If it’s time to install a new roof on your home, research the different roof materials first to find the best option for your house. Consider cost, lifespan, and other benefits like appearance and energy-efficiency. Here are 3 types of roof materials to learn about before making your decision.

Asphalt Roof Materials

Asphalt is the most common type of roof for residential buildings. Asphalt shingles come in a variety of colors and are relatively easy to install and repair compared to other types of roof materials.


3-tab shingles are the most affordable type of asphalt shingles. They lay flat instead of overlapping. In areas with mild weather, these types of shingles can last up to 15 years, but will only last about 7 years in areas with severe weather.


Architectural shingles are also known as dimensional shingles because they overlap each other. They offer more durability than 3-tab shingles and are more expensive. Architectural shingles can cost you up to $1 more per square foot than 3-tab shingles, but they can easily last for twice as long.

Architectural shingles are the better choice for most homes because you’ll get more years of use and they offer better protection from water damage.

Metal Roof

Metal roofing lasts longer than asphalt, but also comes with a higher price tag. While architectural shingles last up to 30 years, a metal roof can last up to 70 years. You may never have to replace the roof during your time owning the house.

Another benefit with metal roofs is they reflect sunlight which reduces cooling costs in summer. Some cons include that they are noisy when it is raining and they can also be dented by hail.


Roofing tiles have a longer lifespan than other types of roof materials. Tiles have been used for centuries and are very durable. They are also heavy, so the structure of the building needs to be sound enough to carry the weight. Roofing tiles provide effective insulation and are considered an energy-efficient option.


Clay shingles can last for over a century and manufacturers usually offer warranties of at least 50 years. They are wind-resistant, so are good for areas that experience heavy storms.


Cement tiles are lighter than clay, which is an advantage for homes that may need to be structurally reinforced before installing this type of roof. Cement tiles can last for over 50 years.

Talk to a roofing professional about your options for a new roof. Keep in mind that spending more to get a durable and energy-efficient roof will save you money long-term.

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