The Pros & Cons of Roofing Materials

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Installing a new roof on your home is not a decision you have to make often in life. However, when it is time to replace your roof a lot of thought and consideration should be put into which materials to use. Take the time to look over the pros and cons of each roofing material.


  • The most used and trusted roofing material in the U.S.
  • Biggest variety of colors, patterns, and styles to choose from
  • Inexpensive


  • Do not have a history of performance statistics in how they hold up over time



  • Available in shingles, tiles, slates, and vertical sheets
  • The lightest roofing material available


  • Experience the common problems of most materials, such as leaks, pooling of water, and holes



  • Thick cut cedar shakes can last longer than any other wood material
  • Pressure-treated shakes can withstand the elements


  • Can become easily warped after consistent exposure to rain and snow



  • Can last over 100 years if maintained properly
  • Used widely on historic building as well as the homes of those who appreciate architectural history


  • The heaviest roofing material available
  • Will need to reinforce certain roofing structures to handle the weight of the tiles
  • Can easily be broken during installation

All roofing materials have their own positives and negatives, but it is important to select the right roofing material for you and your home. For help with selection and installation you can rely on the experts at Preferred Exterior. Our GAF Master Elite installers will have a new roof on your home in no time! To learn more, or to schedule a free estimate, give us a call at (516) 354-7252.

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