If you’re like most people, you don’t know much about roofs. Sure, they’re there and roofs need to protect you, right? But what are they made of? When do they need repairs or replacing?

If you own or live in a house with a roof, and it’s time to replace it, what are some good roofing materials to consider?

Here are some common roofing material options…

 #1 Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt will always top the list of the most popular options for residential buildings. People in the U.S. and Canada usually choose asphalt shingles over any other roofing material. The shingles are easy to install, durable and economical. Due to these features, asphalt shingles fit into every homeowner’s budget.

The manufacturing of asphalt shingles utilizes organic material and fiberglass. Asphalt shingles are available in various color shades. You can choose the color that suits the external components of your house and improves the overall look.

With asphalt, expect a shorter service lifespan as compared to other roofing materials. The service lifespan is usually not more than 25 to 30 years.

#2 Concrete And Clay Tiles

Another popular roofing material for houses is concrete and clay tiles. They are known to offer great texture and an elegant look. The tiles are available in different formats– flat, scallop, and ribbed. They are durable and have a long lifespan.

Keep in mind that these tiles are heavy and need experts to install them to perfection. The best aspect of concrete and clay tiles is that they are eco-friendly, non-combustible, and energy-efficient. If you have a Mediterranean, Spanish-style, or Mission home, concrete tiles will look the best! The lifespan of the tiles is between 40 and 50 years.

#3 Metal Roofing

Metal Roofing

Homeowners in the U.S. and Canada are fond of metal roofing. Why is metal roofing so popular? Metal roofs have resistance to extreme weather changes. They can endure rainfall, high winds, snowfall, and hailstorms. Sometimes the hailstones may create dents on the metal roof, but those dents can easily be repaired.

Metal roofs are available in different types such as copper, aluminum, zinc, steel, and more. You should choose the material that suits your house and budget.

The best aspect of a metal roof is that it is lightweight, durable, and sleek. It will help in enhancing the curb appeal of the house. Moreover, you can recycle the old metal roof and use it for different purposes. In this way, you are making full use of the roof.
People opt for metal roofing because it has high solar reflectance to keep the temperature inside the house cool.

Metal roofs look great on houses with contemporary architecture. You can also use this material for cabins, bungalows, and other house designs. The only drawback of this roofing material is its cost. It is the most expensive roofing material on the market.


Choosing the right roofing material for residential homes is essential. If you select the wrong one, you have to deal with it for a prolonged period of time. And you want to be careful about how much it costs, too. That said, it’s a good idea to talk with a professional to get an informed opinion on what roofing material would ideally suit your house. Call SMC Construction of Spring Lake Park, MN, at 763-400-0251 to discuss your roofing material needs.