How To Choose Between Slate And Asphalt Shingles

When you are installing shingles on the roof of your new home, there are many types of shingles to choose from. Two common shingles that are chosen by many homeowners are asphalt and slate. The best option for your home is based on the type of home you are constructing, your budget, and whether you would rather save money in the short run or the long run.

The Cost

Asphalt shingles are most often chosen because they cost less money than other types of shingles. This is both because the materials are less expensive and because the asphalt shingles are easier to install. They do not require as much expertise as a slate shingle.

While asphalt shingles might not be as expensive, they will not last as long as slate tiles. Therefore, the fact that you will have to replace them 20 years from now will make them more expensive overall. Still, slate shingles tend to be used most often for high-end homes, and asphalt is most often used for more affordable homes.


While asphalt shingles are most often made out of lightweight materials, they are more likely to become damaged during adverse weather conditions. Also, the shingles should be repaired quickly or the others are likely to become damaged.

Conversely, slate is one of the most durable roofing materials. Slate is often chosen in areas that are prone to fires because it is more fire-resistant. It is also better able to resist moisture penetration and is less likely to have problems with algae. 


Asphalt shingles are more suitable for homes that are not capable of supporting heavy weight because they are substantially lighter than slate. Your roof might need to be upgraded if you would like to install slate instead of asphalt which adds to the cost of slate. However, if your home is already able to support the weight, slate will not be more expensive.


While beauty is in the eye of the beholder, slate roofs are typically considered to be more beautiful than asphalt roofs because they are more classic and rustic. By being more expensive, slate will also improve the value of your home and will cause others to perceive your home as being much more valuable. However, while these are general factors to keep in mind, you are best off consulting with a shingle roofing contractor about which type is the best. For more information, contact a company like Alliance Exteriors.