How to Choose the Right Roofing Material

Selecting the right material for your new roof is an important decision for several reasons. Not only do you want it to be attractive and compliment the exterior aesthetic of your home, but it also needs to be watertight and able to withstand the elements over time. There are many options, and when choosing the material for your roof, it is helpful to know the benefits and drawbacks of each.

Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt shingles are the most common – and most cost-effective – roofing material. Asphalt shingles have come a long way, and are now made with multiple layers of asphalt to give them a thicker edge and more pronounced shadow line than traditional strip shingles. These shadow lines give the asphalt shingles a look similar to a wood or slate roof, creating a lovely texture. There are almost limitless options in terms of colors and textures, and asphalt shingles can be used on a large range of roof slopes.

Wood Shakes and Shingles

Wood shakes and singles are an excellent choice for a timeless look on a colonial or Nantucket-style home. Wood roofs can last for up to 50 years, and the natural weathering of the wood is beautiful for someone who likes that look. However, someone who does not prefer a weathered appearance should not choose a wood shake or wood shingle roof. Also, this material is not a good choice for homeowners who live in areas with high probability of fires. Should you decide to go with this material for your roof, expect a much higher up-front cost than asphalt shingles.


Typically made out of aluminum, steel, or copper, metal roofing is a popular choice amongst homeowners and homebuilders. Aluminum is an excellent choice for coastal homes with its resistance to corrosion, as the salt in the air in areas near the water can corrode other types of metal. Steel is typically less expensive than aluminum, and it can be coated with zinc or a zinc/aluminum alloy, as well as paint, to protect the metal. Alternatively, a copper roof can be left without any protective coating. Copper oxidizes naturally to create a protective coating called patina. Over time, the patina will change colors, going from being as bright as a brand new penny, to a dark bronze, and eventually to a pale green. Aluminum, steel, and copper roofing are much more expensive than asphalt shingles, however they can last from 50-100 years.


Slate is one of the longest-lasting roofing materials to choose from, and offers a high-quality finish for any structure. The weight of slate roofing tiles must be taken into consideration during the planning and design phases of building the home. The quality and longevity of slate come at a price though; slate can cost up to three times more than a metal roof.
A beautiful and dependable roof is attainable for any home, style, and budget. If you are considering renovating your home or roof, contact our team of professionals today to discuss your options. 
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