What Roofing Material Is Best For Your Home

Asphalt, metal, or something different altogether. Which roofing material is best for you?

In Northbrook, you have no shortage of options when it comes to roofing materials for your replacement roof. You can stick to something traditional, like asphalt shingles, something that makes a statement like slate, or the modern look of metal roofing. And at Best-4-U Roofing, we’re committed to ensuring the choice is yours. We carry top products in a variety of roofing materials, and we’ll never pressure you to choose one over another. It all comes down to your budget, your home value, and your aesthetic preferences.

But which roofing material IS best for your Northbrook home? Let’s break down the differences.

Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt shingles remain the most common type of roofing material. It’s relatively inexpensive, made with shingles of asphalt and paper mat, coated with mineral granules for extra durability. They’re versatile enough to be used on steeply sloped roofs as well as low slopes. Though they’re not considered the most eco-friendly material, because of the petroleum used in production, asphalt shingles can be recycled if that’s something that’s important. Chances are most of the roofs in your neighborhood have asphalt shingles, so uniformity might be another potential benefit to this type of roof.


Metal roofing, however, is becoming more and more popular. While it may once have been considered clunky looking, roofing manufacturers have made great strides to make metal roofing look as sleek as it is efficient. It can be made with recycled metal, and it absorbs less heat than asphalt shingles, so it appeals to the eco-friendly homeowners in Northbrook. Like asphalt, metal roofing suits low and sloped roofs best. It is usually made in sheets, though it can be made with shingles to fit a desired aesthetic. The cost of metal roofing depends on the type of metal used. It is more expensive than asphalt shingles, but is also more durable.


Slate provides a more authentic elegance. It comes from shingles made of natural slate, so it’s one of the most eco-friendly options and incredibly durable. It also fits in well with a street full of asphalt shingle roofs, while still having its own stately look. Slate is a heavy material, so it works best on steeply sloped roofs. It’s also considerably more expensive, and it can be more difficult to install — but with a team of experts to help with the installation, you’ll hardly notice.


Tile roofing is mainly an aesthetic distinction. It refers to roofing made up of convex tiles that give off a more Mediterranean appearance. Tiles can be made of a variety of materials. Most commonly, they’re made with clay and concrete, but in the cooler climate of Northbrook, Illinois, concrete tile can be prone to issues like freezing and breakage. That’s why synthetic rubber tiles made to look like clay and concrete tiles are a much more popular option in our climate. They allow you to have the elegance of a Southern roof even in a chilly Midwestern climate.

Wood Shakes

This is another option for homeowners looking for all-natural materials. Wood shake roofing from Best-4-U Roofing is made with cedar shingles for a look that’s timeless and natural. If you have a historic home and want to keep some of its charm, this could be the roofing material for you. It does require more maintenance in order to stand up to the elements than other options, and it’s less expensive than slate roofing and certain types of metal roofing like copper. It can be protected with a fire retardant or a rot resistant wood in order to optimize its durability.


If you’re looking for a roof that’s quick to build and easy to install, look no further than a flat roof. Though they’ve been used for decades as commercial roofs, a flat residential roof can offer a minimalist, modern look that’s more and more popular by today’s standards. When installing a flat roof, you want to be sure to choose a material that’s less prone to leaking, as this can be a key problem for flat roofs. At Best-4-U Roofing, we offer bitumen and single-ply roofing membranes, as well as insulation and build-up, all of which can offer the benefits of a flat roof while protecting against leaks.

But which roofing material is best for your Northbrook home? That’s up to you. Contact Best-4-U Roofing today for more information about each kind of roofing or for a free quote.