Choosing the Right Roofing Material for Your Home

Considering your roof is what protects you and your home, it’s an important investment. Ideally, you’ll only have to do this once. So choose a roof you will love and be glad you got. Figure out what you value in a roof and decide which roofing material is best for you.

choosing the right roofing material


Asphalt shingles are the most popular roofing choice in America. They are versatile in their shapes, colors, and angle placements as well as durable. Shingles rate as a class 4 impact resistance and as a class A for fire resistance. It can last against high winds and slows fire from spreading or penetrating the roof. Shingles are cost effective and quiet against outside noise.


Slate is a natural stone product known for its beauty. It comes in many shapes and colors, is completely fire resistant, and environmentally friendly. On the downside, it is rather expensive but may be a better choice in the end when you aren’t having to replace your roof again.

Slate is the longest lasting roofing material. You can expect it to last for up to 150 years.


Metal is another lasting roof material, as it typically lasts between 40 and 70 years. It’s durable enough to sustain harsh winds, keep from corroding or cracking, and won’t catch on fire if struck by lightning. Its weakness is water damage which can be prevented by continually getting it checked. Metal is also energy efficient, considering it reflects solar heat away from the house.

It consists of 25 to 95 percent recycled content and is 100 percent recyclable. Its downside is that it is costly and requires extra insulation to block out noise from rain or anything else that touches the roof.

Synthetic Slate

Synthetic slate is the cheaper alternative to authentic slate. It’s much easier to install and won’t accidentally get cracked during installation. It lasts just as long, is 100 percent recyclable, and rates highest for both impact and fire resistance.

Cedar Shake

Cedar roofs instantly increase your home’s curb appeal. That and its biodegradability are its main positives. Unfortunately, it’s a very expensive material and has a premium installation fee in addition. Cedar also requires a lot of maintenance. If you’re looking to buy a cedar roof, be prepared to have to work with it and pay the high cost.

Clay Tile

Clay is another long-lasting roofing material which typically lasts over 100 years. Like shingles and slate, it comes in many shapes, styles, and colors. It’s durable enough to withstand hurricane winds and won’t mold or rot. Clay is energy efficient like metal as it also reflects solar rays away from the home. The downside to clay is that unless your house was built to hold this kind of roof, you may have to look into another material option. Clay is heavy and requires a sturdy roof to withstand the weight. If you still want the look of clay, consider trying concrete as a substitute.

Whether you’re looking to build or replace your roof, contact All Roofing Siding & Gutters about your project, and we’ll give you a free estimate.

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