How to Select What Type of Roofing Material Is Best for Your Home


Roofing is big business in North America. In the US alone, the business is expected to grow by 4.9% every year until 2021. The rise in single family homes is driving this growth.

But a solid roof isn’t your only consideration. There are lots of different types of materials, along with their pros and cons. This guide is going to introduce you to the different materials you can choose from for your home.

Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt shingles are a great way to dress up your home. They fit in with the styles of practically any home on the market. They also happen to have some of the most affordable installation costs around, and they’ll typically last around thirty years.

With a broad selection of shingles, these fireproof options are an increasingly popular option. You just need to be aware that shingles need to be replaced more frequently than other materials.


Metal roofs are the traditional option. Many metal roofs are continuing to survive a hundred years after they were installed. As you might expect, they’re among the most durable roofing materials around.

However, roofing contractors do caution that metal roofs are typically more expensive. You also need to be aware of the fact that unless you have an attic space, they can be noisy when the rain hits.

They also offer a fantastic rustic look, especially when placed on cabins and cottages. There’s a reason why metal roofing generated $1 billion in revenue last year.


Tile is the ancient roofing option that can give your house a classy European look. These days tiles have been strengthened for modern purposes. They’re resistant to both fire and insects and will last for over 50 years before they have to be replaced.

However, when tile does need to be replaced it can be expensive. It’s why roofing employment is expected to grow by 11% in the next seven years. Many old tile roofs are reaching the end of their lifespans.

Take note that tile is heavy, and you may need to have an additional supporting frame installed.

Wood Shingles

A less popular option elsewhere in the world, wood is extremely popular in North America. They’re typically cheaper than tile and metal, and are machine cut, thus offering a uniform appearance with a classic rustic look. Furthermore, expect wood shingles to last up to ten years longer than asphalt.

Obviously, wood is less resistant to fire (and are banned in areas prone to wildfire) and you can expect more maintenance during times of severe weather.

But if you want class, style, and a recyclable roofing option wood shingles are for you.

Last Word – How to Make the Final Decision

Your decision is primarily based on cost and style. Each option has its pros and cons you need to be aware of. Typically, the higher cost you pay now the less hassle you will have in the long-term. 

The most expensive roofing materials also happen to be the ones that last for up to a hundred years.

Which roofing material do you prefer?

If you’re having problems deciding on which kind of roofing materials you need, don’t hesitate to reach out to Gustafson Roofing for help.

About Author

LaDonna Dennis

LaDonna Dennis is the founder and creator of Mom Blog Society. She wears many hats. She is a Homemaker*Blogger*Crafter*Reader*Pinner*Friend*Animal Lover* Former writer of Frost Illustrated and, Cancer...SURVIVOR! LaDonna is happily married to the love of her life, the mother of 3 grown children and "Grams" to 3 grandchildren. She adores animals and has four furbabies: Makia ( a German Shepherd, whose mission in life is to be her attached to her hip) and Hachie, (an OCD Alaskan Malamute, and Akia (An Alaskan Malamute) who is just sweet as can be. And Sassy, a four-month-old German Shepherd who has quickly stolen her heart and become the most precious fur baby of all times. Aside from the humans in her life, LaDonna's fur babies are her world.

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