As the weather in the Twin Cities gradually gets warmer, it’s time to gear up for roofing season. If you’re building a new home or you’re in the market for a roof replacement this year, you should know which types of shingles are best suited to your needs and design goals.

While picking out shingles might seem like a pretty straightforward task, that’s not always the case. Different materials offer different benefits, but they also come with their share of potential drawbacks.

To help you in your decision-making process, the team at Keyprime Roofing shares the pros and cons of two of the most popular types of shingles on the market. 

Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt shingles have held the top spot on the list of most popular roofing materials throughout the last century. And there’s a good reason why: They’re versatile, easy to install, and they offer plenty of protection. Should you opt for this historically popular shingle, you’ll enjoy the following benefits:

●        Plenty of design choices. Today’s asphalt shingles are available in a wide variety of colors, shapes, and styles to complement virtually any exterior design or architectural style.

●        Affordable roof construction. Of all roofing materials on the market, asphalt shingles are the most affordable. If you’re sticking to a tight budget on your upcoming roofing project, opting for asphalt is probably your best choice.

●        Fire resistance. Most asphalt shingles have a Class-A fire rating, which means they’ll help reduce flame spread in the event of a house fire.  

●        Years of durability. Modern asphalt shingles have a variety of features to help them withstand environmental conditions. Many have specialty coatings to help prevent algae and moss development, and some also offer impressive impact resistance to reduce the risk of damage during severe weather.

But asphalt shingles’ long-standing popularity doesn’t necessarily mean they’re the best choice for every homeowner. As you consider your shingle options, keep these potential drawbacks in mind:

●        Low temperature resistance. Extremely warm and cold temperatures can cause asphalt shingles to break down faster than other roofing materials. Freezing temperatures can cause brittleness, which makes the shingles vulnerable to cracking. High temperatures can heat and soften the asphalt and when it cools, it will harden. When this process occurs repeatedly, the shingles can crack or break completely.

●        Potential for lifting. When extreme winds roll through town, they can cause asphalt shingles to lift right off your roof. Because of their shape and the way they’re installed, wind can get beneath the edge of the shingles and blow them away.

●        Vulnerability to rot. Lower-quality asphalt shingles may be susceptible to algae, lichen, and rot because they don’t have a protective coating to prevent the growth of organic materials. These growths can trap moisture against the surface of the roof, which can lead to roof rot if it’s not taken care of.

●        Lifespan. On average, asphalt shingles last about 20 years, which means they’re definitely not the longest-lasting shingle on the market.

Cedar Shake Shingles

If you’re going for charm, cedar shake shingles deliver. This roofing material is one of the most aesthetically pleasing options on the market and it also offers plenty of design versatility. As you consider roofing materials, think about the following advantages of cedar shake shingles:

●        Energy efficiency. Cedar shake shingles provide about twice the insulating capacity of asphalt shingles. If you’re looking to reduce your household energy consumption, these shingles can help you do it.

●        Durability. The average cedar shake roof lasts about 30 years. Compared to the average lifespan of asphalt roofing, that’s a substantial increase. 

●        Weather resistance. During manufacturing, cedar shake shingles receive a specialty coating designed to resist moisture, mold, mildew, UV radiation, and fire. They also offer impressive wind resistance.

●        Warp resistance. Many wood building materials are susceptible to warping or shrinkage when they’re exposed to prolonged moisture. Cedar shake shingles aren’t one of them. Since these shingles are constructed from low-density materials and feature special protective coatings, they retain their original shape over time.

Despite their charming visual appeal and durability, these shingles aren’t without their fair share of potential drawbacks. In your hunt for the best roofing material for your Twin Cities home, consider the following disadvantages of cedar shake shingles:

●        They need sun exposure. Any building material made out of wood needs to breathe, and cedar shake shingles are no exception. Even with their special coating, these shingles need regular sun exposure so moisture can evaporate off the roof. If your property is super shady with plenty of large, overhanging trees, cedar shake may not be your best option.

●        Special maintenance needs. Cedar needs to breathe, which means it needs plenty of airflow. That means you’ll need to clear debris from your roof regularly to ensure moisture doesn’t sit against the shingles for prolonged periods. You’ll also have to clean your gutters and downspouts regularly to ensure moisture doesn’t accumulate near the edge of your roof. 

●        Pricier than asphalt. Cedar shake shingles are on the higher end of the roofing material spectrum, which means you’ll pay more for them than basic materials like asphalt. Cedar shake shingles that feature added treatments to improve weather resistance will also be more expensive than those without. In some cases, special installation techniques are also required, which typically drives up the cost of constructing the new roof.

Ready to Discuss Roofing Options for Your Twin Cities Home?

If you’re in the market for a new roof on your Twin Cities home, get in touch with our team at Keyprime Roofing. Our highly experienced roofing contractors specialize in creating cost-effective, high-quality, and lasting home renovations and we strive to deliver an unmatched customer experience.

To learn more about our services, give us a call today at 952-426-0132 or request a free quote. Have questions? Feel free to send a message and we’ll be in touch promptly.