Comparing Roofing Materials: Which One Is Right for You?

If your roof needs to be repaired or replaced, you should know that there are plenty of options available for your next roofing material. You can choose to use affordable asphalt shingles, eco-friendly wood or metal shingles, or fine tiles. Here is a list of the most common roofing materials available, to help you choose.


Shingles are the most popular choice in roofing material. On a scale of affordability, asphalt shingles are typically the most affordable, while wooden shingles or shakes are pricier. They are harvested from sustainable wood sources, and biodegrade quickly once they are discarded. Laminated shingles are decently priced, and sturdier than regular asphalt shingles.

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Roofing tiles can be made from clay, concrete, slate, or a combination of these materials. Tile roofs are strong and long-lasting, but they are on the pricier side. After the larger initial investment, however, they are an attractive roofing choice that can add value to your home.

Metal Roofing

Metal roofing is costlier than most shingles, but the roof will last a lifetime if properly cared for. Metal roofs are weather-resistant and well-insulated, so rain doesn’t make a lot of noise like it did on older tin roofs. Metal roofing is also fully recyclable, and a good choice for flat roofs.

Living Roofs

Some people opt for living roofs, which are basically rooftop lawns or gardens. Flat and low-slope roofs are appropriate for this type of roofing. Also known as “green” roofs, it costs about $15 – $20 per square foot to install. This includes everything from the lowest, membranous layer to the sod and seeds.

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