While there are many people who are hesitant to consider darker shingles for their roofing, our team puts your mind at ease with our high-end ventilation system.


Most composite shingles come with a lifetime manufacturer’s warranty, but on average roofing with composition shingles can last between 20-30 years. Compared to other metal roofing options, composite shingles do not have the longest lifetime, however they are easier to repair if there are any damages to the roofing. 

Shingles come in a variety of colors and styles from a Class 3 Laminated Architectural shingles to the high-end, Class 4 Presidential shingles!


Shingles are classified based on the products’ resistance to impact during the Underwriter Laboratory 2218 (UL 2218) test, better known as the “steel ball test.” During this roofing test, a steel ball is dropped from a specified height on an installed roof repeatedly, and the shingle is later examined to determine if any damage is visible. 


These breaks and cracks can mimic damage that would allow for leaks or other outdoor debris into your home’s roof. 

Class 4 Shingles have the highest resistance out of all the classes. To be classified as such, the roofing must be able to withstand a 2” diameter steel ball dropped from a height of 20 feet, with no evidence of cracking, tearing, or fractured singles. 


While most shingles are not impact rated, Class 4 Roofing can be more expensive than other roofing choices. However, with the tested impact rating, homeowners are able to have a peace of mind knowing their roof has a high level of impact resistance. While you cannot classify any roofing as “hail proof,” Class 4 has met the strongest level of resistance given by the Underwriters Laboratories (UL). 

There are additional benefits to investing in Class 4 Roofing. With this added protection to your home, many insurance providers on average provide a 10-27% discount to your premium. 


With the highest level of resistance, investing in Class 4 Roofing can lower your likelihood of damage after hail storms or from other debris. By reducing the likelihood of damage to your roof, this in turn can lower the future expense of roofing repair or other damages caused by a failing roof. 



Investing in composition shingles for your roofing can be a great way to add to your home’s aesthetic appeal and value. A high-profile ridge and open valley metal are two very easy options to incorporate on a composite shingles roof. 

Wyben Amarillo Roofing High-Profile Ridge


High-profile ridges, unlike its normal ridge cap, allow for a dramatic design that adds depth, dimension, and texture to your roofing. This in turn can add to your home’s value by crafting a  modern sleek look to your home.

Wyben Amarillo Roofing Open Valley Metal


To begin this process, roofing contractors fasten metal accents at the joint that will later add depth to the house. When the shingles installation is complete, roofing contractors are then able to cut and seal the composition shingles where they overlap the metal accents.

While the open valley adds to the appearance of your home, the system is also known for draining water and ice quicker than its closed valley counterpart.


Composition roofing is easy to maintain with their minimal maintenance requirements.

Listed are few ways to maintain the best condition of your roofing:

  • Trimming of overhanging tree branches
  • Replacing damaged or missing shingles
  • Cleaning out gutter

We encourage you to check out our other resource 5 Tips to Prepare Your Roof for Any Weather Conditions to learn more in depth on how to protect your roofing. 

To help protect your home, Wyben Roofing offers a LIFETIME WARRANTY on all newly installed composite shingles roofs. 


Composition Shingles, while the most popular selection for roofing projects, are not the only choice for residential roofing. Homeowners can also choose metal roofing or wooden shakes.


Metal roofs are a beautiful and unique option for homes, and can create a farm home feel to your home. Metal roofing comes in a variety of styles and gauges including:

  • U-Panel
  • R-Panel
  • Standing Seam
  • Stone Coated Metal Panels (Decra)
Wyben Amarillo Roofing Metal Roofing


With its variety of styles and colors, the versatility of metal roofing is endless. Rather you are looking for a soft brown or virant red, metal roofing allows for your personality to show! 

If you are not ready to commit to a new full metal roof, you can choose to elevate your composition roof with a metal accent by adding awnings or shed dormers.


As opposed to other roofing options, metal roofing is expected to last on average 40 to 70 years. The material’s durability allows the roof to sustain the toughest of weather elements. Most metal roofing can withstand wind up to 140 miles per hour and not corrode or crack due to rust-proof coating.

While the initial installation may be costly, this long-term investment makes up for it in the overall lifespan.


Although the initial installation might be pricey, money spent on the new roofing can be recouped with savings from heating and cooling in the later months. The reflective properties allow for the roof to reflect solar heat that can reduce cooling costs up to 25%, especially in the summer months.


If you are searching for an eco-friendly method for your roofing, metal roofing makes a great choice! Consisting of at least 25% of recycled materials and 100% recyclable themselves, metal roofing is a great sustainable alternative. 

At Wyben Amarillo Roofing, we help our clients keep their roof in the best condition by offering a manufacturer’s 40 YEAR PAINT WARRANTY, one of the best in the business!


As one of the oldest roofing materials on the market, wood shakes are a timeless choice for your roofing project. This material creates a unique look and feel to your home, creating a timeless look for your home.

Wyben Amarillo Roofing Wood Shakes

Wyben Roofing prides itself on being one of the few roofing companies who still install wood shakes on a regular basis.


Naturally resistant against most elements, they can withstand the strong West Texas winds and other extreme weather conditions. Like composite shingles, wood shakes can be made to meet the Class 4 rating for impact resistance. 

Wood shakes for roofing have evolved and are now treated to be Class A fire resistant.


Wood shakes are often sought out by homeowners for their unique appearance they add to roofing. Like metal roofing, shakes come in a variety of colors, ranging from white, gray, and browns. 

The shakes can also come in different variations of thickness, from heavy weight to medium weight with their own benefits. 

Medium weight shakes create a more uniform look for roofing, while the heavy weight option is thicker, therefore more durable.


Wood is a poor conductor of heat, making it one of the greatest insulating materials. The material allows homeowners to better control the temperature in their attic and home. By being a great conductor, your home can be warmer in the winter and cooler during the summer months.

Regardless of what material you choose for your roof, the roofing experts at Wyben Roofing are ready to help protect your home! We want you to be confident in knowing that you chose the best company for your roofing and exterior needs.

Wyben Roofing has 30+ years of combined experience in roofing and construction in the Texas Panhandle area.

Give us a call today at (806) 318-2929 or visit https://bit.ly/3n6Ev12  to schedule your FREE inspection.

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