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Choosing a Roofing Material

If you’re seeking a roofing replacement, you may be feeling overwhelmed with your options. After all, there are a variety of roofing materials to choose from, and it can be hard to know what option will be best for your home.

Showalter Roofing Inc. has over 40 years of experience helping homeowners find long-lasting roofing solutions. We always provide honest recommendations to help you make a decision that will benefit your home and your family.

We’ve put together an outline of the best residential roofing materials to help you make a decision you feel confident in. After learning about the materials we offer, contact our team to schedule your free replacement estimate!

Our Residential Roofing Materials

Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt shingles are a very popular option for residential homes. Shingles make a great roofing material because they’re relatively affordable and can be created in a number of colors and styles to match the exterior of your home. This roofing material will last roughly 20 to 25 years. 

Ceramic Roofing Systems

Ceramic roofing systems are comprised of clay tiles. This roofing material is durable, long-lasting, and highly weather-resistant. Although not all buildings will support the weight of clay roofs, they are a great option for larger homes. Ceramic tiles generally last 60-80 years. 

Slate Roofs

A slate roof is a naturally-sourced roofing system made from slate tiles. This type of roofing material is quite durable and resistant to the elements. Although slate tiles are generally more expensive than other roofing options, these roofs are well worth the price, and they usually last 90 to 100 years.

Metal Roofing

Metal roofing is a common choice for commercial buildings, but it has become more popular for residential homes in recent years.

Metal roofs can be made from a variety of different metals, including steel and copper. This versatility makes metal roofing an excellent choice no matter your budget. On average, metal roofs last about 45 to 50 years.

Flat Roofing

If you live in a building with a flat roof, TPO and silicone coating are two great roofing  options. These materials and durable and energy-efficient, and they can last up to 25 years. 

Wood Shake

Wood shake isn’t as common as other roofing materials, but it can create a stunning appearance for the right home. This roofing material is durable and long-lasting, and it can last anywhere from 35 to 50 years.

Deciding on a roofing material is a major decision, and it will ultimately impact the future of your home. Our roofing experts are happy to walk you through our full selection of roofing materials to help you choose the right roofing solution for your home.

Considering Other Factors

There are a number of important factors to consider when deciding on a roofing material, including: 

Lifespan & Care

How long do you expect your roof to last? Are you willing to give it the maintenance it needs to stay in good condition? Answering these types of questions will help you decide which roofing material will best fit your home and your lifestyle. In general, slate, metal, and ceramic roofing will all provide long-lasting results with a minimal amount of maintenance.

Energy Efficiency

Your roof does more than protect your home from rain, wind, and the cold. It also provides a layer of insulation that reduces the costs of heating and cooling. If you’re interested in installing a green roof to increase the energy efficiency of your house, metal or ceramic will both be great options.


Although durability and efficiency are both important, you shouldn’t overlook your budget. Roof installation is an important investment, but it doesn’t mean that you have to break the bank to get the job done right. If you’re looking to replace your roof on a budget, asphalt shingles will likely be the best choice for you.

Request a Free Roof Replacement Quote

When it comes time to replace your roof, Showalter Roofing Inc. has you covered. We’ve proudly served the Naperville community for over 40 years, earning ourselves the reputation of the most trusted roofing company in Illinois.

Reach out today at (630) 499-7700 to schedule your free roofing estimate!

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Showalter Roofing Services, Inc.

25W048 Ramm Drive, Naperville, IL 60564

(630) 499-7700

Fax: 630-499-7007