The roof provides value to your home and can make the exterior of your home to look much better. When you are choosing the material for your roof, some of the things you will have in mind are the strength of the material, cost, durability, sustainability etc. The following are some of the most popular types of roofing material:

Asphalt shingles:

Asphalt shingles are very cheap, and it is something which is chosen by people who want to make their expenditure cost effective. When it comes to the durability of the material, it is not quite strong, and you must never use it for your house. If you are planning to have a new car shed or wood shed you can use asphalt shingles. They should last for about 5 to 10 years and if you want to prolong its lifespan you need to make sure that you keep it clean by removing the debris which gets settled on the roof.

Wooden shingles:

Wood should last for about 30 to 50 years, and you need not worry about fire issues as most of the wooden shingles are made out of fire resistant woods. Wood shingles are more durable when compared to asphalt, but you might have to worry about cracking. So keep that in mind and if you are planning to buy wooden shingles, make sure that you get a good quality and hail rating. Wood being an insulator makes it quite efficient and sustainable.


Metal roofing is made up of steel, Zinc alloy or aluminium and they last for about 30 to 50 years. Metal roofs are more expensive when compared to the above two mentioned roofs, but when it comes to durability, metal roofs are more durable. Metal roofing will protect you from any weather conditions, and you also don’t need to bother much about maintaining the roof. Metal roofs are recyclable, and even while disposing of them you will not be wasting your money.

Polymer (plastic):

Plastic polymers are extremely durable, and they last for more than 50 years. They look like wood shingles but need very less maintenance. The hail ratings for plastic polymers are very high, and thus they tend to withstand all climatic conditions. As plastic roofs reflect the heat, it will keep you warm during the winter and cool during the summer. But all these come with a price, and plastic polymers are quite expensive when compared to metal, wood and asphalt.


Slate is one of the most durable materials, and you can expect it to last for about ten decades. It is also fireproof, and it can withstand any climatic conditions. Slate roofing is a onetime investment, and you can prevent changing your roof every 50 years and avoid wastage. Slate is also a natural element, and thus you will not have to worry about toxins being mixed with it.