Which Roofing Material is Best for You?

Which Roofing Material is Best for You?

Decisions decisions decisions. Reroofing projects are full of decisions that you as the homeowner must make. This can be an overwhelming process, so we’ve put together a mini-guide on how to choose the best roofing material for your home – which is just one step in the process! 

You’re likely looking for a combination of durability, longevity, and aesthetics in your new roofing material. Here is a list of 5 of our favorite materials you can consider using.

Asphalt Shingles

As the most popular roofing material, asphalt shingles offer the best of both worlds – they are durable and affordable. They come in a variety of colors so you can pick a color that best matches your home! With the proper upkeep, this material can last anywhere from 25-30 years or more!  

Asphalt shingles are also extremely versatile and can fit on a variety of roof designs and styles. In addition, they are weather, wind, and fire-resistant, which makes them a great option for Maryland homeowners looking for a material that will endure various weather patterns. One downside, however, that you will want to consider is that asphalt shingles don’t possess the same insulation abilities that other roofing materials do. Other options like metal last longer too. Weigh the pros and cons of this material and determine if it’s right for you!


When it comes to metal roofing, you have options. This is available in aluminum, copper, corrugated metal, metal tile, and metal slate, just to name a few. You can also get it in either panels or shingles.

Metal is best known for its durability and longevity. It is also relatively lightweight, making it easier to install. If you’re looking for a roofing type that is environmentally friendly and energy-efficient, then metal might be for you – it is recyclable and reflects the sun’s rays, which can save you a lot of money in your HVAC bill during the warmer months! One downside to metal is that it is more expensive than most roofing materials, so if you’re looking for something more affordable then it might not be the best option. 

Wood Shingles & Shake

If you prefer a more natural, rustic look for your home, wood shingles are an excellent choice. One concern with this type is whether it is truly fire-resistant. Fortunately, some wood shingles have a fire-resistant coating. If you are concerned about this, be sure to buy Class A fire-rated shingles.

Wood shingles and shake typically last between 25-30 years. However, they need regular upkeep because they can rot in humid conditions. This material looks beautiful on homes, but you need to consider whether you are willing to put in the effort to maintain your roof to prevent rot and mold growth. Of course, a professional roofing company can always provide routine maintenance to keep your wooden roof looking great and lasting for years!

Clay & Concrete Tiles

If you want a creative style roof, clay tiles are a great option! They can give your rooftop a beautiful textured appeal. However, because this material is very heavy, a professional must install it. 

Concrete tiles are also very heavy and require a professional’s help. However, they offer durability, energy efficiency, and provide a clean-cut look. 

Although these materials are excellent options, be careful when considering them as they do not match every style of home as other options, such as asphalt, do.


An environmentally friendly, durable, and fire-resistant option is the definition of slate roofing. This material can last up to a century with the right maintenance and care, making the higher price worth it in the long run. If you’re okay with spending more on material that can last for years, slate might be the choice for you.

It also is available in a variety of colors including grey, green, and black. Pick the color that looks best on your home! For extra help, check out our post “ How to Pick the Right Roof Shingle Color for Your Home.”

Let the Reroofing Begin!

Two Brothers Roofing of Southern Maryland is ready with the tools, equipment, and industry expertise to get your reroofing done right. We are fully insured and certified and offer a lifetime guarantee on our work! Call us today to get started with your free estimate. We’re excited to serve you!

For some helpful tips on how to pick the best color for your rooftop, check out our next article here!