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Roofing Material Comparisons

Posted on March 28, 2019

Quad Cities Roof Replacement

Everyone needs a roof over their head. The real question is, what kind?

When you decide to install a new or replacement roof, one of the first questions you'll be asked is what kind of roof you'd like. This doesn't refer to the slant of the roof in most cases, but rather the materials used. While shingled roofs might be the type of roof you see most often, there are a few different options. Let's break down the benefits and drawbacks of each to help determine which kind of roof is best for you.

Asphalt Shingles

Throughout the years, asphalt shingles remain the most popular roofing material available. They're the most affordable option, although as is often the case, you'll want to be sure not to order the cheapest shingles, as they may be cheaper in quality. They're light and easy to install, and they can come in a variety of colors.

Asphalt shingles might not last as long as some of the more expensive roofing materials, but with the right asphalt shingles — as well as a good roof ventilation system and gutter system — they can last as long as you live in the home. At Mainstream, we offer TruDefinition® Duration® Shingles with a limited lifetime warranty and 130-MPH wind resistance lifetime warranty.

Slate Tiles

Slate tiles have an elegant look to them that will help your home to stand out. From a distance, they might look similar to asphalt shingles, but the natural stone appearance helps set it apart. Slate is fire resistant, eco-friendly, and durable. Unfortunately, slate is heavy and can become problematic when they crack or break. They also lack the color options that asphalt shingles have. 

You can have composite slate tiles installed, meant to mimic the appearance of slate but with a lighter nature. However, composite slate is slippery and still one of the more expensive roofing options.


Metal roofing is an up-and-coming roofing option, for residential homes. You might already be familiar with metal roofing for barns and sheds. As it's fire and storm resistant, as well as exceptionally durable, it's little wonder that roofers started to use metal roofing for homes. Metal roofing is, again, a more expensive option, though some will see it as an investment given that it tends to be long-lasting and energy efficient. It can, however, dent in some cases, and the sound of rain hitting a metal roof can be grating to many homeowners. 

Have a question about roofing materials or your upcoming roof replacement project? Contact Mainstream Home Improvement today for more information.

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