4 Roofing Materials Worth Recommending

When it comes to roofing material options, there are several that appeal to different styles, pricepoints, and weather conditions, making choosing your type of roofing to be confusing and difficult. More often than not, homeowners tend to default to asphalt simply because it the most popular, and other options are difficult to understand. This is a shame, as there are several other appealing options that exist out on the market that may hit closer to home in terms of what you want, whether you want a more industrial style or you want to be more environmentally friendly. Here are 4 fantastic roofing options that you should consider for your home.

Asphalt Shingles 

We’ll start with the most popular choice. Asphalt shingles have been the number one seller for American homes for decades, and for good reason. They are economical, durable, and have a proven track record to be reliable. Beyond this, asphalt shingles are now available in several patterns and colors, enabling you to choose something else if the traditional shingle look isn’t for you.

Because asphalt has such a massive appeal, we made sure to partner with a supplier that specializes in delivering top-notch shingles at an excellent price point. Atlas roofing has been a staple in the asphalt shingle business for decades, and offers high-quality roof shingles at every style and price point. We are proudly certified to install their shingles onto your home, not only giving you special warranty benefits, but also the peace of mind that you won’t have to worry about poor installation service.

Wood Shingles and Shakes

With its classic appeal and natural look, many homeowners choose wood shingles and shakes for the unique aesthetic they provide. They are ideal for those who are die-hard loyalists to traditional American style homes, who’s wooden roofs have a unique appearance that changes over time, giving each one it’s own distinctive finish. However, this comes at the cost of it being an increased fire hazard, which can raise the price of insurance on your home. Also, as a natural material, they are susceptible to mold, insect damage, and rot. However, this is good news for the environmentally-conscious homeowner, as they can be recycled at the end of their lifespan.

Metal (Steel, Aluminum and Copper)

Metal is becoming an increasingly popular option, as industrial and contemporary-style homes become popular. Durable and distinct in appearance, it is perfect for homeowners who want a strong and unique material that lasts long and requires low maintenance. Better yet it is flame-resistant, eco-friendly and often comes with insulation on its interior, giving it a high R-value that will save you a ton on heating costs. However, all these perks do come at a higher price, as the type of metal and shape of your roof can make the cost of it vary from mid-range to high. Furthermore not all metals are created equal, as aluminum and copper tend to be less durable than steel, and are subject to getting dents from hail. Therefore, it is advised that you take into great consideration the conditions of your environment when choosing this material.


Slate, like wood, is another time-honored material that has a distinct natural appeal to it, thanks to its rock-like texture that is hard to find with any other material. Unlike wood, however, slate is very durable, impervious to fire, insect, and moisture damage, and is low maintenance, with little work needed to be done for it apart from routine inspections. However, it is also very expensive due to the difficult process of extracting it from natural quarries. It is also very heavy, and your home needs to be specially reinforced to carry it. Still, for those who truly appreciate its raw mineral aesthetic, there is no roofing material quite like it.

Now that you’re aware of the different roofing materials, the next step in making a decision is speaking with a knowledgeable roofing expert that has years of experience in selecting and installing roofs. We over at K&B Home Remodelers have been in the exterior industry since 1982, and offer free consultations and estimates. A roofing expert can help you make the best decision for your budget, home type, climate, and aesthetic desire. Contact us at 862-305-0462, or fill out an online inquiry form. We’d love to work with you!

About Mike Damora

Mike Damora is vice president of sales and marketing at K&B Home Remodelers, in Randolph, N.J. You can follow him on Twitter @madamoracatch him on Drift.