Best Roofing Materials for Severe Weather

If you live in an area that is prone to severe weather such as driving precipitation, snow, or hail you’ll need to make sure you get a roofing material that can endure the storm. With so many choices it’s difficult to know where to start. That’s why we’ve written out this helpful guide to some of the best roofing material choices for areas prone to bad weather.

Best Roofing Materials for Severe Weather

Impact-Resistant Materials

Impact-resistant materials are popular because they have the classic look of an asphalt shingle but with the endurance ability of much stronger materials. The shingles have an added fiberglass insert that makes them thicker, stronger and better able to resist impact from hail and winds. Because this material is so popular there are many style and color options including wood shake and slate imitations.


Slate, to put it simply, are nothing more than stone slabs. This weight and rock hard structure makes it excellent against protecting from severe weather. The weight of the slate means that it can endure the strongest of winds. There are softer and harder slates so their endurance against hail can vary. Most seem to endure hail fairly well and slate’s slick surface doesn’t tend to hold onto snow and ice like other materials. Slate damaged by hail can be tricky to fix. Slate is also non-combustible so it can stand up against wildfires.

Clay or Concrete Tiles

Clay and concrete tiles have many of the same qualities as slate shingles. Their weight lets them endure tough winds and their rigidity is known to stand up against tough impacts. Like slate, clay or concrete tiles can also be pretty tricky to repair, you will need a professional. Like slate, clay and concrete tiles are also very good against any potential wildfires.

Wood Shakes

Wood shakes are also rigid but have more give than slate or concrete tiles which makes them a very good choice against hail. Wood shakes can also take a lot of wind, though not as much as slate or concrete. The downside of wood shakes is that many hail prone areas are often prone to wildfires and wood shakes don’t do too well against fire.

This is just a quick guide to storm resistant materials. The best way to find the right material for your roof is to talk with your local roofing contractor. You two can work together to make sure your roof will weather the next storm.

Matching the Style of Your Home

Finding the right roofing material for your home can be a daunting task. A homeowner will just ask for shingles but then find out there is a variety of those as well. Don’t fear! Roofcorp is here with a quick introduction of the more common roofing materials and which style homes they tend to match up with.

Matching Your Roof to Your Home

Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt shingles are now available in an extremely wide variety of colors. They can come in a uniform cut or an “architectural” style where they are cut in different sizes and shapes to add more character. It is tough to not find a shingle style that can match the style of your home unless you have already decided that asphalt shingles won’t work for you.

Clay and Concrete Tiles

One of the oldest forms of roofing known to man, clay and concrete tiles are still popular today. They still have roots in the style of homes from which they have long been covering. Tiles are an excellent choice for Mission, Spanish and Mediterranean style homes. They are also very popular in the American Southwest on adobe and stucco homes as they match the character very well. You will need to check with your contractor to see if your roofing structure meets the load bearing requirements for clay and concrete tiles.

Wood Shakes and Shingles

A popular style in the Pacific Northwest and here in Colorado, wood shakes are renowned for their rustic character and natural appeal. They flow very well in homes that are mostly constructed of wood or reside in a forest or mountain setting.

Slate Roofing

The style to choose for the most ostentatious of homes. Slate roofing has a striking beauty that is difficult to rival in the roofing world. Slate roofing caps off the look of regal homes and high value property. However slate is the most expensive of the more common roofing materials. Like tiles, the structure will need to meet certain load bearing requirements for slate.

Of course different homes call for different circumstances. If you just can’t figure out what you want, take a look at our products page or contact one of our roofing experts.

Clay & Concrete Tiles

Homeowners that possess an adobe or southwestern style home may only want clay or concrete tiles on their roof. The appearance and color of clay or concrete tiles flows very well with earth toned stucco and other Mediterranean styles. When looking to purchase these materials you will find that there are clay and concrete tiles. These two types of materials look fairly similar but actually have different compositions. So what are the differences between these materials? Roofcorp takes a look at the key composition differences and how they affect the lifetime of your roof.

Clay & Concrete Tiles

Concrete Tiles

Concrete tiles are a made of a mixture of cement, sand and water. They are usually molded in presses and can be fired or simply set. Their components can be mixed in with different dyes to create more color patterns and pressed into a variety of shapes and sizes. Both clay and concrete tiles are noncombustible so they do well against fires.

Advantages of Concrete Over Clay

Concrete tiles are typically cheaper than clay tiles and there is usually a better selection of color patterns to choose for concrete tiles.

Clay Tiles

Clay tiles are one of the oldest forms of roofing known to mankind, with some clay tile roofing dating back over 10,000 years ago. There is a reason that this roofing material has stood the test of time. Clay tiles are composed of natural clay found in the earth. The material is mixed with water until the right consistency is found then pressed into a mold. After this process the tiles are fired in a kiln to make them rock hard.

Advantages of Clay Over Concrete

Clay materials are extremely durable and usually outlast the life of a concrete tile roof. Clay also tends to hold on to its color much longer than concrete because manufacturers tend to use the pigment that was already naturally found in the clay. Clay is less likely to warp and crack in areas where there are extreme weather changes.

If you are still unsure of your choice of materials it is best to contact us today.