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    If you need a roof that will last a long time, factor in durability when choosing one. Some roofing materials are more durable than others, and in this blog, D and M Roofing takes a look at the most durable roofing materials available on the market today.

    Top 4 Most Durable Roofing Materials

    Metal – Metal roofing is fast becoming one of the most popular roofing materials available today. It’s lightweight, it has a longer lifespan compared to typical asphalt roofing shingles and it is exceptionally durable. Metal roofs are made from coated galvanized steel, but other options like copper and aluminum are also available. In addition to the standard standing-seam style, you can choose metal roofs that mimic other materials like wood shakes, slate and tile.

    Dimensional Shingles – Many people are under the impression that asphalt shingles aren’t durable, or at least aren’t on par with the other materials on this list. But roofers offer other types of asphalt shingles in addition to traditional three-tab shingles. Dimensional shingles, also referred to as “architectural” shingles, are twice as thick as their traditional counterparts, and can generally withstand extreme weather. For example, GAF’s dimensional shingles are manufactured with Advanced Protection® Shingle Technology, which are tested to withstand up to 150 mph wind speeds, the equivalent of a Category 4 hurricane.

    Tile – Tile roofing is traditionally made from baked clay, and is one of the longest lasting materials available today, with an expected lifespan of over 100 years. It’s much heavier than typical roofing materials, which improves its wind resistance. Switching to a tile roof can be costly, especially if the existing roof structure needs to be rebuilt or modified to accommodate the additional weight. Concrete tiles are also available; they cost less but aren’t as durable as clay tiles.

    Slate – Slate is another heavy roofing material, made from quarried slate, and can withstand impact from hailstones and airborne debris. Similar to tile, slate can be costlier than most roofing materials, but other more affordable options like GAF TruSlate® are also available. Find affordable roofing, products, and services at