Philadelphia weather can be wild during any season. Summer storms swing through with high winds and lashing rain that drench us to the bone. Winter storms bury us under several feet of massive snowdrifts and make our backs ache with endless snow shoveling. 

Our roofs need to handle a lot. 

IC Industrial is the area’s premier roofing contractor. We make sure our customers’ roofs are safe from whatever kind of weather the region throws at us, but what are the best roofing options for our temperamental weather?

In this article, we’ll explore the most common roofing types and give you the pros and cons of each one. We want you to have all the information you need to make the best decision for your next roofing project. If there’s anything you don’t see in this article, call us with any questions, and we’ll be happy to help. 


Asphalt Shingles

The cheapest and most popular choice for roofing is asphalt shingles. When installed right, they’re less expensive than other materials and durable enough to stand even the harshest weather. 

Asphalt shingles use layers of chemically treated asphalt to shed water off your roof. A mixture of mineral granules on their surface reflects heat and ultraviolet light, which can weaken your roof deck and supports. They also come in a wide variety of styles and sizes, but some are better than others.



The cheapest and most straightforward option is three-tab shingles. They’ll last a long time when our skilled crew installs them, but they don’t perform as well in high winds, which get underneath them and can tear them from your roof. Thicker three-tab shingles are sturdier than thinner ones, so make sure you invest in quality instead of economy.



Dimensional shingles are a step above three-tab shingles in both cost and quality. They have a unique three-dimensional look, which adds durability and longevity. They’re more expensive, but last longer, and don’t need as much regular maintenance. 

The additional shingle layer makes them heavier than flat three-tab shingles so that they won’t rip away in high winds. The additional investment is worth it, as are the options you have available. 



Premium shingles are the last type of asphalt shingle. There’s a vast assortment of premium styles to choose from, and they’re similar in quality to dimensional shingles. Premium shingles are expensive but give your home a unique character. 



Consider metal roofing if you’re looking for something different and durable. Made from zinc, copper, steel, or aluminum, metal roofs come in many different styles, shapes, and colors. They’re sturdy and easy to maintain, but they’re also more expensive than most other roofing types. 

Metal roofs are a great option if you don’t want ever to have to replace your roof again. With a fraction of the maintenance, you can have a good-looking roof that you won’t ever have to worry about. It’s perfect for our temperamental seasons and will save you money over the long term.

If you’re having trouble choosing a roofing material for your home, give us a call. Our experienced team can help you pick the best option for your home and get you set up with a free no-obligation consultation.