What is the Best Roofing Material for Homes in the Cleveland, Ohio Area?

October 19, 2020


Our roofs here in Northeast Ohio must be able to withstand unpredictable weather, ranging from hot and humid summers to frigid and snowy winters. With so many roofing options on the market today, choosing the best material for your Cleveland, Ohio home can seem daunting. In this article, our experts at Fairview Home Improvement will discuss the top four choices of roof materials for Northeast Ohio homes: asphalt, metal, red cedar shake, and slate. We’ll dive deeper into the pros and cons of each roof type and explain how other factors such as average lifespan, cost, maintenance, architectural style, and homeowner’s insurance should affect your choice of roofing material.


Asphalt Shingle Roofs

Red Asphalt Shingles On A Contemporary Home

LIFESPAN: 20-25 years

COST: $ Very affordable


  • Lightweight and flexible
  • Fiberglass construction prevents tearing
  • Able to withstand harsh weather conditions and change of seasons
  • Provide insulation and can support large amounts of snow buildup
  • Can mimic the appearance of cedar or slate shakes
  • Available in a variety of colors and designs
  • Architectural asphalt shingles are thicker and more durable than three tab asphalt shingles and improve property value
  • Roof repairs are relatively easy


  • Chipped, curled, or dislodged shingles can cause roof leaks
  • Shorter lifespan means that asphalt roofs will eventually need to be replaced
  • Requires routine maintenance


Asphalt Shingles from Fairview Home Improvement

CertainTeed Roofing Landmark® Shingles: Landmark® asphalt shingles consist of a dual-layered design that mimics true wood shake while providing the ultimate protection from the elements. With over 100 years of trusted performance, Landmark® shingles are certified to meet the industry’s toughest manufacturing quality standards and are backed by a 10-year StreakFighter® algae-resistance warranty.


GAF® Roofing Architectural Shingles: Their Timberline HD® series shingles are the #1 selling architectural shingles in North America, featuring: 

  • Diamond cut granules, multifaceted design, and light-reflective construction that add dimension and depth.
  • UV Blocker granules that protect against sunlight and therefore improve the durability and extend the life of the shingles.
  • Color Lock Ceramic Firing granules that preserve the true color of the shingle.
  • Dura Grip adhesive that locks shingles in place on the roof, even during strong, gale-force winds.


IKO Cambridge Architectural Shingles: For homeowners wanting extra durability and protection, select IKO's Cambridge premium architectural shingles. The largest in its class, Cambridge shingles are distinguished by a dimensional shake-like design and are available in a palette of rich, earthy hues.


Metal Roofs

Grey Metal Roof On Contemporary Home

LIFESPAN: 40-70 years

COST: $$ Moderately expensive


  • Long-lasting with little maintenance required
  • Lightweight and incredibly durable
  • Fire-resistant material
  • Offers superior weather protection
  • Can mimic the appearance of tile, wood shake, and slate
  • Available in a number of shades and textures


  • Older metal roofs are susceptible to rust
  • Can get very noisy during hail storms, rain, and hard snowfall
  • Repeated exposure to hail can leave dents
  • Installation requires specialized equipment and an experienced team


Red Cedar Shake or Shingle Roofs

Red Cedar Shingles Seen From Above

LIFESPAN: 15-30 years

COST: $$ Moderately expensive


  • Offers an elegant and rustic look
  • Can be set over another kind of roofing for extra durability
  • Can withstand heavy rain, hail, high winds, and snowstorms
  • Naturally energy-efficient and can provide your home with twice as much insulation as asphalt shingles


  • Presents a greater fire hazard despite the use of fire retardants
  • Susceptible to rot, mold, mildew, lichen, and algae
  • Installation is time-consuming, which increases labor costs
  • Shorter lifespan requires heavier maintenance and more frequent roof replacements


Slate Roofs

Grey Slate Roofing Tiles On A Home

LIFESPAN: 50-125 years for soft slate, 75-200 years for hard slate

COST: $$$ Most expensive


  • Will last for generations when properly installed and maintained
  • Superior fire protection when compared to asphalt and cedar shake roofs
  • Easily sheds ice and snow


  • Material is heavy and only designed for sturdy homes that can support the extra weight
  • The priciest of all roofing materials
  • Repairs are costly


Other Factors to Consider When Choosing a Roof for Your Cleveland, Ohio Home

PRICING: Asphalt shingles are by far the most affordable roofing material, with metal and wood shake roofs being moderately expensive and slate roofs being the priciest of all. You’ll need to decide whether to sacrifice longevity for a cheaper initial cost. A higher quality roof will inevitably translate into a higher sales price, both for the materials and the labor required for installation. If you plan on living in your home for several years or passing it on to your children, then it may be wiser to invest in a roof that offers a longer functional lifespan.

HOUSE ARCHITECTURAL STYLE: Some roofing materials look best on certain styles of house architecture. For example, red cedar shake or shingles beautifully compliment cottages, bungalows, Cape Cod, and Tudor-style houses. Meanwhile, slate roofing is especially attractive on European, French, and Colonial-style homes. Asphalt shingles and metal roofs can be constructed to mimic wood shake or slate as a less expensive alternative.

HOMEOWNERS’ INSURANCE: Most homeowners’ insurance carriers offer discounts on premiums to homeowners who have newer, upgraded roofs because they lower the risk of the homeowner filing claims. Upgrading your roof to safer materials could possibly save you thousands of dollars every year! For example, State Farm offers up to a 35% discount for installing an impact-resistant roof that can withstand damage from hail and other wind-borne objects. Insurance companies also provide larger discounts for the use of non-combustible roofing materials such as metal and concrete, since they significantly reduce the risk of fire. So if you’re eager to lower your homeowner’s insurance bill, then consider opting for a metal or slate roof.

MAINTENANCE: How often you need to perform maintenance tasks and repairs on your roof will also need to be considered. Wood shake roofs tend to require the most maintenance since they’re prone to rot, mold, mildew, and organism growth and therefore have the shortest lifespan of all four of the roofing materials we’ve discussed. While slate roofs last the longest, repairing damages is extremely costly. On the other hand, metal roofs often involve the least effort to keep in good condition, only requiring the occasional maintenance for fixing scratches, removing dents, cleaning the surface, and removing debris. If your priority is choosing a roofing material that requires the least amount of attention, then metal is probably your best option. Here are the average amounts it will cost you to maintain an asphalt, metal, wood shake, or slate roof:

  • Asphalt = $150-$400 for minor repairs and $650-$3,000 for moderate to severe damage, plus $45-$65 per hour for hired labor
  • Metal = $400 for flashing and $45-$75 per hour to repair seams
  • Wood Shake = $650-$1,100 per square of material
  • Slate = $200-$300 per square of material


Choose Fairview Home Improvement as Your Cleveland Roofing Contractor

Fairview Home Improvement’s Cleveland roofing contractors specialize in asphalt shingle installation and repair, using materials from trusted manufacturers such as CertainTeed Roofing, GAF® Roofing, and IKO. If you’ve decided that asphalt shingles are the best roofing material for your home, contact us today to set up a consultation and get a free quote on your home improvement project.

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