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If you are building a new home or you just need to replace your present roof, you need to give some thought to selecting the roofing material that will work best for you. While asphalt shingles are very common, you may want to try a different style. The roofing material you pick will determine how much maintenance your roof requires, whether you have any additional insulation, how long your roof will last, and how much curb appeal your Rochester, MN home projects.

Factors to Consider

Different roofing materials have different weights, looks, and properties. Some roofing materials perform well in the snow we get here in Rochester, while others may be damaged quickly by the humidity. Slate and clay look great with many housing styles, and they withstand fires, but they are very heavy and need special framing. Wood tiles offer a traditional look, but they can split or incur damage over time. Along with your home’s style, you need to consider what you want from your roof. Choosing a durable roofing material will also boost curb appeal and ultimately increase your home’s value.

Roofing Material Options

Asphalt shingles come in a wide range of colors and are pretty dependable. They are panels of fiberglass coated in asphalt to give them more durability. They do not offer any insulation to your roof, but they are great for complicated roof shapes and houses that can’t handle a heavy roof. Slate offers great durability and fire protection, but it is heavy and is only available in a few colors. It also tends to be very pricey. Clay roofs are traditional on many styles of house, but they don’t work well in our colder climate. They’re also heavy and expensive. Metal roofs are an eco-friendly option that also allows you to collect rainwater off your roof. They are fairly durable but also expensive.

You can also find a wide range of synthetic roofing materials that give the look of materials like slate for much less money. The main issue is that it is hard to say how long these newer materials will last in our climate. Rubber and plastic are common materials, but they may not survive for more than a decade against our harsh weather conditions. It is best to ask a professional local roofer to help you pick out the right material for your roof.

Trust the Pros

The roofers on our team at Heyn Brothers Roofing are your local experts. We know how different roofing materials perform in our climate here in southern Minnesota. We can help you find the right roof for your residence and budget. Whether you are building a new home or need to a roof replacement, we can help. Contact us today to start the process of getting the right roofing material to protect your property.

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