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The Toughest Roofs for Harsh Conditions

Dec 30th, 2020 // Drywall Installation and Finishing, Roof Installation, Roof Repair

Your roof is like a suit of armour for your home. It protects you, your family, and everything you hold dear. Provides shelter and warmth and keeps you out of harm’s way—including treacherous weather. But just as a suit of armour made of plastic would be far less effective than one of metal, a roof made of clay tiles is far less protective than one of asphalt when inclement weather strikes. 

If you live in an area where freezing temperatures, blustery winds, hail, hot humidity, or torrential downpours can occur throughout the seasons, it’s important to build or replace your roof with the strongest materials out there. We’ve ranked the top five. 

Asphalt Shingles 

They’re common for a reason. Asphalt shingles are durable, affordable, and provide ample protection from harsh weather, including rain, hail, sleet, snow, and heavy winds. Certain types of asphalt shingles are made with thick base layers that have fiberglass to add extra protection. There are also luxury shingles, which are asphalt shingles made of premium material that is extremely thick and heavy so penetration from the elements is nearly impossible. 

With several types of shingles that exist,  you can ensure your roof can withstand any conditions.


Just the name should indicate how tough these roofs can be. Wind resistant, waterproof (when installed properly), fire resistant, and energy efficient, metal roofs are an easy and effective way to protect your home. Their composition allows them to last longer than most other materials with low maintenance, impact resistance, and they can be recycled. 

Wood Shingles 

Wood shingles provide a variety of benefits and protection to your home. They are sustainable, lasting between30 and 55 years if maintained, they are made of fire-resistant materials for added protection, can handle severe weather, such as hail without damage, and they are fantastic for insulation. 

The only downside is wood is not 100% fireproof, so you may want to add a sealant or coating over shingles to ensure you’re as protected as possible. Additionally, they can be prone to cracking if not installed properly or maintained well. If you care for your wooden shingles and keep up with proper maintenance, you should have a strong, durable roof for many years. 


Slate is the king of roofing materials. It’s strong, durable, fireproof, and will likely last longer than most people will be alive. It can stand up to hail, gales, storms, sun, cold—you name it. However, this level of protection comes at a cost. Slate is one of the most expensive roofing materials you can buy. The plus side is that if you do choose this tough roofing material, it’s low maintenance and easy to install. 

Just be careful when having it shipped and during installation, as slate can crack if not handled properly before it makes it to your roof. 

Plastic Polymer 

This durable material is long lasting and cost effective, which makes it a great choice for a strong roof that you can depend on. What makes polymer even better is that it comes in many colors and styles and can even be made to look like wood or slate, so you can still get classic looks you like at a price that won’t destroy your wallet. Additionally, polymers hold up to heavy storms well. 

Not sure which material will work for your home or budget? Give us a call. We’ll guide you through how to choose the material for your roof and can install it for you.

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