Updating your roof will increase your home’s value and improve your curb appeal. By selecting the best-suited roof types or material, you can elevate the exterior’s style and improve your home’s overall look and feel simultaneously.

Accurate installing, thorough preparation, and solid roof framing are highly recommended, so take the time to do the initial research to approach this project confidently.

Truth be told that updating your roof can be a significant investment and a huge undertaking. The associated costs might even be out of reach. Many of us have multiple updates needed to be done to our homes and often worry that our homes will be unsellable unless completed.

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To help you become an educated roof buyer, we have created a short questionnaire to guide you in the right direction to make the best choice. Although you may not know the answers right now, it’s essential to find out. There is a wide range of options in multiple colors to consider, all with varying features and specific benefits. The more you know, the better off you will be!

During your search, be sure to gather information on the following questions:

  • What is the Life Span and Warranty?
  • Does the Material You are Considering Meet Fire Codes in Your City?
  • What is the Weight? And Will It Require Customized Framing?
  • What Is Required For Maintenance?
  • Are the Roof Types and Material You’re Considering Suitable for Weather Conditions in Your Area?
  • What is the Cost?
  • Is There A Range Of Colors And Material That Would Work For You Home?

Let’s dive right in and take a look at the different roof types to make an informed decision.

asphalt roof shingles on a home

Asphalt Shingles


Due to the affordability and ease of installation, Asphalt Shingles are the most popular of all roof types in the United States. You can even reinforce the material with fiberglass without affecting the look.

Pros: The most affordable material and made in a wide variety of colors

Cons: A reduced life span in comparison to other materials with inconsistent quality from brand to brand.

House Styles: An excellent fit for many styles and a top choice for classic suburban homes.

Cost and Life Span: Prices range from $70 to $120 a square and, if maintained properly, shingles will last 20 to 25 years.

house with trees and a clay tile roof that is brownish red

Clay and Concrete Tiles


Professional installation is a must, but your roof will have an elegantly texturized look and sophisticated appeal once completed. Clay tiles weigh less than concrete but cost more and offer less versatility.

Pros: Clay and concrete tiles are energy-efficient and long-lasting.

Cons: Clay and concrete tiles are expensive, heavy, and usually require additional framing.

House Styles: Clay and concrete tiles work well with Mediterranean, Mission, Southwestern, and Spanish-style homes.

Cost and Life Span: Prices start around $300 to $500 a square and, if maintained properly, tiles will last around 40 to 50 years.

white modern house with a metal roof

Metal Roof Types


Available in Copper, Zinc, Stainless Steel, and Aluminum, metal roofs are made for extreme weather conditions. They are lightweight, long-lasting, and provide a stylish look.

Pros: Metal roofing is durable, lasts longer than asphalt or wood, and offers high solar reflectance.

Cons: Metal roofing is relatively expensive.

House Styles: Metal looks great on bungalows, cabins, contemporary and cottage-style homes.

Cost and Life Span: Start around $100 to $300 a square, but some styles can cost $600 to $800 a square foot. Metal roofing can last 40 to 75 years.

roof with 2 windows and a chimney in the background

Slate Roofing


Offering lots of beauty and a distinctive, elegant appearance, slate colors include shades of black, green, grey, red, and purple.

Pros: Slate is very durable, fire-resistant, and a sustainable roof that can be recycled.

Cons: Slate is expensive, heavy, and requires extra framing and professional installation. The quality can vary with imported slate.

House Styles: Slate works well with Colonial, European and French chateau homes.

Cost and Life Span: Prices start at about $600 a square and up. Slate can last more than 50 years and sometimes 100 years or more.

grey wood house with brown roof and trees in the background

Wood Shingles and Shake


For hundreds of years, the go-to roofing choice, many homeowners love the look of wood shingles and shakes and how they weather to an attractive shade of gray. Wood shakes are handmade and rougher-looking than wood shingles, which are usually cut by machine.

If you live in a fire-prone area, look for Class A fire-rated wood roofing products that include shingles treated with a fire-resistant coating.

Pros: Wood shingles offer a rustic look and are usually made from cedar, redwood, and southern pine.

Cons: Fire codes in some areas prohibit use. Wood shingles can be a concern in wet climates and can mold, split or rot.

House Styles: Shake’s rustic aesthetic pairs well with bungalow, Cape Cod, cottage, Craftsman, and Tudor-style homes.

Cost and Life Span: Prices start at around $100 to $150 a square and last approximately 25 to 30 years.

roof with black synthetic shingles

Synthetic Roof Types


There are now synthetic roofing products, including rubber, plastic, and polymer roofing developed to give you the color, look, and texture of natural materials like slate and wood. These products are designed to be solid and easy to maintain. Some of these materials are fire-resistant.

The Benefits of Synthetic Slate Shingles

They’re more durable, easier to install, and much less expensive than authentic slate. Make sure to check with the manufacturer and inquire about warranty information. The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) suggests looking at full-size samples of the synthetic product and the manufacturers’ brochures.

Pros: Synthetic roofing is often not as fragile, heavy, or expensive as natural products.

Cons: Some of these products can absorb water, and the quality varies. Newer products aren’t as time-tested as traditional materials.

House Styles: Synthetic roofing products work with different architectural styles.

Cost and Life Span: Prices start at about $300 a square and are warrantied for up to 50 years.

Selecting the best roof type for your home can often boil down to climate and budget. If you live in Seattle, Washington ideal options will differ from what a homeowner in Tampa, Florida may consider a top choice.

When in doubt, the typical roof type in your neighborhood might be the best way to go. Remember that even the most affordable options have various quality grades. If your neighbors have opted for the cheapest option, you can still get the same look without sacrificing quality. Check out a site such as Home Advisor to start getting ideas and pricing out options today.