Before you start your roofing project, you should already have an idea of which material you would like to use. But how would you know which one will work best for your home? You wouldn’t want to regret your decision later on. Therefore, you have to carefully compare your options.

Below are the pros and cons of the different roof types:

Asphalt Shingles

Pros:

  • Suitable for almost every home
  • Very easy to install
  • Economical
  • Simple to repair
  • Various colors to choose from
  • Fire resistant
  • Readily available at the stores

Cons:

  • Life expectancy is quite low compared to the other types (15 to 30 years)
  • High maintenance
  • Not eco-friendly
  • Vulnerable to heat and wind
  • Can be easily damaged during a storm

Wood Shingles

Pros:

  • Long life span
  • Quite easy to repair or install
  • Aesthetically appealing as it provides a natural look
  • Offers moisture protection
  • Made from biodegradable materials, making it eco-friendly

Cons:

  • Could get expensive
  • Vulnerable to fire
  • Requires high maintenance
  • Less durable

Metal

Pros:

  • Comes in a wide variety of styles
  • Offers over a hundred different colors
  • Long life span (50 to 60 years)
  • Fire resistant
  • Can increase the market value of your residence

Cons:

  • Very expensive
  • Installation requires a roofing contractor that specializes in this type
  • May require periodic painting

Clay Tile

Pros:

  • Very attractive
  • Long life expectancy
  • Low maintenance
  • Available in different colors

Cons:

  • Difficult to install
  • Has the tendency to break especially if there’s high foot traffic
  • Quite heavy
  • Colors may fade after some time

Slate Tile

Pros:

  • Has an appealing look
  • Long lifespan
  • Low maintenance

Cons:

  • Very heavy
  • Expensive

Concrete Title

Pros:

  • Comes in various styles and colors
  • Very durable
  • Low maintenance

Cons:

  • Very expensive