Eventually, asphalt roofing needs to be replaced, and you may not want to replace it with the same materials. There are alternatives to asphalt roofing such as rubber, metal, wood and synthetic materials. Some materials cannot be used because of things like loads and structural designs. If you are planning on replacing your asphalt shingles with a different material, here are some of the options that you may want to choose for your home:    

1. Rubber Roofing Materials For Asphalt Alternatives

There are many different types of rubber roofing products available. These can be synthetic slate roofing or look like conventional asphalt shingles. Rubber roofing is a durable roofing material that will last for many years. It can also be costly to install, but it can outlast many asphalt materials.

2. Metal Roofing Systems For A More Durable Roof

If you want to have a durable alternative to asphalt, metal roofing is a great option. Metal roofing comes in many different styles and can be installed over existing shingles in many situations. This material will vary in price depending on the system you choose. The standing seam products will be the most costly while panels can be a more affordable solution to roof your home.

3. Wood Roofing Materials For A Greener Roofing Solution

Wood roofing shingles and shakes can also be a great solution to replace an asphalt roof. You can get these materials with treatments for fire and water resistance. It is also one of the only roofing materials that you can have installed that is made completely from renewable resources.  This is a great solution if you want to have green improvements for your home.

4. Synthetic Roofing Tiles For An Affordable Asphalt Alternative

Roofing tiles can be heavy and costly to install on your home. Synthetic tiles can give you the option to replace asphalt shingles with a new tile roof. These materials can be made from rubber, metal and plastics. The cost of this roofing will vary in price depending on the material you choose. Metal will be the most costly while plastics will be the most affordable and rubber roofing is in the middle.

These are some of the options you have for alternatives to asphalt shingles when you replace your roof. If you are ready to have a different type of roofing installed on your home, contact a roofing contractor (such as one from Emerald Roofing​) and talk to them about the best products for your home and your budget.