When putting a new roofing system on your home, you do need to make sure you choose the right one so that your home is protected. Besides, your roof is a large investment and what you choose you will have to stick with you for as long as you live in your home or until it is time for you to replace your roof.
There are several factors that go into choosing the right roof for your Minnesota home. Those factors are cost, durability, architectural style, and aesthetic appeal. The following roof types take all of these into consideration:
Asphalt shingles – This is the most common type of roofing. Asphalt shingles are especially common on roofs with a steep slope and can use fiberglass or organic materials when secured. Many Minnesota roofing contractors are quite accustomed to installing this type of roofing. As it stands right now, fiberglass-reinforced shingles are dominating the shingle market.
Fiberglass shingles have a fiberglass mat, mineral granules on the shingles, and layers of asphalt on the top and bottom.
Organic shingles are made of a cellulose fiber, such as wood, that is saturated with asphalt and then coated with the mineral granules that asphalt shingles are known for.
Wood shakes and shingles – You will find wood shakes and shingles made out of redwood, cedar, southern pine, and various other woods. They look very appealing. Wood is machine sawn, but shakes are broken up by hand, which gives them a rougher look. There is a concern about the fire risk, but there are what is called “Class A fire ratings” on some wood shingles that you may want to look out for.
Tile Roofing – Tile can be made of concrete or clay. It is very durable and can be made into different shapes and sizes. There are flat styles and different colors and finishes, but it is important to make sure your roof can handle the load because tile is quite heavy. Tile is also expensive.
Slate Roofing – Slate is available in different colors and grades and is virtually indestructible. Its durability is one of the reasons why it is so much more expensive than other types of roofing. The Minnesota roofer that installs it must be very skilled and have experience with slate roofing.
Metal Roofing – Metal roofing was once thought to be best for low-slope roofs, but has been found to be good for steep-slope roofs as well. There are now two types of metal roofing – shingles and panels. The metal shingles are intended to mimic the look of other types of roofing such as shakes, tiles, and shingles. With Class A fire ratings, extreme durability, lightweight construction, and aesthetic appeal, many are turning to metal roofing as their roofing choice.
Synthetic products – There are synthetic forms of wood shingles, shakes, and slate, but the quality is not like the real thing. Not having the same properties may result in premature roof replacement in the future.
So take a look at the different types of roofing and decide which is best for you. You may want to speak to your Minnesota roofing company to see what options are available through them and their prices. Once you have all of the information you need, you can then move forward.