Just looking at the various types can make you dizzy. For starters, homeowners should consider first and foremost which products are appropriate for their home in consideration of the style of the home, weather patterns, property owners association rules, deed restrictions, or a combination. Doing so will narrow down the field substantially making the task easier, albeit with fewer choices.
Also, keep in mind that different materials have different life expectancies, too.
We recently spent time analyzing the pros and cons of metal roofs. Further, slate and ceramic tile can seemingly last forever, but they’re extremely heavy, expensive, and not every home is suitable for them. Asphalt and certain types of wood and treated wood products are the most popular since they not only last a while, but they are affordable in comparison with some other “lifetime” materials. Even asphalt singles, which are the most common have life expectancies from as short as 7-10 years to 25-30 years.
Lastly, you’ll want to think about whether there is any kind of maintenance required to keep shingles in good condition, and if so, what it involves. Buying a new roof should be thought out. How long do you plan to stay in the home? What kind of investment do you want to make? Do you simply want to replace what you have with another cost affordable look alike?