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Your roof serves a great many purposes for your home. It protects your home’s interior and occupants from any menaces such as animal invasion, dust and debris, rainwater, snow, hail, and more. Furthermore, it also significantly contributes to your home’s aesthetics and look. Your roof can be the determining factor that bestows your home with a sleek modern style or with a classic rustic charm.

Keeping this in mind, it is safe to say that your roof is one of the most crucial components of your home. And so, when getting your roof installed, it is important to choose the right roofing materials that will impart strength and longevity onto your roof, providing you with a safe, reliable, and appealing cover for your home.

The 4 Best Roofing Materials You Should Consider

When selecting the materials that will go into your roof, it is important to be well-researched; after all, the safety of the entire home and its occupants is at stake. Below are 4 of the best roofing materials that will ensure you a safe and long-lasting roof:

Asphalt Shingles

These are the most commonly used residential roofing material, popular across the entire United States. These shingles are easy to install and are quite cost-effective. Moreover, organic materials (cellulose) or fiberglass can be used to reinforce these shingles without altering their classic traditional look.

Pros: Asphalt is widely available, is one of the most inexpensive materials, and comes in various colors.

Cons: Other materials offer better insulation and lifespan than asphalt shingles.

Cost: Prices vary from $70 – $120 a square.

Life Span: If properly maintained, the shingles can have a life span of around 20 to 25 years.

Clay and Concrete Tiles

Clay and concrete tiles impart the roof with elegance and texture. Ribbed, genuine flat, or scalloped clay tiles offer remarkable durability but are extremely heavy as well, requiring skilled installation. Concrete tiles offer much more versatility than the ones made from clay at a relatively lower cost. However, they are relatively heavier.

Pros: Clay and concrete tiles are both long-lasting and fire-proof. Concrete tiles also provide good insulation, making them energy-efficient.

Cons: Clay and concrete tiles are relatively expensive, heavy, and require skilled installation with additional framing.

Cost: Prices vary from $300 – $500 per square.

Life Span: If properly maintained, the tiles can last about 40 to 50 years.

Metal Roofing

With metal roofing, extreme weather won’t be a problem. Metal roofs come in various material options, such as aluminum, stainless steel, copper, and zinc. The best thing about metal roofs is that they are sleek, durable, long-lasting, and recyclable.

Pros: Metal roofing has a longer lifespan than wood or asphalt, is durable, has high solar reflectance, and looks premium.

Cons: Relatively quite expensive.

Cost: normally, the price ranges between $100 – $300 per square. However, fancier styles can cost you anywhere between $600 – $800 per square.

Life Span:  Metal roofing usually has a lifespan of 40 to 75 years.

Wood Shakes and Shingles

For hundreds of years, wood shingles and shakes have been the preferred roofing material, and many homeowners adore the way they weather to a beautiful grey color. The handmade wood shakes offer a more raw and rustic look than wood shingles, which are normally machine-cut.

If you decide to go for this roofing material, ensure that the wood shake or shingles are coated with fire-resistant products before they are installed.

Pros: Wood shingles have a rustic appearance and are typically constructed of redwood, cedar, or southern pine.

Cons: Wood is a relatively easy material to combust, so fire-safety protocols prohibit using these materials in some areas. In rainy weather, the wood can begin to split and may get infected by mold.

Cost: Prices vary from $100 – $150 per square.

Life Span:  They usually have a lifespan of 25 to 30 years.


At Prime Remodeling, we pride ourselves on our high-quality services and high standards of professionalism. We have acquired years of experience installing roofs and have dealt with all roofing materials, and so, we are well trained and equipped to carry out a timely and well-done job. To get your roof installation started, call us now on (832) 621-3343.