With a concern for the environment, more and more homeowners around the Twin Cities, as well as the rest of Minnesota, are leaning toward more natural looks for the exterior of their homes. Earth tones are very popular in siding colors, and wood shake roofing appeals to many. But we believe that the steel roofing materials we install are a far better choice. photo courtesy of Kassel & Irons
Why Steel Shakes Are Better Than Wood for Roofs in MinnesotaMetal roofing has so many advantages to other traditional roofing such as asphalt shingles, and even cedar or other wood shakes. Here are just a few that are particularly pertinent if you're considering wood shake roofing. Just take a look at the home shown at right. The owners wisely chose steel shake roofing for their home that is nestled among the trees. It looks right at home in such a natural setting, and you have to look very closely to see that the roof is metal, not wood.
- Wood shakes are flammable; they can be treated to resist combustion, but they will burn. Metal roofing is incredibly fire-resistant, so much so that many homeowners' insurance companies offer their customers discounts for metal roofing.
- Genuine wood shake roofing requires quite a bit of maintenance; metal roofing needs virtually none.
- Wood shake roofing will fade over time; metal roofing maintains its color for decades.