If you are looking to update your home with a new roof, then you probably already know that there are many different options you can choose from.

In order to choose the best option for you there are a few things you need to consider. The first thing you should consider is what’s most important to you in a new roof; this could be something such as affordability, durability, safety or even simply the way it looks. Next you should think about what kind of budget you have as different roof systems will vary in price.


Once you have determined these two factors its time to start looking at your options. To make this easier, we have listed below six of the most popular options along with their main pros and cons.

1. Asphalt Shingles 

Asphalt shingles are one of the most common residential roofing options. They can be made with organic materials but are most often made with fiberglass. They are not difficult to install and replacing individual shingles is relatively easy. Asphalt shingles are one of the most common because they are one of the least expensive material options. They are also common because they come in a variety of colors, so they look good on almost any home. However, asphalt shingles typically have a shorter lifespan than many other materials. This means while they may have a cheaper initial cost, it will be one of the most expensive options in the long run as shingles may need to be replaced more often.

2. Shake Shingles/Wood Shingles 

Wood shake and shingles are made from cedar, redwood, cypress or pressure treated pine, offering a natural beauty to any home. While both options are on the pricey end, wood shakes tend to be more expensive as they are hand-cut and give a more rustic appearance, where wood shingles are cut with a machine for a smoother edge. Wood shake and shingles have an insulation value twice that of asphalt shingles, and they are also recyclable and can be used for mulch or compost. However, non-treated materials have a low fire rating, and in some areas that are prone to wildfires, wood shingles are prohibited. Wood is typically very durable but when repairs are needed, they tend to be expensive and un-treated wood will require more maintenance for constant cleaning to prevent any algae or moss growth.

3. Metal Roofing

Metal roofing can come in different forms such as panels or shingles. They can come in aluminum, copper, stainless steel, and zinc. Metal roofing cost most than asphalt and wood shingles, this is since it’s extremely durable and is the longest lasting roofing option. Metal also comes in many different color options to match many different homes. However, metal does not look good on all styles of houses and it can sometimes give a warehouse look to a home.

4. Clay and Concrete Tiles

Clay and concrete tiles come in a wide range of colors and styles. They are extremely durable and can last over 50 years when installed properly. Tiles are very fire resistant as well as energy efficient and they are also recyclable. However, tiles are expensive and heavy, sometimes requiring additional framing support which will up the cost of the project. While tiles are durable, they can be broken if walked on making any other roof repairs harder.

5.  Slate

Slate is another very durable and fire-resistant option. Slate also requires a low amount of maintenance and is recyclable. Slate comes in green, black, gray, purple or red and provides a natural look to homes. However, like tiles, slate is very heavy and may sometimes require additional framing support. Slate can also break when stepped on and it can be very difficult to replace broken slate as its almost impossible to find a perfect match to the original slate.

6. Synthetic Slate/Tile

One of the more cost-effective options for someone looking for the style of a slate or tile roof is synthetic slate or tile made from rubber, plastic or polymer. Synthetic versions are often not as fragile or heavy as the natural products and they can be walked on as they are flexible unlike the easily broken real ones. Since these aren’t as fragile, they typically require a low level of maintenance. However, they don’t have as good of a fire rating and usually aren’t as durable as the natural versions. Look may also be an issue, as some synthetic roofs can look great, others may look obviously fake and cheap.


Once you review your options and decide what is best for you, make sure you call a trusted and experienced contractor for more information!