Which Roofing Material is Best for Your Home?

Originally published August 13. 2020. Last updated April 27, 2023.There are many different roofing material types, many of which have been displayed here.

Replacing your roof is a significant home improvement investment that requires careful consideration. With so many different roofing materials available, it can be difficult to know which one is right for your home. This guide will discuss the most common roofing materials and their benefits and drawbacks to help you make an informed decision.


What Considerations Go into the Cost of Roofing Materials?

Let’s take a minute to consider the elements that impact the price of roofing materials. The following questions can help you identify the factors influencing costs:

  • How heavy is the material?
  • Are there other colors the material can have?
  • Does the material meet fire codes?
  • Will installation require additional steps?
  • Does the material hold up against the elements?
  • What is the lifespan of the material–20 years or 50 years?
  • What are the costs to replace this material?
  • What do roof repairs involve with this material?

With your trusted roofing contractor, you can answer these questions and better understand why certain materials cost more than others. At JML Sheet Metal, we discuss every roofing project and average costs for all roofing materials beforehand. During this consultation, we help you decide how to invest in high-quality materials that are best for your home.


Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt shingles are the most popular roofing material in the United States. They are relatively inexpensive, easy to install, and come in a variety of colors and styles. Asphalt shingles are made from a combination of asphalt and fiberglass. These shingles are designed to withstand a wide range of weather conditions.


  • Affordable
  • Easy to install
  • Available in a variety of colors and styles
  • Durable


Not as long-lasting as other materials
Can be damaged by severe weather conditions
Not eco-friendly


Metal Roofing

Metal roofing has become increasingly popular in recent years due to its durability and energy efficiency. Metal roofs are made from various materials, including steel, aluminum, and copper, and are available in many colors and styles. Metal roofs are also resistant to fire, wind, and hail damage.


Durable and long-lasting

  • Energy-efficient
  • Resistant to fire, wind, and hail damage
  • Available in a range of colors and styles


  • More expensive than other materials
  • May require professional installation
  • Can be noisy during rain and hailstorms


Tile Roofing

Tile roofing is a popular choice for homes with a Mediterranean or Spanish-style design. Tile roofs are made from clay or concrete and are available in a variety of colors and styles. Concrete tile roofs are also fire-resistant and can withstand high winds.


  • Durable and long-lasting
  • Fire-resistant
  • Available in a variety of colors and styles
  • Can withstand high winds


  • Heavy, which may require additional support structures
  • Expensive to install
  • Can be brittle and prone to cracking


Slate Roofing

Slate roofing is a high-end roofing material that is known for its durability and aesthetic appeal. Slate roofs are made from natural stone and are available in a variety of colors and styles. Slate roofs can last for up to 100 years with proper maintenance.


  • Durable and long-lasting
  • Aesthetic appeal
  • Fire-resistant
  • Low maintenance


  • Expensive to install
  • Can be heavy, which may require additional support structures
  • Brittle and prone to cracking


Wood Shake Shingles

Wood shake shingles are a popular choice for homes with a rustic or natural look. They are made from cedar, redwood, or other types of wood and are available in a variety of colors and styles. Wood shake shingles are also eco-friendly and can last up to 30 years with proper maintenance.


  • Aesthetic appeal
  • Eco-friendly
  • Available in a variety of colors and styles
  • Can last for up to 30 years with proper maintenance


  • Expensive to install
  • Not as durable as other materials
  • Can be prone to rotting, splitting, and warping


Contact JML Sheet Metal for a Roof Replacement Today!

When it comes to choosing the right roofing material for your home, there is no one-size-fits-all solution. It's important to consider your budget, your area's climate, and your home's style before making a decision.

At JML Sheet Metal, we manufacture and install all our metal roofs in-house. We can give you the best experience during our roofing installation and for years to come. If you're unsure which roofing material is right for you, consult a professional roofing contractor at JML. We can help you make an informed decision based on your needs and preferences!

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