If you are doing research on what kind of roofing material to use for your home, you most likely have read about all the benefits of alternative materials. Slate, copper, and metal all have their advantages, but sometimes it is best to stick with the traditional choice of asphalt shingles for the following reasons.


If you are on a budget, you cannot beat the price of asphalt shingles. For a 1,200 square foot roof, asphalt shingles will cost you between $4,000 and $5,000. Just see how that price compares to the following roofing materials

  1. Metal - $9,700-$12,200
  2. Copper - $25,000-$31,000
  3. Slate - $14,500-$18,300

The reason that an asphalt roof is so cheap is because of the cost of materials and installation, with a typical asphalt shingle roof only taking a single day.


No matter what kind of home you have, asphalt shingles will work with the existing design and architecture. This is because asphalt can be made in many different colors. You can even find asphalt shingles that are designed to simulate the look of wood.


While materials like slate are excellent materials if you can afford them, they also add a significant amount of weight to the roof. If you have an older home that was not designed with a slate roof in mind, you may need to reinforce the rafters to support the additional weight.

Asphalt shingles are light, and add very little weight onto a roof. Additional structural support will be one less thing to worry about, and one less thing to pay for, during the installation process.


Alternative materials may claim to last a lifetime, but chances are that you won't need your roof to last that long. Most homeowners only stay in their home for about 13 years. Do you really need to spend top dollar on a roofing material that is going to last for 100 years? Probably not.

Asphalt shingles will last between 15-18 years, which is about as long as you'll stay in your home.


When the time comes to replace your asphalt shingle roof, you can feel good about the materials being recyclable. Asphalt is often used in paving materials, which keeps the shingles out of landfills.

Now that you know some of the benefits of asphalt shingles over alternative roofing materials, you will stick with a material that has been a standard for many years. For more information, contact a local roofer (such as Skywalker Roofing).