5 Best Roof Types for Your Home in 2020

june 13th, 2020 updated 8:00pm CT

When it comes to the roofing industry, there are dozens of different types and styles to choose from. Selecting the right roof for your home is an important job that shouldn’t be taken lightly. After all, your roof is going to protect your home and everything in it for the next 20-50 years (until a new roof is needed). But the type of roofing you select will play a huge role in when you will need to replace your roofing and how often you will need to repair it. You want something that is functional, durable, and can withstand the weather conditions that come along with San Antonio. So what are our choices for the best roofs in 2020? Here are our top choices:

1. Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt shingles are by far one of the most popular types of roofing in America. In fact, asphalt shingles are on more than 75% of all single-family homes in the USA. This is because they are both affordable and efficient. 

When it comes to asphalt shingles, there are two main types: Fiberglass shingles and organic shingles.

Fiberglass shingles use fiberglass mesh as the base and then are covered in asphalt. They are then wrapped in granules for UV reflection and coloring. The main benefit of this type of asphalt shingle is that they are light and resistant to tearing.

Organic shingles are those that are usually made from recycled paper and then covered in asphalt and granules. This type of shingle is preferred by environmentalists and does better than fiberglass shingles in high wind situations. With that being said, organic shingles can be difficult to find because many manufacturers have ceased their production. Organic shingles absorb more moisture than fiberglass shingles and therefore tend to dry out much quicker. 

Why do we love Asphalt Shingles?

  • Asphalt shingles are very versatile and come in a variety of different styles. They look attractive on almost any style of home.
  • If using fiberglass shingles, these provide good protection against fire damage.
  • Asphalt shingles give you the most bang for your buck. They are good quality and durable, yet affordable at the same time. They are, in fact, the most affordable roofing option.
  • Most asphalt shingles will last up to 30 years, though this time frame can vary depending on the brand and quality of the shingle.
  • Asphalt shingles come in a variety of different styles including architectural shingles and three-tab shingles. There are lots of options to choose from and they can mimic the appearance of other roofing types like shakes and slate.
  • Asphalt shingles can withstand winds of 60-130 miles per hour.

Are there any downfalls of Asphalt Shingles?

Like any other type of roof system, asphalt shingles are not perfect. Here are some of their downfalls:

  • Asphalt shingles need to be replaced more often than other shingle types. So while they will save you more money upfront, they will cost more in the long run.
  • If you purchase some of the cheaper asphalt shingles, you may only get 10-15 years of use in hot climates like San Antonio.
  • Any rapid changes in temperature can cause cracking in asphalt shingles.
  • If your attic isn’t properly vented, shingles can cup and crack, with their lifespan being drastically reduced. 
  • Asphalt shingles aren’t considered an eco-friendly option. Unless you can find organic shingles, they are not made from organic materials and are not recyclable. 
  • Asphalt shingles are not resistant to mold or algae. 

2. Wooden Shingles

When it comes to roofing, wood can give your home a natural look. It can be made from a wide variety of different woods including redwood, cedar, pine, and cypress. Wooden roofing materials can be purchased in shingles or shakes:

Wooden shingles are cut from a block of wood using a machine. The end of the shingle is thinner than the end of a shake and has a smoother surface and cleaner edge. 

Wooden shakes are created from lumber logs and are usually split by hand. They are split on one or both sides. They are thicker than shingles and usually handcrafted. Wooden shakes are often the preference for a more rustic appearance. They are also the more expensive option. 


Why do we love wooden shingles?

  • Wooden shingles can give a natural and rustic appearance to a home. They are attractive and have a natural beauty that asphalt shingles do not. Wooden shingles are a popular choice for cottages, cabins, and bungalows
  • Some types of wooden shingles have natural oils in them that make them resistant to insects and moisture.
  • Wooden shingles have a longer lifespan than asphalt shingles by 5-10 years. 
  • Wood, along with proper insulation, can help to keep your home warm and reduce your heating bills.
  • Wooden shingles are eco-friendly. Many of them are produced from trees that have already fallen. When no longer usable on a roof, they can also be recycled. Wooden shingles can be made into compost, mulch, or wood chips after installation. 

Are there any downfalls of wooden shingles?

Like any other type of roofing, wooden shingles are not perfect. Here are some of their downfalls:

  • Wooden shingles are not fire-resistant. Most shingles only have a class C fire rating. With that being said, you can opt to purchase treated shingles which will make them more resistant to fire damage.
  • Wooden shingles are not permitted everywhere. In areas that are prone to wildfires, they may be illegal.
  • Wooden shingles can be prone to a buildup of moss and algae and need regular maintenance. They are one of the higher maintenance roof types.
  • Wooden roofing is one of the more expensive options and repairs are also quite costly.

3. Tile Roofing

Tiling is one of the older styles of roofing and has been around for many decades. With that being said, today’s modern tiles are much different than the older styles and are made from stronger and more durable materials. The tile comes in three different forms: clay, concrete, and fiber cement. Clay tiles are strong and durable, concrete tiles are lightweight, and fiber cement tiles are light and strong. 

Why do we love tile roofing?

  • Regardless of what type of tile you choose, it will last you for years to come. It is extremely durable, lasting up to 50 years or more. 
  • Tile is not only fire-resistant but also helps to keep insects away.
  • If you choose a light-colored tiling it can help to reflect sunlight, thereby keeping your home cooler during the summer months.
  • Tile roofing is one of the more attractive options and comes in a variety of styles, colors, and textures to suit all different types of homes.
  • Tile roofing is eco-friendly and recyclable

Are there any downfalls of tile roofing?

Like any other type of roofing, tile is not perfect. Here are some of its downfalls:

  • Tile roofing can’t be used on all homes. It is considered to be very heavy, so if you don’t have a strong support, you might not be able to use it. 
  • Tile is one of the more expensive options.
  • Roof repairs can be more difficult with tile roofing because of the fact that they can be easily broken. Anyone walking on the roof must do so with extreme caution.

4. Metal Roofing

Metal roofing is one of the most durable options. It is a style that has been around for many years but now has a modern twist that makes it more attractive than it previously was. Metal roofs come in the traditional styles that simply look like metal roofs, or can be designed to look like tiles, shakes, or shingles. It can be made from a variety of metal materials including zinc, copper, steel, and aluminum.

Why do we love metal roofing?

  • As we mentioned above, metal roofing is much more versatile than it used to be. It comes in a variety of styles, colors, and textures, and can be used to mimic tiles, slates, shakes, and shingles. 
  • Metal is one of the most durable forms of roofing you can buy and can last 50 years or more. 
  • Metal roofing is a form of cool roofing that helps to reflect the sun’s UV rays. In return, it can help to keep your home cooler in the hot months, thereby reducing your energy bills.
  • It is one of the most fire-resistant materials you can use
  • Metal is a great option for areas that receive high amounts of snow and rain as it helps to shed them quicker. It can also help to prevent the buildup of ice in colder weather.
  • Metal roofing is made (mostly) from recyclable materials and is 100% recyclable. 

Are there any downfalls to metal roofing?

Like any form of roof system, metal roofing is not perfect. Here are some of its downfalls:

  • Metal roofing is one of the more expensive roofing types. If you choose to install a copper roof, you will definitely pay a premium. 
  • Metal roofing can be noisier than other roofing materials.
  • If metal roofing is hit with large hailstones or other objects, it can be dented. It can also be costlier to repair or replace than other roofing materials.

5. Slate Roofing

Slate roofing comes in two different forms: genuine and synthetic. Regardless of which type you choose, they are an extremely durable option and can last 40-60 years. In fact, slate is the number one most durable form of roofing that you can use on your home. It is commonly found on European homes and has been used as such for centuries. 

Why do we love slate roofing?

  • Slate is considered to be one of the more luxurious roofing materials.
  • It can increase the resale value of your home.
  • Slate roofing is extremely durable and is unlikely to need replacement in your lifetime.
  • It is considered a green and eco-friendly roofing option. It is reusable and recyclable. 

Are there any downfalls to metal roofing?

Like all other roofing types, slate is not perfect. Here are some of its downfalls:

  • Slate is considered to be a heavy material. In order to install it, your support frame needs to be very strong. Not every home can handle the weight of slate. 
  • Slate needs to be installed by a professional who has experience with slate. If not installed properly, it won’t take long to see moisture problems. 

Not sure what type of residential roofing system to choose? Contact a local roofing company in your area and speak to a professional roofer today to discuss your options. 

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