If you need to replace your roof, there are many options available. Since it can be tough to decide which material is best for your home, here are the pros and cons of popular types of roofing materials.

Choosing Residential Roofing Materials

There are a variety of factors when considering the different types of roofing materials. Cost, durability, climate, ease of installation, maintenance, and how long you plan on living in your home are all factors that may influence your decision. Below we will take a look at some common roofing materials.

Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt roofing is the most popular option for many homeowners. One of the advantages of asphalt is the relatively low cost of installation. Asphalt shingles are lightweight and easy to install and are available in different colors to complement your home’s style.

The main disadvantage of asphalt roofs is that they are not exceptionally durable. This type of shingle is prone to damage during high winds and can crack in extreme cold. The average lifespan of an asphalt shingle roof is about 20 years.

Metal Types of Roofing Materials

Metal roofing is growing in popularity for a number of reasons. One advantage of a metal roof is that they reflect heat, which helps to reduce cooling costs. Metal roofs on average last twice as long as an asphalt roof (30-50 years compared to 15-20). Their longevity and their recyclability make them more environmentally friendly. Metal comes in a variety of colors and styles.

One of the disadvantages of a metal roof is its cost. Metal roofing costs more than asphalt, though the price depends on the type of metal you choose and where you are located. Metal roofing can be dented by falling tree branches and other debris. Metal is also noisier than other materials, especially during heavy rainfall.

Slate Roofing

Slate is an attractive, durable, and functional roofing material. A slate roof can last 100 years or more when properly maintained, so it’s a lasting investment. Slate is insect and fire-resistant, which helps to reduce damage and prevent flames from spreading during a house fire.

Slate roofs are not without their disadvantages. Slate is expensive. This material is also heavy and homeowners need to verify the home can support the weight of this type of roof. Installing a slate roof is challenging and expensive. Make sure you hire an experienced professional if choosing slate for your home.


Tile roofs are a popular choice for sunny climates and they offer a variety of benefits. Tile, whether concrete or ceramic, is durable and not damaged by frost, fire, water, or insects. It is long-lasting, with a life expectancy of between 50 and 70 years.

One of the major benefits of tile roofing is that it provides greater thermal mass that helps maintain a more stable temperature, lowering heating and cooling costs.

The disadvantages of tile roofs are that they are heavy and require skill for proper installation. Tile has higher maintenance requirements because the materials are porous and easily accumulate dirt. In damp, humid climates, tile may develop algae growth.

Wooden Types of Roofing Materials

Wood shingles, typically made of cedar, are often overlooked by homeowners. Wood has a natural beauty and offers insulating properties. Wood can be stained to match your home and can be treated to be insect resistant.

Wood is flammable and should not be installed in fire-prone areas. A wooden roof should also be treated to resist rot, fire, and insect damage.

Learning about different roof materials will help you make the best choice for your house. When shopping for roofing, choose a style that complements your home and fits your budget.

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