With so many options available, finding the right materials for your roof can be difficult.

When it comes time to install a new roof on your home, one of the most important decisions you’ll have to make is what kind of roofing material you want to use. There’s no shortage of roofing materials available, and they all have their own pros and cons. What’s right for your neighbor or friend may not be the right option for you, and here at Nationwide Developments, we are dedicated to providing our clients with the right solutions for their needs. That’s why, in our last blog, we went over a few common roofing materials, as well as the pros and cons of each. Keep reading to learn about more common roofing materials.


Slate is one of the oldest roofing materials, but it’s also one of the most sophisticated. Slate is a highly sought after option for upscale homes because it’s beautiful and very elegant. Here are some of the pros and cons of slate roofs.


  • They are incredibly durable.
  • They can last up to 100 years.
  • They are easy to maintain.
  • They are fire, wind and rot resistant.
  • They are available in many different colors and styles.
  • They are environmentally friendly.


  • They are extremely heavy and require a reinforced roofing structure.
  • They are very expensive, and you may need a special roofer to install one.
  • They can be easily broken when stepped on, making roof maintenance more difficult in some cases.

Wood Shingles and Shakes

Wood shingles and shakes have been the premier roofing materials for many homeowners for years. One big reason for the popularity of these roofs is that they have a beautiful, natural look and will weather to a distinct, eye-catching shade of gray. Wood shakes and wood shingles are very similar, except that wood shades are made by hand, whereas, wood shingles are made by a machine. Here are some of the pros and cons of wood shingle or wood shake roofs.


  • They give homes a one-of-a-kind, natural look.
  • They are environmentally friendly and made from natural materials.
  • They provide good wind resistance.


  • They are a fairly expensive option.
  • They provide very poor fire resistance but can be treated with fire retardant.
  • They can last for about 30 years, which is a relatively short lifespan compared to other roofing materials.
  • They require maintenance regularly.
  • They are prohibited in some areas due to fire codes.

Turn to Nationwide Developments for the professional advice and services you need.

When it comes time to replace your roof, don’t just take a guess as to which material you should choose. Do some research so that you’ll have an idea of what you’re looking for. As always, if you need further assistance with finding the right roofing materials, or even replacing your roof, there’s no better company to turn to than Nationwide Developments. We are your go-to roofers near you, and we are always happy to help. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation.