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A Look At Some Of The New Roofing Shingle Options For Your Minnesota Home

March 30, 2010

Roofing Shingle Options For Your Minnesota Home

The sky is the limit when it comes to types of roofing shingles, roof styles and materials for designing a distinctive roof for your home.  Traditional asphalt-shingled roofs continue to be the most popular in the United States, but many other new roof styles and types are gaining popularity.  Here are some general tips and factors to consider when deciding what roofing shingles and roof styles will be best for your home:

  • Consider the life-cycle cost of the roofing material you are thinking about: Some roofing shingle materials are very expensive but require less maintenance and have a longer life expectancy than others.  For example, asphalt roofs will generally last 20 years while more pricey roofs, like metal ones, will last about 50 years with low maintenance.
  • Consider the current and potential value of your home and think about how long you plan to stay in your home.
  • Consider your roof’s age when calculating whether certain roofing shingle materials would be too costly of an option.

Asphalt Shingles are currently the most common roofing shingles used in the United States; they come with the most options and choices.  These roofing shingles are relatively inexpensive when compared to other options, but they generally require the most maintenance.

Concrete Roof Tiles have some really fantastic advantages over other types of roofing shingles, such as long warranties and natural noise insulation.  The contemporary finished look of concrete roof tiles makes a trendy, polished statement.

Wood Shingles and Shake Roofing are becoming roofing shingles of the past.  With too many risks, including flammability, these roofs will soon be part of our history.

Eco-Shake Roofing is affordable and great for the environment, plus it lasts long and requires no maintenance.

Rubber Roofing is commonly installed on flat roofs, where water may sit.  Rubber roofs are known for their simple installation.

Metal Roofing is one of the strongest roofing materials available and often comes with a 50-year warranty.  Metal roof styles are vast, so you will have a great selection to choose from.

When it’s time to think about roofing your home, contact a local roofing contractor who can help educate you on the best roofing shingles and roof style choices in your area.

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Basics Of The Five Types Of Roofing Materials

December 8, 2009

Five Major Types Of Roofing

Ever since man decided to have shelter, he has been aware of the roof over his head.  First, it might have been the stone of a cave. Then, over time, he must have decided to improve upon it.  Eventually what we now know as much more advanced technology came along and we now have a variety of materials available to suit the place and condition in which we live.

The materials used for roofing have always been and still are those things which are available easily and serve the purpose.  Today, there are enough roofing materials on the market to suit any taste or budget.

The most popular of the five types of roofing is asphalt shingle, which accounts eight percent of all residential roofing material sold in the United States.

Wooden shingles and shakes are types of roofing, which create a natural rustic look, while tile and slate are types of roofing prized for their fire-resistance, beauty, and longevity.  Metal roofing, which is made in both shingles and sheets, is both lightweight and fire resistant, and can be finished to make it attractive, as well as rust and corrosion resistant.

The Various Types Of Roofing Available

Asphalt Types Of Roofing

While there are many types of roofing available on the market today, Asphalt shingles are the most popular types of roofing surfaces for residential buildings in the United States.  This is because they stand up well against fire, wind, tearing and other key performance indicators. These come in both “standard” (and 3-tab) and “designer” (architectural or multi-layered).  The standard ones have a lightly textured flat surface, while the designer shingles have a highly textured surface.

Wooden Types Of Roofing

Wooden shingles are made from cedar, redwood or southern pine.  They are popular because of their natural look.  These shingles are sawed by machines.

Tile – Clay Or Concrete Types Of Roofing

Tile roofing is made from either clay or concrete.  They are usually used in Mission and Spanish-style round-topped homes that are located in the Southwest as well as in Florida.  These heavy types of roofing are available in a variety of colors and finishes.  Clay tiles have excellent insulation properties and are ideal for maintaining a home’s or building’s interior temperature at a comfortable level.

Slate Types Of Roofing

Slate roofing comes from Vermont, New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia.  There are different colors and grades of this type of roofing, depending upon its origins.  This roofing is considered to be virtually indestructible.  However, it is also more expensive than other types of roofing materials. Its application does requires special skill and experience.  Nevertheless, many old homes, especially in the Northeast, are still protected by this long-lasting roofing material.

Metal Types Of Roofing

Metal is actually a type of low-slope roofing material.  It has been found to be a good roofing alternative for homes and buildings that have steep sloped roofs.  There are actually two types of metal roofing products that you can use.  These are panels and shingles.  A lot of different metal panel shapes and configurations are in existence today.  Metal shingles are typically intended to simulate traditional roof coverings, such as wood.  This is a long lasting type of roofing that is both lightweight and it also is also a lot more resistant to adverse weather and it is also aesthetically pleasing.

Although the roofing material used is very important, proper installation is essential to a long-lasting roof.  When it comes to roofing, unless you have experience and all the proper know-how, this job is best left to roofing professionals. With over 20 years of experience, United Roofing & Remodeling can provide all your residential or commercial roofing needs.

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