Selecting the Perfect Roofing Material for Your Home or Commercial Building

Selecting the Perfect Roofing Material for Your Home or Commercial Building

As we near the official start of fall, properties across Central Indiana will be in need of roof repairs and replacements before the brutal Midwestern winter weather arrives.

For those looking toward roof replacement for their homes or commercial structures, selecting the right material and design is vital. Not only is it important to choose the right material in terms of durability and sustainability, but it’s also important to select a material that fits your unique style.

Ahead of your roof replacement with Hoosier Contractors this fall, here are some types of roofing material to consider.

Asphalt shingles

Asphalt shingles are the most popular roofing material in the U.S., with nearly 90% of residential homes using them in some form. This is due in large part to their ability to operate in most climates and environmental conditions. Asphalt shingles have also become popular because of their affordability compared to other materials, as well as being easier to locate, install and replace for roofers.

One downside to these shingles is that they’re not very sustainable compared to some of the options discussed below. It’s estimated that 11 million tons of asphalt roofing shingles are disposed of in landfills each year. In a time where being eco-friendly has become paramount, including in roofing, it’s important to consider whether or not they are the correct selection for you.


Metal roofs bring a lot to the table, with durability sitting in the front chair. This material can last between 30-50 years in operation, some cases even longer, outweighing the 15-25 years expected with asphalt shingles. This option is also incredibly resistant against snow and rain due to its seamless surface, which can be valuable for buildings in regions like the Midwest that experience a lot of rain and snow throughout respective seasons.

The ability for metal roofs to reflect sunlight also provides tremendous economic benefits to building inhabitants, reducing energy usage significantly, and putting money back into the owner’s pocket. This can be invaluable during summer where energy usage is high due to the need for cooling inside a home or commercial space.

One of the drawbacks with metal roofs is the amount of noise made during storms, especially hail storms. If you’re easily perturbed by annoying sounds, this may not be the option for you. They also can require special installation processes which can take longer and make it more difficult to find the right roofing professional.

Clay Tiles

On your next warm-climate vacation, you may notice most of the homes and buildings at your destination utilize clay tiles for their roofs. Reason being, this roofing material is incredibly durable against extreme heat, high winds and is even fire-resistant. Clay tiles are also aesthetically pleasing, which can be a huge asset in upping the curb appeal of a structure.

Clay tiles are one of the more expensive roofing materials available, costing usually anywhere between $10-$18 per square foot. Compared to asphalt shingles that can range from $1.50-$3.50 in most cases, the end price could be a little steep for homeowners and business owners.

Due to their weight, clay tiles do need extra support compared to other roofing materials, so it’s paramount that your home or building has such to handle this added pressure should you choose the clay tile route.


Slate roofing may be the most durable option there is, with a range between 75-200 years in operation. This incredible durability, combined with the low amount of maintenance needed, is a dream option for homeowners and business owners to use.

Similar to clay tiles, slate roofs are on the expensive side and can cost a pretty penny depending on where you’re located. Additionally, they require special skills to be installed, and finding the correct professionals to do so is a lot tougher compared to those who can install asphalt shingles and metal roofs.

There are many types of roofing materials out there, which can make the decision on which one to install on your home or commercial property difficult. Understanding the various pros and cons of each material, as well as your style and budget, will make this process much easier so you can find the perfect material for your roof.

For more information on these materials, a roof replacement and more, connect with a certified expert at Hoosier Contractors today!