Here are some general guidelines to help you determine the best type of roofing material for your home.

Architectural Roof Tiles with Asphalt Composition

 

Architectural asphalt shingles typically have a longer life expectancy than three-layer asphalt shingles and are more expensive. Look for impact-resistant shingles rated UL2218 type three or four, as they provide better protection against hail and may be eligible for discount for impact-resistant roofs.

 

Three-layer asphalt shingles

 

Three-layer asphalt shingles are less expensive than architectural asphalt shingles and usually have a lower life expectancy. Look for impact-resistant shingles rated UL2218 type three or four, as they provide better protection against hail and may be eligible for discount for impact-resistant roofs.

 

Metal Panels

 

Metal panels are attractive, lightweight and have a long life expectancy. They are more expensive than asphalt shingles and are extremely prone to denting from hail or other sources. Look for metal roofing products that have passed FM 4473 or UL2218 tests as class three or four; they may be eligible for the discount for impact-resistant roofs.

 

Wood shingles

 

Wood shingles are attractive and more expensive than asphalt shingles. They are especially susceptible to hail damage and are usually prohibited by local fire codes.

 

Slate

 

The board is attractive and has a long life expectancy. It is more expensive than asphalt shingles.

 

Rubber slate or “imitation” slate

 

This option is less expensive than the real board and has a long life expectancy. Rubber slate is more expensive