Roofing Solutions: A Look at Durable Roofing Materials


Image of slate, a durable roofing materialHow long will it last?

This is one of the first questions customers ask when looking for the best material for their new roof – and for good reason. The more durable your roofing system, the more money you’ll save.

You’ll also have peace of mind, knowing that your roof will be able to withstand harsh weather and storms for years (make that decades) to come.

Rating the Durability of Roofing Materials

Ready for a roof that can stand the test of time? Here’s our top five picks for the longest lasting, most durable roofs for homeowners. 


If you’re looking for an extremely durable roofing material that will stand the test of time, look no further than asphalt. Easy to install and perfect for homeowners on a budget, asphalt roofing can stand up to rain, wind and snow. It’s difficult to damage and easy to install, maintain and repair.

Wood shake

Don’t confuse wood shake shingles with wood shingles. Wood shake is hand cut, so it’s thicker and much more solid than wood. Wood shake shingles can last for decades and are wind and water resistant. They also provide excellent insulation for your home.


Slate is one of the most durable, long-lasting roofing materials out there. It’s also extremely versatile as slate tiles come in a variety of sizes and colors. Slate roofs are fire and water resistant, and they are incredibly resilient to wind, storms and harsh weather.

They need very little maintenance and can last decades. And did we mention they’re gorgeous? Slate roofing is a great investment if you’re looking for a durable roof that will add curb appeal to your home. 


Metal roofing is becoming more popular with homeowners and for good reason (actually, make that many reasons). Metal roofs are wind and fire resistant, and they won’t get damaged In wind or hailstorms, or from rain and snow. They’re also energy efficient and eco-friendly. Additionally, they’re extremely long lasting and easy to install.


Clay roofing is as stunning as it is durable. In fact, many clay roofs last nearly 100 years! They’re available in a wide variety of colors and styles and are energy efficient as well. It’s important to note, however, that while clay roofs are exceptionally durable, they need to be installed by a professional with experience working with tile and they require a great gutter system for optimal proper drainage.

Ready for a new roof?

Ready for a durable roof that will last for decades? Contact a CertainTeed professional. We can help you choose the very best roofing material that’s affordable, easy to maintain and will enhance the look of your home.

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