Types Of Roofing

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Different Types of Roofing
in Hawaii

There are dozens of different types of roofing materials available in the market today. We are excited to work with you, and provide the type of roof you are envisioning. 

Here is a list of the most popular roofing options here in Hawaii. 

Don’t see what you want on the list? Give us a call and we can chat about other options! 

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Composition Shingle

A composition shingle is made of a “composite” of materials that include a base mat, fiberglass, asphalt on both sides, and granules on top. The asphalt and resin create the waterproofing and holds the granules together. The granules are what protects the shingles from sun damage, from algae and fungal growth and add color to your roof.

These shingles are very versatile and offer a wide variety of looks and colors and will provide optimal insulation, especially with the hot and humid weather here in Honolulu!

Composition Roofing Pros and Cons in Hawaii


  • Attractive: Composition Shingles are aesthetically very pleasing to the eye and give your home a clean, uniformed look.
  • Longevity: They last longer than genuine cedar shakes, but cost similar.
  • Variety: Composition shingles come in a variety of colors and styles.


  • Decay can happen: The shingle’s life can be shortened due to decay, however with proper inspections- replacement and repair can be inexpensive and quick.
  • Color can fade: Extreme exposure to the sun can cause the shingles to fade in color as years pass.
  • Not Environmentally Friendly: Since asphalt is a semi-solid form of petroleum, the manufacturing and waste involved in the production of these materials is not the most eco-friendly choice, as opposed to metal or wood shingles.
Red metal roofing on a home in Oahu with gutters.

Metal Roofing

Metal roofing is a great option for a lighter, more inexpensive roof alternative to other materials. Some benefits to metal roofing include longevity of 30 to 50 years. Metal roofing provides the highest fire rating and will not crack in the heat. Metal roofs are built to withstand winds of up to 150mph, and in Hawaii’s hurricane zone, this is a great safe option! If your metal roof does need repair down the line, usually new metal can be placed over the original metal which can save you time and money! Metal roofs are built to last!

Metal Roofing Pros and Cons in Hawaii: 


  • Longevity Metal roofs are built to last! When properly installed, metal roofing can last up to 50 years! 
  • Environmentally Friendly: 100 percent recyclable material.
  • Safety: Metal roofs are naturally more fire resistant than other materials, and will not ignite into flames. 
  • Helps keep your home cooler: Metal deflects the sun’s heat, instead of absorbing it like other materials– keeping your home cooler and your electricity costs lower! 


  • Affordability: Biggest drawback is initial cost – but it will ultimately save money in the long run with it’s longevity. Metal roofs can be as much as 2 to 3 times more expensive than other roofing options. 
  • Noise: Can be noisy when raining 
  • Denting is possible
Man doing roof repair on a two story home. Picture taken in Honolulu, HI.

Tile Roof (Slate, Ceramic, Clay)

Tiled roofs are a great choice in hot areas that have exposure to salt air, like we do here in Hawaii. Slate, ceramic and/or clay tile roofing is a very durable roof choice, and aesthetically a very pleasing choice. Concrete and clay have a long life span, lasting over 150 years in many cases.

Pros and Cons to Tile Roofing (Slate, Ceramic Clay) in Hawaii: 


  • Long Lasting (can last over 100 years!) 

  • Have been known to withstand the highest winds, hail and fires. 

  • Tiles will never decay! 

  • Environmentally friendly roofing option 

  • Energy efficient 


  • Cost: This is one of the highest cost options available for roofing. 

  • Tile is a very heavy material, so you must have the proper structural reinforcement to safely support the heavy tiles. 

  • Tiles may get dirty – so cleaning and maintenance may be necessary.

This is a popular choice for people who want a traditional and organic look to their roof. Wood shingles are tapered pieces of small, thin wood. Most people that choose this type of roof, choose it for the unique look it provides.

Wood shingles have been around since the early 18th century, and typically made by splitting lots into specified, thin pieces. The wood is treated to remove moisture to help increase the lifespan of the material. Repairs are fairly easy, as damaged pieces can be removed and slide new pieces into place.

Pros and Cons to Wood Shingles and Wood Shakes in Hawaii 


  • Traditional, Classic, organic look
  • Durable and dependable 
  •  Provides a natural insulation 
  • Eco friendly choice, as the material is biodegradable 
  • Variety of texture and color choices 


  • Wood tiles can lead to rotting 
  • Potential fire hazard
  • Color will fade over time
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