Whether you’re due to replace your roof or you’re building a new home, choosing your type of roof can be difficult. Many homeowners default to asphalt because they are most popular and are unsure of the other available options. However, there are several more curb-appealing options such as wood shingles or slate. There are also more durable options such as aluminum or copper. Lastly, there are more eco-friendly options to consider as well.

Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt shingles are a prime choice for homeowners with a strict budget. However, this does not mean there is a limit in options. Asphalt shingles come in a variety of patterns and colors. Some are made to look like other roofing types including tile, wood or slate. They are also the most cost-effective roofing material option, but the least eco-friendly. However, shingle recycling programs have likely kept asphalt shingles from declining in an environment-conscious market.

Wood Shingles and Shakes

Homeowners often choose wood shingles and shakes for the unique aesthetic they provide. However, they are not fire resistant at all and installing them can increase your home insurance prices. They are also prone to damage and mold and are sometimes difficult to repair. Wood shingles and shakes are one of the mid-range priced roofing materials. They are an eco-friendly option because they are a mostly natural product, and can be recycled at the end of their useful period.

Metal (Steel, Aluminum and Copper)

If a homeowner wants a durable roof, metal is often recommended. Metal roofs are also typically made with recycled materials, and can be recycled again, making them an eco-friendly choice. However, the type of metal and shape of your roof can drive the price from mid-range to high.


Slate is another choice for homeowners who are more concerned about curb appeal than price. However, unlike wood, slate roofing is very durable. Slate is also a natural product, but cutting it from the quarry does have some environmental impact.


Tile is another aesthetic choice. While the materials may not be that expensive, the labor to install this type of roofing will be as it is very heavy. One plus for this type of roofing is that it is energy efficient.

Now that you’re aware of the different roofing materials, the next step in making a decision is speaking with a knowledgeable roofing expert. Buccos Roofing in the Pittsburg, PA area offers free consultations and estimates. A roofing expert can help you make the best decision for your budget, home type, climate, and aesthetic desire.