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The Pros and Cons of Common Roofing Materials

Roofing is an absolute necessity. Often, we assume our roofs will hold up against any weather, but that’s not always the case. Roofs degrade over time. Eventually, you’ll need major repairs or an entire replacement. If that time comes around, you’ll want to understand the pros and cons of the types of materials we use to make roofs these days.


We’ll start with the most common type of roofing material. There are a lot of reasons that this is the case. One of the main ones is that asphalt shingles are affordable. They tend to be fairly stable in price and are easier to manufacture than some of the other options.

Versatility is another huge benefit of asphalt shingles. Asphalt shingles come in a variety of different looks and colors. Many of the other options are limited when it comes to visuals. They’re also a great material to work with for installers like us. This may sound small, but it can help us get the job done faster and ensure as few snags as possible along the way. This also makes them easier to replace because they are easy to fit in together.

There are some negatives with asphalt shingles. They are a bit more fragile than some of the other materials that you can use to build a roof. Wind storms might be a lot more damaging to asphalt shingles than other materials. Additionally, asphalt shingles won’t give your home a super unique look because they are so common. Keep that in mind if you want your home to stick out!


Metal roofs are more expensive than asphalt and are not as common as a result. However, they offer their own benefits that could be the perfect fit for your home. Metal roofs have the primary benefit of being durable and long-lasting. Metal roofs can easily last 40 or 50 years, maybe even longer in some cases. You’ll very rarely have to do repairs on your metal roof, especially when compared to relatively flimsy asphalt shingles.

This is why metal roofs are sustainable and great for the environment when compared to the alternatives. However, they can be dented from hail and other debris, so keep that in mind too.


Wooden roofs have been around for a long time, but they still have some benefits when compared to some of the more modern options. Wood is very durable and weather resistant. It won’t be damaged by wind and it’s even better at taking hits from debris and hail than a metal roof. However, it can cost more than some of the other options and won’t last quite as long as a metal roof.


Slate roofs are another common option that has come into popularity recently. Slate is durable and aesthetically pleasing. Slate can last a lot longer than asphalt shingles and are a great boost to your home’s value. However, the installation cost can be a bit high.

Overall, there are a lot of options you need to consider when you get a new roof. All these materials have their pros and cons. Think about what investment is right for you and your family in the coming years and talk it over with your roofing company to make sure you’re making a wise choice.

For your roofing repairs and replacement, contact Smart Choice Contracting at (631) 239-7710 or fill out an online contact form! We are here to protect your roofing, so it can properly protect you. If you’re going through the process of getting a new roof, we’d love to help!