Roofing Material Comparisons

Aside from a kitchen renovation or home addition, a new roof is one of the most expensive home improvement projects you can take on as a homeowner. The average homeowner spends over $15,000 to install a new roof and over $20,000 on a reroof. Because new roofing can be such a costly task, you want to ensure the materials you choose are durable, long-lasting, and high-quality—while staying within your budget. As with most home improvement choices, quality directly correlates with cost. So how do you know which type of roofing material will work best for your home? The residential roofing contractors at Glick’s compare the different types of roofing materials and share the pros and cons of each.

Best Roofing Materials

The most common roofing materials in the US include asphalt shingles, metal, cedar shake, composite, and slate. Other more expensive options include green roofs and solar shingles. Most homeowners choose asphalt shingles because they are readily available, inexpensive, come in several colors, and are versatile. While it rarely makes sense to choose a new roof based sheerly on price, spending a little more can offer you several benefits, including a roof that will last you a lifetime. Below we are looking at the best roofing materials available today. 

Asphalt Shingles 

Asphalt shingles are used in more than 80% of homes in the United States. They are affordable, durable, and easy to install. An asphalt shingle roof installation costs around $8,000 and can last up to 30 years. 

  • Pros – Affordable, low maintenance, works well in most climates and comes in several colors.
  • Cons – Colors will fade due to sun exposure, not as durable as other materials, prone to mold and moss growth, and is not the most energy-efficient option. 

Metal (Standing Seam and Shingles)

Metal roofing has spiked in popularity because of its sleek and modern look and homeowner advantages. Often made from materials like aluminum and zinc, metal roofs are affordable, easy to transport, low maintenance, and appealing. If properly installed, they can last up to 80 years. You can choose from two types: shingles or sheets. They are then connected with a standing seam.  

  • Pros – Low maintenance, highly durable, comes in many colors, environmentally friendly, lightweight, wind- and fire-resistant, long lifespan, and recyclable. 
  • Cons – Can be noisy without soundproofing, expensive, requires specialized installation, and may warp with improper installation. 

Wood (Shakes and Shingles)

Wood roofing is eye-catching and beautiful, but not for every homeowner. A wood roof can last up to 50 years in a dry climate, but if you are located in an area prone to wildfires, your wood roof must be treated. If you live in a wet environment, your wood roof will need more repairs due to water damage. Cedar, redwood, and pine are common wood roofing materials. 

  • Pros – Eye-catching, wind- and UV-resistant, easy installation, eco-friendly, lightweight, and many style options. 
  • Cons – Not fire-resistant, susceptible to water damage, mold, mildew, insects, and rot, and it is high maintenance.  

Clay Tiles

Clay tiles can last 50 to 100 years. They come in several styles, like Spanish, French, and Scania. Clay tiles are perfect for warmer climates and can endure fire and wind. 

  • Pros – Low maintenance, boosts curb appeal, beautiful color options, natural materials, wind-resistant, and energy-efficient. 
  • Cons – Vulnerable to cracking, heavy, expensive to install and repair, and requires specialized labor to install.


Like clay tiles, slate is one of the most durable and expensive roofing materials available today. Your slate roof can last anywhere from 50 to 200 years if properly maintained. They are fireproof and wind-resistant and can withstand extreme temperatures, making them a great choice for most climates. 

  • Pros – long lifespan, low maintenance, durable, and aesthetically pleasing. 
  • Cons – Expensive and heavy. 

Why Choose the Residential Roofing Contractors at Glick’s?

Glick’s Exteriors has provided the Greater Philadelphia area with expert roofing solutions for years. We are a trusted name in the community because of our quality, strong Amish principles, affordable prices, and more. If you are looking for a roof repair or replacement, connect with the team at Glick’s today to get a free estimate or schedule a service.

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