What’s the Most Durable Type of Roofing?

Having a roof replacement is a little like buying new tires. You put it off because of the hassle and expense, but eventually it’s just time. If this isn’t your first rodeo, you know the option that costs you the least up front might not be the best choice overall. Items that are well-made, properly installed and backed by an extensive warranty usually end up costing less and providing more user satisfaction in the long run.

The bottom line is, you don’t want to have to start all over a few years from now. When it’s time for a roof replacement, it would be nice if what you bought¬†lasted for as long as you own your home. We get a lot of questions about roofing material longevity, so we want to talk about the most durable roofing types.

slate roofing


Slate is a rock manufacturers slice into layers to form roofing tiles. It’s extremely beautiful and probably the most durable type of roofing you can buy. When you look at historic buildings with slate roofs, some of them have been around for a few hundred years.

Hard slate regularly lasts 200 years. It’s one of the most expensive types of roofing material, but it adds lasting value and aesthetic appeal to your home.

clay tile

Clay Tiles

Mediterranean-style homes in the Tyler and Dallas area often have terra cotta or clay tile roofing material. Clay tile is also an extremely durable type of roofing. Like slate, they add curb appeal to homes with Spanish or Mediterranean design and also look great with stone or brick.

Tiles don’t rot, they’re fire resistant and insects don’t damage them. They hold up well to East Texas temperature swings and need little maintenance. A clay tile roof can last from 75 to 100 years, but is also one of the more expensive choices for roofing material.

metal roofing

Metal Roofing

Steel, aluminum and other metal roofing is another popular choice for its looks and longevity. It’s lighter than slate or clay tile, and it’s quicker to install. It’s noncombustible and reflects heat away from your home. This durable type of roofing can last from 50 to 100 years.

asphalt shingles

High Quality Asphalt Shingles

You don’t have to spend a fortune to install a durable roof on your home. Advantage Roofing installs GAF shingles like Timberline, Grand Sequoia, Grand Canyon and Glenwood that are all made with fiberglass-mesh reinforced asphalt. Depending on what you buy, you get three to five layers fused together for protection.

They’re also impact resistant. Several GAF shingles are UL2218 Class 4 rated. That means when testing officials dropped a 1.25 inch (bigger than most hail) steel ball from a height of 12 feet in the same spot twice, it didn’t make a dent. CertainTeed shingles are also Class 4 rated.

See Your Options in Person

Online photos don’t always give you all the information you need.¬†Before you invest in a new roof, it helps to see the real thing. Why not schedule a free roofing evaluation? When you do, let us know what types of roofing material you might be interested in, and we’ll bring samples to you.