different roofing materials

The Pros and Cons of Different Roofing Materials

Which Material is Right for You?

Replacing your roof is a big decision requiring a large commitment and investment. Afterall, this is the roof that will likely last you at least a few decades, so you want to make sure it’s the correct material installed by a great roofing company.

Whether you’re replacing out of immediate necessity thanks to a leak or substantial damage, or simply replacing because it’s time or to up your resale value, it’s important to do your research ahead of time. You must consider:

  • Budget
  • Longevity
  • Durability
  • Aesthetics
  • Weight

And more! Read on to learn about the different types of roofing materials and discover which is right for over your head.


Almost 80% of the housing market is dominated by asphalt shingles. Let’s dive into why that is, as well as why 20% prefer other materials.


These are one of the most affordable options on the market, hence their popularity. Despite the high demand, they are also often readily available at most home improvement stores. Another draw is how easy they are to replace and install. If a particularly strong storm blows a few away, you can head back to said home improvement store for replacements. Finally, they are one of the more fire-resistant options for an added layer of safety.


While fire resistant, these shingles are not the most durable out there. They also have one of the lower life expectancies on the market at 15-30 years.


From slate to a beautiful red clay, tile is a beautiful choice to give your house a homey and rustic look.


With a unique, beautiful aesthetic, tile is a more luxurious roofing option for your home. These mighty tile shingles have one of the longest lifespans, at times past 50 years. This means they are very durable, withstanding heat, wind, and rain. There are also a variety of color options available to match your home perfectly.


The beautiful look of tile roofing comes with a higher price tag, both for materials and labor, as they are heavier and more difficult to install. Their weight means they are not ideal for every home’s structure and could require reinforcement before installation. And while they are more durable than asphalt, if damaged in a particularly bad storm, they are more difficult to replace.


From copper to steel, a metal roof is certainly a unique choice for those looking to replace their roof.


A big draw to these roofs are their eco-friendliness as they are recyclable, and may even be made of recycled materials. They are also one of the more durable options that last about 60 years. There are a large variety of colors and styles to create the perfect look for your home.


Metal roofs can quickly become pricey, making them a bit more of an investment for the homeowner. And while durable, a fallen branch or hail storm could dent the roof. Finally, if you’re not a fan of extra noise, you may want to choose a different material as rain on a metal roof can be noisy.

Wood Shingles

A unique and very rustic option for a more earthy look.


There is a large variety of wood out there, meaning there is a wide variety of options for your roof! Cedar and redwood will typically last between 20-40 years, and are durable against strong storms and winds. Cedar roofs in particular are also energy efficient thanks to their natural insulation!


The beauty and efficiency of wooden singles brings with it a high price. And with every wood structure, you must be mindful of insects and moss, meaning your roof will require regular maintenance to stay clean and safe.

Roofing Installation in Portland

When you’re ready to make an investment on your roof, choose RJ Roofing to get the job done right! Contact us today at (971) 252-7079 to get started!