A new roof is a substantial investment in the value and appeal of your home. To ensure you get the most durability, longevity, and appeal for your money, selecting the most appropriate material is critical. With such a vast array of roofing products available on the market today, choosing the most fitting option can often be confusing. At Keyprime Roofing, we’re dedicated to delivering top-notch value in all that we do, and that’s why we’re here to make your selection process as uncomplicated as possible. Today, we discuss a few of the most popular roofing options and what to consider when narrowing down your list.

First Up: Your Roof Checklist

Too many homeowners attempt to base their roof selection purely on aesthetic appeal. While having a nice-looking roof is great for curb appeal, certain materials may not be appropriate for your unique situation. Before you begin considering which roofing materials will best suit your home, you need to ask yourself a few questions:

●        What is the pitch of my roof? Which materials are most appropriate?

●        How long do the materials last?

●        Does my neighborhood have a building code that requires specific materials?

●        Will the frame support the weight of the materials?

●        Are the materials appropriate for my geographical location and climate?

●        What is my budget?

The type of roof you ultimately choose depends on several factors beyond a cohesive visual design. Asking yourself these questions prior to making a selection can save you substantial roof repair costs in the future. Once you’ve landed on a materials list that is appropriate for your home’s existing design, structural capacity, location, and budget, it’s time to narrow down your choices.

Asphalt Shingles

Perhaps the most popular of all roofing materials, asphalt shingles have earned their long-standing reputation for longevity and aesthetic appeal. This type of shingle comes in a few different varieties:

●        3-tab. The most basic and inexpensive asphalt shingle, 3-tab shingles feature a waterproof, fiberglass mat covered in asphalt and tiny ceramic granules. The ceramic grains function to reflect UV rays and heat away from the roof. These shingles have long been popular due to their versatility, and relatively low cost.

●        Laminate. Also known as a dimensional or architectural shingle, this type consists of at least two shingle layers, making it substantially more durable than its 3-tab counterpart. Along with greater durability comes greater cost; however, laminate shingles tend to last several years longer and typically offer a more comprehensive warranty.

●        Luxury. The best of the best when it comes to asphalt shingles, the luxury variety boasts the most aesthetic appeal and durability. Along with its snazzier appearance and greater longevity comes a much higher price tag, too. This particular variety features an appearance much the same as cedar shake or slate shingles, but still costs less than higher-end roofing materials.

Asphalt shingles are a suitable option for roofs with pitches of at least 2:12. They are available in a variety of colors and sizes to complement the design of almost any home. If you’re looking for a cost-effective, durable, and long-lasting roofing material, asphalt shingles are a great option, provided your neighborhood allows them.

Cedar Shake

Cedar shake roofing offers an appealing natural aesthetic combined with the durability and longevity required to withstand Minnesota’s harsh winters. Cedar is a notoriously tough wood, well-matched to the outside elements and capable of resisting warpage and shrinkage. At Keyprime Roofing, our factory-treated cedar shake resists moisture, UV rays, flame, mold, and mildew. 

If you’re considering cedar shake as your roofing material of choice, your roof needs to have a pitch of at least 4:12. Cedar is more suited to roofs with steeper pitches because even though cedar is durable, wood materials are more prone to leakage on roofs with gradual slopes. If your roof has a very steep pitch—12:12 or higher—cedar shake can last several decades since moisture will readily migrate downward due to the roof’s steep slope.

Metal Roofing

If you’re searching for incredible longevity in your roofing material, then metal roofing is a superb choice. A typical metal roof can last anywhere from 50-80 years—nearly three times longer than the average asphalt roof. Along with longevity, metal roofs offer impressive durability. Well-matched to severe weather, metal roofing can withstand wind speeds of up to 140 miles per hour and resists lightning, falling objects, and fire.

If its incredible weather resistance isn’t impressive enough, metal roofing is also corrosion-resistant, impervious to rot, and will not chip or crack. Virtually no other roofing material boasts the combination of durability and longevity that metal roofing offers, making it an increasingly popular choice among homeowners. Plus, metal roofing offers homeowners impressive energy cost savings due to its ability to reflect, rather than absorb, the sun’s heat.

Unlike other roofing materials, metal roofing is well-suited to low-slope roofs. It is safe to install on pitches as low as ¼:12; however, location and climate play a role in whether metal roofing may be appropriate for extremely low-slope pitches. In general, lower-slope roofs have a higher propensity for leakage, so if you live in an area with high precipitation, special watertight seaming may be necessary.

Which Material is Best For Your Home?

With such a variety of roofing materials, how do you know which one to choose? Start by eliminating roofing materials that are poorly suited to your roof's slope. Once you’ve narrowed down your list according to roof pitch, narrow it further by considering the climate in which you live. If you reside in an area with abundant precipitation, choose materials with durable seaming designed to handle moisture. Conversely, if your climate is hot and arid, select materials designed to withstand harsh UV rays and keep your home cool. Because climate plays a leading role in the life of your roof, your locale should be one of the greatest determiners of the type of roofing you ultimately choose.

After you’ve culled unsuitable roofing materials from your list, it’s finally time to take aesthetics into account! Asphalt, wood, and metal roofing materials are available in a wide range of colors, sizes, and styles designed to enhance the visual appeal of any home. With the incredible variety available in the roofing market today, you should have no trouble finding the design that meets your needs.

Professional Roof Contractors in Minneapolis, MN

At Keyprime Roofing, we pride ourselves on outstanding customer service, quality workmanship, reliability, and efficiency. We know that a new roof is a large investment, and we’re here to provide high-quality, cost-effective roofing solutions for homeowners throughout the Twin Cities metro area. Whether you’re looking to replace your existing roof, have a new home under construction, or just need a roof repair, our knowledgeable and experienced team is here to serve you. Wan to learn more? Give us a call today at 952.426.0132, or contact us to schedule your consultation appointment!