Popular Roofing Materials

3 Most Popular Roofing Materials in New England 

New England is a truly unique area. With harsh winters, sea salt in the air, thunderstorms, and hot summer temperatures, you really experience many of the weather elements in one place! These varying weather conditions make it absolutely essential for homes in New England to have a strong exterior. A good home exterior begins with a high-quality roof. Let’s learn more about the 3 most popular roofing materials that homeowners choose to protect their home in the New England area! 


Asphalt shingles are what most people think of when they picture a traditional roof. They’re by far the most popular roofing material not just in New England but across the entire country! Their popularity can be attributed to a few factors. Asphalt shingles are the most affordable roofing material. Since most homeowners don’t have money just lying around to spend on a new roof, finding an affordable material is important. Both the cost of the shingles and their installation is affordable. The installation process is quick, easy, and doesn’t require any special tools. Asphalt shingles typically last 20 to 25 years for New England homes. 


Metal roofs seem to gain popularity for a period of time before the buzz around them dies down, but it’s only a matter of time before they’re all the rage again. Metal roofing is a popular choice because it can last 50 years or more! Homeowners love the longevity and low-maintenance design of a metal roof. The cost is higher than an asphalt roof, but it’s well worth it if you have the money to spend! Metal roofs are more difficult to install, but it’s a job that any good roofing contractor will have no trouble with. Your metal roof can be customized in a variety of colors to mimic other roofing materials too! 

Composite Slate 

Composite slate roofing is the modern answer to the complaints that came along with traditional slate roofing. By far the biggest issue with traditional slate roofing is its weight. Many homes aren’t able to handle the weight of a slate roof without reinforcements and the installation process is pricey to say the least. Composite slate brings the beauty of slate in a much lighter package! Your home should be able to handle the weight without reinforcements and the easier installation will lower the total price. Composite slate roofs last at least 50 years, but they can last even longer with the right maintenance! 

Contact Sunrise Exterior Inc today to schedule a roofing consultation for your New England home! Our team of experienced roofing contractors can assist in everything from minor repairs to total roof replacements and annual roof inspections. 

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