Selecting The Best Roofing Materials In Massachusetts

Metal roofing materials for Massachusetts and New England homes


Helpful Guide For Selecting Roofing Materials In Vermont, New Hampshire and Massachusetts

When it comes time to replace your home’s roof, you have many roofing material options. For your new roof installation, you will want to ensure that you select the right roof for your home. But where to begin? If this is the first time you are replacing your roof or even if you’ve done this a time or two before, it might be difficult to know where to start.

Should you stick with the tried and true traditional asphalt shingles? Maybe you should consider something a little more durable and long-lasting such as metal shingles or slate shingles that are durable and aesthetically appealing. But which of these options provides the most value? Or which option requires the most ongoing maintenance?

These questions can go on and on! So, let’s cut through this noise and get you the answers you need. This handy guide is designed to answer your pressing questions about selecting the right roofing materials.

The Roof You Choose Is An Important Decision

There are over a dozen options when it comes to selecting materials for your roofing installation. But to keep things simple, this guide will focus on the three most popular options used by Massachusetts homeowners — asphalt shingles, metal roofing materials, and slate rooftops. Each of these materials has its benefits and comes with different variations.

Selecting the right roofing material for your home will depend on several factors. You will likely want the best possible roof for your home but keep in mind a lot more goes into the upfront cost for certain roof styles. Asphalt shingles might be cheaper to install, but slate shingles can last a hundred years.

Then it becomes cost vs. longevity while considering overall durability and design.

Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt shingles are by far the most popular and widely used roofing material in Massachusetts and the rest of the United States. And their popularity is no surprise. 


One of the major reasons many homeowners choose to go with asphalt shingles is their relatively cheap upfront cost. So, if cost is an important factor in replacing your roof, then asphalt shingles might be the way to go.

With that being said, asphalt shingles have one of the shortest lifespans for roofing materials, which means you’ll likely need to replace your roof again within the next 20 to 30 years.

Asphalt shingles are also not as durable as other roofing materials and they require more ongoing maintenance. Plus, asphalt shingles are more vulnerable to strong winds, rain, snow, fire, and other elements. 

Metal Roofing Materials

Metal roofing materials are a great choice for homeowners looking for something durable and long-lasting. You can expect a metal roof to last 40 to 100+ years, depending on the type of metal used.

There are several different types of metal roofing materials you can select from, and each type has its benefits. For example, aluminum roofs are one of the longest-lasting and copper rooftops are popular because they greatly enhance the appearance of any home.

Steel roofs are durable and resistant to erosion and cracking, making them a great long-term investment for homeowners. The durability and longevity of metal rooftops do come with a higher price tag. However, they’re resistant to wildfires and other natural elements while remaining low maintenance. 

Slate Roofing Materials

Slate roofing tiles are one of the longest-lasting and heaviest roofing materials you can select. Since slate roofing tiles are made from natural stone, they are one of the most durable materials available. They also highly resist natural elements, including strong winds, storms, and fire. As an added bonus, slate roofs are also highly resistant to hail.

While slate tiles are one of the most expensive roofing materials you can choose, they are well worth the cost. Slate is low maintenance and you can expect your slate roof to last anywhere from 75 to 200 years. This means that a properly installed slate roof will likely be the last roof you will ever need to put on your home.

To Get Your Roof Installation Started Today,
Contact Us At Jancewicz & Son

Have more questions about selecting the right materials for your roofing installation? Or are you ready to move on to the next step? Then call the roofing experts at Jancewicz & Son at 1-800-282-3585 today. We will provide you with an in-depth roofing estimate and answer any questions you might have for your New England home.

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