Asphalt shingles are the most popular roofing material in North America, and it's not hard to see why. For one thing, they're affordable (and can work with various budgets) for homeowners in Western New York. Big bonus: They come in a wide range of colors and styles—from slate to wood shake—so they'll fit into the aesthetic you're looking to create.
They're also relatively durable and can last anywhere from 15-25 years. That 15-year figure is based on three-tab shingles, the least expensive option. Architectural shingles are more expensive but also last longer than three-tab shingles. Asphalt shingles are also easily installed, repaired, and replaced by professionals. So, when your roof is damaged, you won't have to worry about finding a professional.