The Best Roofing Materials

best roofing materials

When it comes to the roof of your home, you want to make the right decision on materials, because the roof is one of the most important aspects. Finding the correct roofing material to best suit your home depends on a number of things including the local weather conditions and visual appeal you are seeking. Below are the five best roofing materials we suggest to our clients.

Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt Shingles are made from either fiberglass or paper cores. The asphalt is added to make the shingles weatherproof and durable. Ceramic granules are also added to the shingles to make them more resistant to the effects of sunlight and also helps prevent algae from growing on your roof. The ceramic granules also provide a wide variety of color variations for you to choose from.


Metal roofing is higher in price than asphalt shingles, but provides better wind protection, lower maintenance and a longer life span. Metal Roofs are manufactured using large sections of sheet metal that are crimped to provide a durable interlocking seam. ┬áThese solid connections between elements add to metal roofing’s ability to resist wind and water damage.


Many home owners are drawn to slate roofing tiles because they are visually appealing and  more uncommon then other materials. They are heavier then other roofing material choices but are also very durable effective. Some studies have shown the life span of slate tiles to exceed 100+ years which is a dramatic improvement over the average 20+ years other materials like Asphalt Shingles offer.

Wood Shingles

Wood shingles are more costly to buy, install and maintain as compared to the more common asphalt shingles. They’re also less fire-resistant (for obvious reasons). Nevertheless, if effectively installed, they aren’t any more susceptible to wind and water destruction than asphalt shingles. Wood Shingles also achieve a rustic look that a lot of homeowners in the North West seek, which is why they are becoming more and more popular lately.

Tile Shingles

One of the most popular roofing materials in the North East is Tile Shingles. They can be manufactured out of either concrete, slate or clay. Tile roofs are rather classy, are often noticed on older houses and are utilized in upscale new building. The different styles include; conventional red Spanish tiles (popular in the South West), rugged and elegant European tiles, and French style tiles that resemble shingles but are generally more irregular in shape.

If you are unsure which type of roofing material is best for your home, give us a call. We will help you make the right decision so you dont end up regretting anything down the road. Our knowledge and experience is what makes South Fork Design your preferred Idaho Falls Home Builders.

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