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Choosing the Right Roofing Material for Residential Properties

We’ve seen it plenty of times in our line of work. Too many homeowners gearing up for a roof replacement stick to the same roofing materials by default. We find that an utter shame. With so many types of residential roofs on the market, there may be a better option to choose from!

So just how do you choose the right material for your residential roofing project? Let’s zoom in on some of the key factors to consider (and this is by no means an exhaustive list)!

What to Consider When Choosing the Right Residential Roofing Materials: A Checklist

The roof over your head will protect your family and property for decades to come — so it’s absolutely essential to pick the right roofing materials. This handy checklist will help you make sure no stone remains unturned as you research your residential roofing options:

  • Durability in home roofing. Each residential roofing material has an expected functional lifespan. How long do you want your new roof to last?
  • Climate. Your new roof will have to withstand the challenges the local weather and climate throw at it. Identify the biggest threats — which can include storms, hail, heavy snowfall, rain, and humidity — and choose the best roofing materials for your climate.
  • Energy efficiency. Your roof helps to regulate the temperature within your home. Some residential roofing materials are best suited for colder climates, while others reflect sunlight to keep you cooler in summer. Keep that in mind!
  • Maintenance. All residential roofs benefit from periodic inspections and cleanups, but every material has different maintenance needs.
  • Style. Consider which roofing styles and materials best complement your area, your home’s exterior, and your preferred look. You have more options than you might think!
  • Affordability. While the most cost-effective residential roofing in the long run isn’t necessarily the roofing solution with the lowest upfront costs, budget always influences your final choice.


When you look at all those factors, it becomes clear that there’s no such thing as “the best roof for homes.” Instead, you’re looking for the roofing material that meets your particular needs.

What Are the Best Residential Roofing Materials?

How do America’s most popular residential roofing materials hold up when you run them through that checklist? Asphalt shingles, metal roofs, and clay tiles each have their own advantages. One of these residential roofing materials might be perfect for your property!

Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt roof shingles are by far the most widely chosen residential roofing material. GAF shingles, some of the best on the market, stand out for their affordability, durability, and the fact that they’re delightfully easy to maintain and care for. With countless styles and shingle colors to pick from, there’s a GAF shingle style that looks like it was specially designed for your home.

Metal Roofing

Residential metal roofing options combine beauty and sturdiness — and if you haven’t considered this roofing material before, you’re bound to be pleasantly surprised by the sheer variety of options currently on the market. Whether you choose metal shingles or standing seam metal roofing, these residential roofs are absolutely stunning and extremely wind-resistant.

Clay and Terracotta Tiles

These charming roof tiles give your home a rustic and cozy feel, but clay and terracotta tiles are also highly durable. With an expected lifespan of over 50 years, they ensure you won’t need another roof replacement any time soon.

Get a Free Estimate From the Qualis Team Today!

Are you excited to transform your home’s look with a brand-new roof?

With over 50 years of combined experience in the field, Qualis Roofing & Construction understands how important it is you’re happy with your roofing choice from the get-go. Why not pick up the phone and pick our brains? Our friendly staffers are happy to answer all your questions and help you decide which roofing materials are best for your property!