Pros and Cons of Roofing Materials

pros and cons of roofing materials from categories of tile, shingles, and metal

In 2019 we have a variety of materials to choose from for our roofs. In this article we will go over some of the pros and cons of roofing materials currently available to the public.

Our options for roofing materials include various types of shingles, tiles, and metal. These materials have different styles, colors and qualities. As a result, people can make their decisions of which materials to use based on their preferences of budget and style.

List of Roofing Materials with Pros and Cons:

The list below will describe some pros and cons of roofing materials. There will be information about three different categories of roofing materials which are tile, shingles, and metal. There are multiple types of specific materials within each one of the main three categories.


Tile Roofing Materials:


Clay Tile

Pros of Clay Tile:

  • Has a long lifespan
  • Easy to maintain
  • Noncombustible
  • Available in various colors
  • Attractive

Cons of Clay Tile:

  • Expensive
  • Not easy to install
  • Weighs a lot, at about 600 – 650 pounds per square (100 sq. ft.)
  • Tiles can break from walking on them
  • Colors can fade relatively easily

Slate Tile

Pros of Slate Tile:

  • Has a very long lifespan
  • Easy to maintain
  • Noncombustible
  • Looks beautiful

Cons of Slate Tile:

  • Expensive
  • Heavy (3/8” thick slate weighs 5.5 lbs per sq. ft., 1/2” thick slate weighs around 7.3 lbs per sq. ft., 3/4″ thick slate weighs around 11 lbs per sq. ft.)

Concrete Tile

Pros of Concrete Tile:

  • Easy to maintain
  • Durable against wind and storms including hail.
  • Noncombustible
  • Multiple styles available
  • Multiple colors available

Cons of Concrete Tile:

  • Very heavy, at 800 to 1100 pounds per square (100 sq. ft.)
  • Fairly expensive
  • Not easy to install

Spanish Tile

Pros of Spanish Tile:

  • Has very long lifespan, lasting for up to 70 years
  • Noncombustible
  • Great insulation, beneficial hot and cold weather, also improving energy efficiency for heating and cooling.

Cons of Spanish Tile:

  • Expensive
  • Heavy, one square (100 sq. ft.) of 1/4″ tiles weigh about 900 lbs

Shingle Roofing Materials:


Asphalt Shingles

Pros of Asphalt Shingles:

  • Easy to install
  • Easy to repair
  • Fire resistant
  • Inexpensive compared to other roofing materials

Cons of Asphalt Shingles:

  • Lifespan of only 15 to 30 years
  • Not eco-friendly
  • Not the easiest to maintain

Wood Shingles

Pros of Wood Shingles:

  • Has a long lifespan, lasting for about 30 to 40 years.
  • Easy to repair
  • Great insulation
  • Looks natural

Cons of Wood Shingles:

  • Not easy to install
  • Has relatively high flammability.
  • Not so durable
  • Requires high maintenance compared to many other roofing materials
  • Fairly expensive

Metal Roofing Materials:


Aluminum Standing Seam Roof

Pros of Aluminum Standing Seam Roofs:

  • Can be installed above an existing roof
  • Extremely durable
  • Lightweight
  • Flame retardant
  • Great insulation
  • Many styles available
  • Many colors available

Cons of Aluminum Standing Seam Roofs:

  • Expensive
  • Not easy to install
  • Colors may fade relatively early and require painting

Steel Shingles

Pros of Steel Shingles:

  • Can be installed above an existing roof
  • Extremely durable
  • Flame retardant
  • Great insulation
  • Many styles available
  • Many colors available

Cons of Steel Shingles:

  • Expensive (slightly less expensive than aluminum standing seam)
  • Not easy to install
  • Colors may fade relatively early and require painting
  • Heavier than aluminum standing seam roofs

Choosing the Best Roofing Material for Your Home

Choosing the best roofing material for your home may not be the easiest thing to do, due to the fact that we have so many options.

We hope that this list of pros and cons will help you make the best choice possible for you. One way to decide on which one is best for you is by making the decision based on style and budget availability. If you are trying to save as much money as possible, the choice shouldn’t be so difficult. Asphalt shingles cost the least while other roofs can provide additional benefits.

If budget is not your number one concern, you can make a decision based on style and quality desires. Do you need help with making a decision for your roofing and home remodeling in Los Angeles, CA or surrounding cities? Our experts at All American Builders are always ready and willing to provide assistance.

All you need to do is go over some specific details of your project desires and circumstances. As a result, we will give our suggestions based on the information you provide us with. Additionally, we will discuss the pros and cons of the materials we suggest based on your specific situation.

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