When it’s finally time to replace your roof, whether due to old age or storm damage, there’s many options to consider for materials. Currently, asphalt shingles are the most popular material in the U.S., but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the best option for your home. There’s a lot to consider when comparing materials such as your budget, your home exterior style, and climate. We’ve put together a pros and cons list of the top three roofing choices to help you choose: 

Asphalt Shingles

Pros:

  • They are the most affordable roofing material option.
  • This material offers a variety of colors and styles so you can better customize your home’s exterior design.
  • They are one of the easiest materials to install, which means they can often be completed in one day.

Cons:

  • They can have manufacturing defects that are undetectable until they start causing issues.
  • They can crack in extreme temperature fluctuations.
  • Their color can fade quicker depending on weather conditions.

Cedar Shakes

Pros:

  • They are an eco-friendlier option that can eventually be recycled or used for compost.
  • Their naturally beautiful color will age nicely to a darker grayish or brown tone.
  • Their thicker design makes them more durable to severe storms, and that also means they typically last about 10 years longer than asphalt.

Cons:

  • As an organic material, they are more prone to mold, rotting, mildew, etc.
  • Cost of materials, installation, and maintenance will be more than asphalt overall; plus, some roofing contractors do not have the expertise to install wood shakes.
  • They are a potential fire risk in more wildfire-prone climates or during an especially dry summer spell.

Metal Roofing

Pros:

  • They’re durable, lightweight, and weather-resistant, so they typically last longer than wood or asphalt.
  • They’re considered a Class A fire rating material, which means they are the most resistant to the threat of fire.
  • They reflect the sun’s heat, so homeowners could save money on air conditioning in the summer.

Cons:

  • They are the most expensive option between asphalt and wood.
  • The sound of rain or hail will be noisier on a metal roof compared to the other materials, which are better at absorbing sound.
  • They will expand and contract in extreme weather fluctuations, so they need to be properly installed with fasteners. Make sure your roofing contractor has experience with that kind of installation.

Timberline Roofing has the expertise to install all of these roofing options at a competitive price. Give us a call if you are in Minneapolis, North Oaks, Edina, Eden Prairie, Medina, Minnetonka, White Bear Lake, Shoreview, Blaine, Austin, Rochester, or Mankato, MN area and want to start your consultation.