What Are The Best Roofing Shingles in 2020?

Are you in the market for a new roof? Heads up, it can prove to be an overwhelming task navigating all the options on the market, from choosing the right manufacturer to picking the right style and color that fits your home. Luckily for you, our team of experts has comprised a guide to help make those tough decisions easier.

Three major home projects that any homeowner can pursue are kitchen renovations, bathroom remodels, or a roof replacement. All three of these projects directly correlate the quality of materials used and the total cost. With roofing, this typically means a longer-lasting roof. (20, 30, 40, or 50+ years)

And just like any home project, it’s never ideal to go with the cheaper quality materials. That is especially true with a roof replacement. You may save money up-front, but it will cost you dearly in the long run.


What Are the Different Types of Shingles?

There are many different roofing shingles on the market for homeowners to choose from, with asphalt shingles leading the market in colors, styles, and affordability. 

With all the different options available, it’s no surprise that asphalt shingles are the more common roofing material used by homeowners for their complete roof replacement. Even new home builders have started choosing asphalt shingles as their go-to roofing material. 

Roofing material asphalt shingles samples of various colors isolated on white background

Popular Types of Shingles:

  • Asphalt Shingles - The most popular choice among homeowners and developers in the US. Offering homeowners various styles, colors, and textures with an average life span lasts between 15 to 40 years, depending on the quality. Some high-end asphalt shingles can even last half a decade.
  • Slate Shingles - A durable, fireproof, and waterproof product. Offering a natural product offering a unique look because no two pieces are alike. An average lifespan of over 50+ years. 
  • Tile shingles - Generally made from terracotta or slate. They hang in parallel rows, overlapping to keep out rainwater—the high weight and strength of the tile giving them great durability. 

  • Wood Shingles - from natural materials such as cedar and yellow pine. They’re a highly attractive shingle. Typically, they’ll last 25 to 30 years.

  • Metal shingles - metal roofs are becoming increasingly popular. Metal roofs are highly resistant to fire. Also, a metal roof can last well over 75 years.

  • Solar Shingles - Also known as photovoltaic shingles, are solar panels designed to look like and function as conventional roofing materials, such as asphalt shingle or slate, while also producing electricity.

As you go up in the roofing material costs, you gain specific advantages & disadvantages over the other options on the market. For example, slate and tile have a very appealing look with an average lifespan of 100+ years, but because they are made of stone, making slate and tile roofs incredibly heavy, most of the time weighing up to 4x as much as an asphalt roof. A metal roof is light-weight but typically a more considerable up-front cost for homeowners ($100-$150 sqft) compared to other options. Still, if you look at the material’s durability, it could save you on maintenance and a roofing replacement in the long-run. Meanwhile, an asphalt roof may only last around 35 years, but there are many options to mimic the look of slate and tile shingles at a fraction of the price. 

Nevertheless, asphalt shingles are still the most popular roofing material choice among homeowners for the past 50 years because of their variety of styles, textures, and colors to choose from, plus they’re cost-effective, durable, and easy to maintain.

There are many roofing material manufacturers on the market, offering many different shingle products for your roofing needs. Our team of roofing experts comprised some helpful tips that all homeowners can use to narrow down the selection and select the best roofing material for their home that not only looks good but fits their budget as well.


Roofing materials thickness, durability, and cost go hand in hand. The thicker the material, the more durable and expensive it will be. Slate, tile, and wood will be on the thicker end of the scale, resulting in those materials being the more expensive choice. The exception being asphalt shingles, advancements in technology have allowed them to mimic the thickness and durability of a slate or tile shingle but at a much more affordable price. Increasing their overall popularity among homeowners across the nation for the past 20 years. 


A roofing material longevity is something you want to make sure you maximize when you do a roof replacement. The combination of quality materials used and a roofing professional will help do just that. With a roof, it’s never the smart choice to “bargain-basement” shop solely on price when spending a little more can increase the lifespan of your roof by years. No bargain price is worth it if you have to replace your roof again in 8-10 years.

Top Brands

There a handful of shingle manufacturers homeowners can choose from when it comes to their new roof replacement. To help narrow down the selection of “Top” brands, the Consumers Reports assessed asphalt shingles offered by the leading manufactures. They used a handful of industry-standard tests to examine the shingles’ durability against all types of storm-like conditions; their impact resistance to hail, their hold strength against winds up to 125 mph, and the thickest spot on the shingle (where they overlap). Revealing some of the top manufacturers in the nation to be:

A leading independent manufacturer of residential roofing shingles crafted with American pride for more than 75 years.

A market leader in roofing shingles, underlayment, and components products.

Designer, Performance, Architectural, or Traditional. For beautiful protection that’s engineered to last, IKO sets the standard.

They offer just the right combination of beauty, performance, and reliability — and are the best value in roofing today.

With quality standards that lead the industry, you can rest easily knowing CertainTeed has you covered.

Providing premium quality roofing and insulation products for distribution throughout the world.

Choosing the right shingle material is an important decision for homeowners. A decision that should only have to make once or twice in their home’s lifetime. So, make sure you use quality materials and pair them with a quality roofing contractor to ensure your roof’s longevity.

Two shingle manufacturers from the list that stick out among the rest are GAFCertainTeed because of their consistent top-marks received for several categories that homeowners are looking for in an asphalt shingle: Cost, Quality, Styles, Warranties, and Premium features. Pairing either of these two manufacturers with a quality roofing contractor like Robey Roofing, you can expect your new roof to last for the next 30+ years.

CertainTeed has an excellent reputation for having premium roofing materials. Historically, CertainTeed has done just fine selling top-of-the-line shingles, but, over the past 20 years, the competition in the roofing industry has heated up, and CertainTeed has adapted with the recent launch of their signature Landmark Series of cost-effective asphalt shingles. 

And there is GAF, the largest manufacturer of residential roofing shingles in the U.S. who has always offered homeowners various budget-friendly shingles, just as their competitors Owens-Corning, IKO, and similar brands have done. GAF consistently manufactures excellent shingles lines, but it’s GAF’s Camelot series that stands out among the rest with its luxury look that homeowners love at an affordable price.

You can’t go wrong choosing either of these two top manufacturers for your roof replacement material but, choosing the wrong contractor to install them can make these quality materials underperform and significantly shorten the life of your new roof replacement. Make the smart decision and choose Robey Roofing. 



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