The roof of your house represents one of the most important investments you can make. It is one that should give you peace of mind and protect you from the elements for years to come. That said, the choices involved in selecting a roof are often difficult to make, as there are many different roofing materials to choose from. Keep reading below to discover more about some of the most popular materials, and why you may want to consider them for your home's next roof.


Asphalt shingles are seen on the roofs of homes throughout virtually every neighborhood in the country -- and for good reason. Asphalt is not only one of the most inexpensive roofing materials, but can it can also last for decades if cared for properly. Asphalt shingles are also easily installed and repaired, meaning additional labor costs will be kept to a minimum over the life of the roof. 


Perhaps the one downside of having asphalt shingle roofing is that some consider it unattractive. While certainly not everyone shares this opinion, those who prioritize the aesthetics of their home's roof will likely be thrilled with the unique look that only wood shingles can provide. Luxury homes, for example, commonly feature wood shingles made of cedar or redwood. Keep in mind, however, that wood shingles are likely not the best roofing material available in climates that experience frequent rain or wildfires.


If you're looking for a roofing material that is less expensive than wood, but you aren't yet sold on asphalt shingles, then you may want to consider clay. Shingles that are made of clay are most popular in desert climates, primarily because they are more resistant to the extreme heat that such climates experience in the summer months. They are also a good choice if you want a roof that is resistant to fires and saltwater corrosion. 


If cost is truly no object, then you may want to splurge on a roof made of slate shingles. Slate is arguably one of the most beautiful roofing materials on the market, and will effectively eliminate the need for any other roof during the life of your home. While slate shingles can be easily broken during severe storms, it is otherwise supremely durable, meaning you don't have to compromise on toughness. When regularly maintained, slate shingled roofs can easily last more than a century.

Contact a local contractor for more information on what type of roofing material is best for you.