Compare Roofing Materials to Choose the Best for Heavy Storm Activity

Roofing materials vary from home to home, even here on Long Island. We work with homeowners who love the appearance of a tin roof, those who prefer an asphalt shingle roof, and others who prefer other materials. We can use many different roofing materials here on the eastern coast of New York, and we truly enjoy helping people choose the best option for their home. Here are some of the pros and cons we point out to homeowners for a variety of roofing materials:

Asphalt shingles have a lot going for them; they’re relatively low cost, lightweight, and easy to install. Here are more pros and a few cons for asphalt shingles:


  • Typically lasts 30 years
  • Class A fire resistance
  • Available in Class 3 and Class 4 impact resistance (best for regions that experience hail, like here)
  • Wind warranties up to 130 mph (if installed according to manufacturer’s requirements)
  • Relatively easily repaired if you lose a few shingles to a storm


  • Hail damage appears as missing granules
  • Aged shingles aren’t as effective against high winds

Metal roofing includes materials like steel and copper. Many homeowners choose to use copper roofing to accent specific areas like the gables or decorative roofing areas. Here are a few pros and cons for metal roofing:


  • Lasts up to 40 years
  • Relatively lightweight
  • Class A or Class B fire rating


  • Damage often appears as permanent dimples (this includes hail damage as well as damage from falling limbs and flying debris)

Slate roofing is very durable and looks pretty amazing. It’s very high quality, heavy, and more expensive than both metal and asphalt. Here are a few pros and cons for slate roofing:


  • Lasts more than 60 years
  • Natural, eco-friendly material


  • So heavy that some homes aren’t structurally strong enough to hold them
  • Expensive

Other materials that are commonly used include tile, which is available in concrete or clay, and wood shingles or shakes. Many homeowners use wood shakes as decorative roofing for gables or other decorative roofing areas. We have extensive experience using all of these types of roofing materials. Our roofing experts can help you choose the best roofing material for your individual needs and ensure that they are installed to meet the manufacturer’s requirements for warranties.

Long Island is familiar with the destruction that can occur during the storm season. We’ve seen some pretty serious summertime thunderstorms and the occasional hurricane. The crew here at Incredible Home Improvements is dedicated to providing the best roofing experience you can buy. We’ll help you choose the best material for your home’s roofing needs and ensure that it is installed perfectly. Give us a call at 631-608-3375 to discuss your remodeling project and get the ball rolling.

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