What Type of Roof Should I get?

Wondering what type of roof to get for your home? Let’s discuss some options!

When it comes to replacing your roof, there are a number of considerations to take into account when choosing which type of roof to go with. With so many options, it can get a bit overwhelming.

We’re here to help! Let’s evaluate the pros and cons of some of the materials and types of roofing systems that are available to help you decide what’s best for your home.


Slate is known for its durability and longevity. In fact, some slates can last over 100 years! You won’t have to worry about leaks or other issues as slate is very strong and weather resistant. However, slate is also heavier than other options so you’ll need a sturdier roof structure to support the weight. Slate also requires regular maintenance to ensure it stays in good condition.

Wood Shingles

Wood shingles are the most popular roofing material in the US and are a great option for many homes. Wood shingles are lightweight but sturdy and come in many different colors and styles to match your home’s aesthetic appeal. Additionally, wood shingles can be recycled so you’re making an environmentally-friendly choice! The biggest drawback of wood shingles is that they can be damaged by heavy winds as well as fire from lightning strikes or wildfires. They should also be replaced after 20-25 years of use depending on where you live. These factors may make wood shingles more expensive than other options but they provide a classic look that will compliment your home’s style for years to come!

Metal Roofing

Metal roofing provides many of the benefits of slate without the weight and maintenance concerns. Metal roofs are lightweight, come in a variety of colors and styles and can be very long-lasting. This is because metal roofs are made from aluminum or steel and do not require regular maintenance. However, metal roofs can be more expensive than other types because they are more labor intensive to install and the materials are pricier. A metal roof will definitely give your home a sleek modern look that will last for decades!

Fiberglass Shingles

Fiberglass shingles are a lightweight and affordable option that will provide protection against fire and weather. These shingles are made from glass fibers and polyester resins, making them stronger than asphalt shingles but still lightweight. Fiberglass shingles are also very easy to install and come in a variety of colors. Though fiberglass shingles do not have the same long-term durability as other materials, they can last for about 20 years before needing to be replaced. The downside to fiberglass is that they can be more expensive than asphalt or wood, making them a poor choice for those on a budget.

Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt shingles are one of the most popular options because they provide good weather protection at an affordable price. Asphalt is available in many different styles including textured tiles or smooth tiles with interlocking tabs for easy installation. They come in a wide variety of colors and patterns so you can find one that complements your home’s style! Asphalt does not require much maintenance but it does need to be replaced every 15-20 years depending on wear and tear and exposure to UV light. This makes asphalt an affordable yet reliable option for protecting your home’s roof!

Cool Roofs

Another really interesting type of roofing system are what are commonly referred to as “Cool Roofs.” These are designed to use reflective materials to reduce heat absorption. The technology has actually been progressing since the 80s and has come a long way since then. Typically, there are two types of cool roofs: those implemented using reflective paints and coatings and those employing a dedicated white membrane. Both can potentially dramatically reduce your energy bills. We have a whole article discussing the pros and cons of cool roofs here.

You’ve Got Options. Have Questions?

When it comes to the roof over your head, you may now realize you have more options than you originally thought. To help you further navigate what makes sense for you, give us a ring or contact us for a free, no-pressure consult.