How To Pick A Roofing Material That Is Right For You

When it comes to picking out roofing materials for your home, there is a lot of information to sift through. There are a lot of different materials that are available today, which means that there is probably a material that is perfect for your roof. To help you figure out the best course of action for you, here are some details to consider about four of the most popular roofing materials: asphalt, clay, plastic polymer, and wood. 


Asphalt is one of the most popular options that you can get for your roof, and there are a number of reasons for that. Asphalt will generally last a little less than two decades as long as you maintain it properly, which means that you won't need to spend too much on repairs and replacement. While this does mean that you will need to replace your roof more often than you would with other options, the extremely low price of installation can easily make up for that.

Asphalt will generally cost a fraction of other materials, in some cases being 20% the price for comparable square footage.


Clay is a much more expensive version of asphalt, essentially offering much longer longevity and a different appearance in exchange for a higher initial price of installation.

Whether clay is better for your home will depend on your aesthetic preference and whether you need to replace your roof before your clay's lifespan is up. If your roof is damaged for some reason (for example, due to high winds), then replacing a clay roof will end up costing you a lot more than replacing an asphalt roof in a similar situation.

Plastic Polymer

Plastic is a great choice if you are looking for a long-lived roof that will require almost no maintenance on your part. Plastic will cost you roughly as much as other mid-tier roofing materials like metal or tile, but it has the added bonus of being extremely versatile when it comes to appearances.

Plastic polymer can mimic a number of other popular roofing materials, so you can effectively get a plastic roof that looks like any other option that you want.


Wood is at the other end of the spectrum in comparison to plastic, since wood requires a lot of maintenance and has a very specific appearance. If you want a natural appearance for your roof, then wood is uniquely qualfied as the only authentic option. 

However, you do need to make sure that your roof is properly sealed, so you may need to get some work done on your roof every few years, particularly if you live in an area with extreme temperatures or a lot of humidity and rain.

For further assistance, contact local professionals, such as those from DiRoma Roofing.