Every house, no matter how big or small, needs a strong and reliable roof to keep its household members safe. It protects us from the heat of the sun, the winds and rain of a storm, and even the heavy snow during the winter. This is why we must clean our roof and maintain it in a pristine condition to ensure our own safety.

Today, there are many different types and designs of roofing available, and you might be wondering, “Which roofing material is best for my roof?” Before that, we must first consider the different criteria we should base upon when choosing, and that includes the following:

  • Size of the roof
  • Location of your house
  • Weather and climate in your area
  • Materials used for your house exterior walls
  • Construction and maintenance cost

Usually, a roofing company will ask you about the things listed above before they would recommend the best roofing material to suit your roof. However, you should also do your own research about the different types so that you’ll have a little background about the terminologies that your roofer will mention. Here are 5 of the most common roofing materials used in residential homes:


This is the most common type of roofing material for residential homes. It consists of asphalt tiles or shingles that are heavy-duty and can withstand strong winds. Construction and maintenance of this type of roofing is also pretty affordable, but these shingles need to be replaced every 20 years. These usually come in gray, but other roofing companies also offer these in other earth-tone colors. 


Similar to asphalt shingles, clay and concrete tiles are also heavy-duty that can handle wind speeds of tornadoes and hurricanes. Upfront cost and subsequent maintenance are also low, and this roofing material is best for warm or dry climates. However, these roofing can be heavy, so your house should include extra support to carry the weight of the roof.


Metal roofing is best for draining away the rain and snow on your roof, and this roof is lightweight and easy to install. Some roofers even install a metal roofing on top of an existing roof in order to increase its strength. However, this roofing can be noisy during windy weather or heavy rains, and may not survive a heavy hailstorm.


If you are looking for a roofing material that will last for several decades, then you should consider having a slate roofing. This type of roofing material is waterproof, so it wouldn’t form any molds or fungi as time goes by. However, installing slate roofs can be pretty expensive, so you should invest in a larger budget if you want this type of roofing for your home.



Rubber slate roofing is a slightly cheaper version of slate roofing materials, but it can also last for up to 100 years. Although much more affordable, this material may not be as durable, and it can easily break when someone walks on the roof. Moreover, not all roofers are trained to handle rubber slate roofing, so be sure to ask your roofing company first before considering this material.