Top 3 Most Durable Roofing Materials

A recent survey showed that 83% of consumers prized longevity when choosing a new roof. The number one priority of 88% of consumers for their residential roofing? Durability. The good news is that these three roofing choices provide both durability and longevity! For example, all three can easily outlast the 20-50 year lifespan of asphalt shingles. Let’s take a look.


Thanks to awesome design advances in the last few years, aluminum roofs can easily be made to look like other more conventionally attractive roofing materials like slate. Aluminum works fine for most structures, as it’s lightweight and can be made in several different colors to match your design preferences. Another interesting feature? Aluminum roofing can often be made from recycled materials, and it’s easily recyclable post-use. As residential roofing material, aluminum can last anywhere from 50 to 100 years.


Very similar benefits to aluminum roofing, but even more long-lasting. Steel is often available from recycled materials or a mix of recycled and new. A steel roof can help with heating and cooling costs, as it absorbs sunlight differently than other materials and often has a thin protective coat of aluminum, which reflects sunlight. Steel roofing can last at least 100 years.


Slate is a naturally produced material known for its beautiful color variation. They may be lightly treated for roofing, but mainly they’re just cut to the right size and shape for tiles. Slate is usually a bit pricier than aluminum or steel options, but it looks beautiful, is usually fairly environmentally friendly, and can last between 100 and 200 years! Its longevity is due to its tough material that’s fire-resistant, insect-resistant, and rot-resistant, unlike wood or asphalt. Be sure to go to professionals when you’re interested in slate roofing, as it is tricky to install and may even be too heavy for some buildings.

Remember to still get regular inspections for your roof about once a year. Even the most durable of roofs can have something go wrong, and neglecting potential issues can cause awful damage to your home and mean unfortunate whole roof replacement of the expensive materials you just invested in. Take the time to hire reputable roofing contractors to get the job done right and keep it maintained. All three of these time-tested and long-lasting options are available for roof installation through Style Roofing Inc. Contact us today for a free quote!