common roofing materials in minnesota

Common Roofing Material Options for Homes in Minnesota

Replacing a roof comes with a ton of options now. Thanks to advances in technology, you don’t have to give up on having a roof that looks stylish to be able to afford it. Roofing materials are made in new ways, giving you a wider variety of choices at better prices.

Do you feel a little overwhelmed by all the possibilities? Elite Remodeling Services can explain each option to you and help you make the best choice for your house, your budget, and your preferred style

What are the different kinds of roofing materials?

While this isn’t an all-inclusive list, the most common types of roofing include:

  1. Asphalt shingles
  2. Clay and slate shingles or tiles
  3. Limestone shingles
  4. Metal
  5. Cedar
  6. Polymer

Each material is suited to specific purposes, depending on the style of the roof and the weather it will be exposed to.

Asphalt shingles

  • Reasonable, easy to source
  • Wide variety of colors and styles
  • Versatile, durable, excellent waterproofing ability
  • Suitable for a wide range of temperatures
  • Easy
  • 30 – 50 years

Slate and Clay Tiles

  • Costly
  • Natural look, available in different colors and styles
  • Fireproof, rot proof, fade-proof and easy to maintain
  • Suitable for a wide range of temperatures
  • Fair
  • >75-100 years

Metal Roofing

  • Costly
  • Modern look
  • Eco-friendly, requires little maintenance, lightweight
  • Suitable for a wide range of temperatures. Fades in sunlight but can be repainted.
  • Hard
  • >50 years

Cedar shingles and shakes

  • Reasonable or costly, depending on the source
  • Natural look
  • Eco-friendly, doesn’t affect water run-off
  • Suitable for a wide range of temperatures with proper care.
  • Fair
  • 30 years

Polymer roofing

  • Costly
  • Modern look
  • Durable, lightweight, waterproof, easy to clean, deters mold and fungi, eco-friendly
  • Suitable for harsh weather and extreme temperatures
  • Fair
  • 50 years

With all the options above, you can easily come up with a material that fits the requirements of your home, climate, style preference, and budget. Every single option ensures you will have a good quality roof that will last you 30 years or more. Make sure to consider the maintenance requirements of your selection as well, so that you can extend your roof’s lifespan even longer.

Flat roofs

If your house has a flat roof, keep in mind that replacing it may not be as cheap as you thought, because it requires more maintenance. While the benefits of a flat roof mean it’s not so easy to fall off, you will likely spend more money on frequent coatings, regular cleaning of build-up to avoid leaks, gutter cleaning and checking. The amount of work to keep a flat roof in good shape may prompt you to consider replacing your roof with a different style as well as materials that are easier to maintain.

If you would like to discuss which roofing materials would be best for your roof replacement, contact Elite Remodeling Services at (952) 646-2480. We are based in Minnesota and serve the South Metro Area. We offer free inspections and estimates on materials and installation.

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