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The Top 3 Strongest Roofing Materials

December 2, 2022 | 3 min. read

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Picking the best material for a roof replacement can take time and effort. With an expensive endeavor ahead of you, you want to ensure you’re getting the best price. 

Once the roof replacement is done, you want to forget about it. But with general wear and tear along with extreme weather, that may be impossible.

That may leave you wondering, which roofing material is up to the challenge? Are there any durable enough to handle what life throws at them?

Rescue My Roof has been a frontrunner in the roofing industry for over a decade. We are dedicated to helping homeowners make the best decisions and get the spectacular roof they deserve. 

Today, we’ll break down the three strongest roofing materials that are up to the task of protecting your home. In the end, you’ll gain insight into which material may be right for your home and family. 

The 3 Most Durable Roof Styles

You deserve a roof that’s going to last a lifetime. Choosing a durable material ensures your roof can handle whatever Mother Nature has in store.

Here are the three most durable roofing materials:

1. Slate Roofs

A close-up of a slate roof.

A slate roof is made of natural stone cut into shingle pieces. Because of their strong material, they are considered the most durable shingle in the roofing industry. 

Slate shingles can last up to 50-100 years when installed properly.

Slate roofs can even outlast their underlayments. Every 30-40 years, the ice and water barrier and flashing may have to be replaced. But the bright side is that slate tiles are so durable they can be reused, cutting down material costs. 

Slate roofs can withstand high winds, storm damage, and more. But it does have downsides. Repairs can be costly, and installation times are long.

Read “What is a Slate Roof” to learn the six things you should know before buying a slate roof. 

2. Metal Roofs

A combination metal and asphalt roof.

Metal roofs can be found in wide varieties and styles. Whether you choose a standing seam or exposed fastener metal roof, you can count on it to keep your home safe for a long time. 

Metal roofs can last up to 50 years with a strong paint coat and thick gauge. Additionally, buying a hidden fastener (or standing seam) metal roof can maximize lifespan and decrease the risk of leaks. 

If you are in your forever home, love the look of a metal roof, and have the budget for it, it can last the life of your home. You can live the rest of your days peacefully, never having to endure another roof replacement. 

3. Asphalt Shingles

A Wisconsin home with Atlas asphalt shingles installed by Rescue My Roof.

They’re the most popular roofing material for a reason. Asphalt shingles look good on any home and are durable enough to withstand high wind speeds, storms, hail, and more. 

Out of the three asphalt shingle options, dimensional shingles offer the most lifespan for their price. 

At $2-4 per square ft, dimensional shingles can last 20-30 years. 

However, it’s essential to find the best contractor in your area. A contractor certified by a shingle manufacturer and who can provide a portfolio of work must ensure your shingles are installed correctly. 

Do you want to ask the right questions to find the best contractor? Read “The Top 8 Questions to Ask A Roofing Contractor.”  

Picking the Right Shingle Style For Your Home

Buying a new roof can be stressful, but picking a shingle style can be the fun part!

Now that you know your most-durable options, you can go forth and make your home look awesome, knowing it can stand up to the test of time. 

The next thing on the list is finding a great contractor. Read “How Hard is it to Find A Roofing Contractor” to learn the tips and tricks you need. 

You can also download our Buyer’s Guide for a comprehensive guide to buying a new roof. 

Are you looking for a roof replacement in Southern Wisconsin? Look no further; Rescue My Roof has got you covered.

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