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Which Type of Roof Is Best For Your Home

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Which Type of Roof Is Best For Your Home

Choosing the best type of roofing material can get overwhelming with so many varieties on the market. Most of the time, you are looking for the best type of roof for your house or a better replacement for what you already have. Either way, you are searching for that one roof that will fit your specific needs and budget.

Before jumping into the different types of roofing, here are a few things to consider when choosing a roof:

  • Geographic Location – How’s the weather in your area? The roof’s main function is to protect you from the elements. You should consider the type of roof based on where you live.
  • Durability – Can this roof type withstand the weather conditions and temperatures in your region?
  • Longevity – What is the average lifespan of this type of material and will you be able to manage it in the long run? (budget-wise)
  • Slope & Weight – Will this type of roofing material be compatible to your existing structure? Can your structure withstand the heaviness of the roof?
  • Environmentally friendly – This type of roof should be good for the environment and your pocket.
  • Aesthetics – Will it match the overall theme of your home?


Use this guide to assess your needs while choosing the best type of roof.

asphalt type of roofing

Asphalt shingles are the most widely known types of roofing

Asphalt Shingles

This is the most common type of roofing used in the Bay Area, and is made from asphalt.

Pros: It is fairly affordable and easy to install. This type has plenty of styles, colors, and designs. Aesthetics-wise, you won’t have a hard time matching this type to your home’s theme. It is also good for places with sunny weather for its heat reflecting properties.  Also, with Cool Roof Shingles (CertainTeed Solaris) you can keep your roof cooler because these are energy star shingles.

Cons: Not very durable in the long run. The life span for shingles is generally 30-50 years depending on type of material you purchase. It quickly deteriorates in areas where temperature changes at a very short amount of time. This type also has low resistance against strong winds and hail. The wind warranty on these can also vary. Due to how it is produced, it is not environmentally friendly. Also,  whichever color you choose for the shingles, that is your color for life!  

Slate Tiles

A slate roof is one of most defining products you could possible install on your home or office. We specialize in slate roof installations. Our highly trained craftsmen are fully capable of almost any slate installation and we look forward to turning your home into a work of art.

Pros: Slate is an all-natural product that is hand-crafted to fit your project’s specifications exactly. Slate roofs offer an incredible time-proven track record that, when properly installed, are rarely contested by any other roofing product. Slate roofing is one of the most fire resistant roofs that exist.

Cons: The weight of slate roofing tile is anywhere between 800 and 1,500 pounds per square (100 square feet), but we take care of that with our installation. You don’t walk on them unless you know what you’re doing.

Traditional Products: Slate roofs offer an incredible time-proven track record that, when properly installed, are rarely contested by any other roofing product. With proper care, a slate roof will outlast even the original builder, and can be enjoyed for generations to come.

Concrete Tiles

Made from a mixture of cement, water, and sand, concrete tiles are durable and long-lasting.

Pros: This type of roof material is economical as it does not corrode and offers a long lifespan. It is also affordable; being able to change individual damaged tiles. When colored, it can also achieve the desired look of your house.

Cons: Since this material is made from cement, it is very heavy for certain structures. You might need stronger reinforcement on your house for it to cater to its weight. This roof type can stand against heavy rains but not much on extreme winds and hail as they can easily crack.

Clay Tiles

Dubbed as the most beautiful type of roof, made from pulverized clay and water. It can be moulded to a specific type of tile design.

Pros: This type of material is fire-proof. It also moderates your home’s temperature making it very energy efficient.

Cons: They are very expensive. Because it is not strong against extreme weathers, you may need to frequently change the tiles when damaged. Like concrete, it is also heavy and needs a durable structure for it to be held-up.

Wood Roofs

This type of roof is usually made from cedar, redwood, cypress, and pine. These types of wood are sturdy and long-lasting.

No longer allowed in CA because of fire danger, so it is not an option for our local friends.

Metal Roofing

Metal roof materials are typically made with steel, copper, and aluminum.

Pros: Very durable and can last to more than 60 years. Practically fire-proof, metal roofs can lower the costs of fire insurance and have a high resale value. It is very resilient against strong weather conditions. They are also low maintenance, lightweight, and come in a variety of styles.

Cons: Some homeowners dislike the visual aesthetic of metal roofs. They are expensive in price and will need a professional to have it installed. If your house does not have an attic, it can become noisy once it is hit by rain.


Although some choose DIY in building or repairing their roof, there are still a lot of factors to consider. Roofing is a tedious job and a lot can go wrong from measurements to making small holes for moisture to enter. 

It is always best to seek out professionals who can assess your home’s needs. They also know your municipality’s regulations and weather as well. This frees you from making costly mistakes and saves your time and effort in the long term. 

Of course, McLeran Roofing is an excellent choice with trustworthy expertise and top notch service for all of your roofing needs. We would love to chat with you about what you are looking for. Drop us a quick note below and we’d be happy to discuss your roof.  

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