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Friday 7 March 2014

MN Roofing Tips: Commonly Used Roofing Materials and Their Lifespan

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02feb24a1a14Did your roof get hit hard this past winter?  If it's time for a new MN roof, it's time to do your homework.  It is always a good idea to do your research before you replace your roof. You want a roof that is going to last a long time and one that doesn't require you to do a lot of different things to it. Some roofs are more durable than others and provide you with different things but you will not know these differences unless you do the necessary research to find out more about what they have to offer. Factors Affecting Roofing Longevity The material that the roof is made out of makes up how long it is going to last. There are other factors that can wither the material down as well that should be considered such as sun and wind exposure as well as the slope of the roof. You also need to ensure that maintenance is kept up on and fixes are done as soon as possible.  Also affecting roofing wear are underlying factors such as attic insulation and ventilation, functioning gutters, and ice dam development.  All of these can affect how long a roof will last, regardless of the material. Popular Roof Materials and Lifespans You should not base the decision to get the roof that you want off of the lifespan that it gives, but rather look at a number of different aspects to help you make the right decision.
  • Asphalt Shingles – This is the most popular roofing material throughout the US. It is able to last 15 to 30 years. Depending on the climate that you live in, the shingles can last longer or shorter but they definitely will not last forever.
  • Composite – These shingles are usually made from asphalt but can also be found in fiberglass. They are a more eco-friendly option than regular asphalt shingles since they are made from recycled material. They do not last very long but require little to no maintenance. They can last 20 years, except in places where high winds are normal.
  • Metal – This includes steel, copper, and other metals.  Metal roofs have grown in popularity throughout the past couple of years and have extremely long life spans.  They can enhance the energy savings within the home. They are resistant to rot, insects and fire. You do not need to do much maintenance.
  • Tile – Tile is a popular roofing choice for high-end homes, especially those with Mediterranean or European design. They are able to last a long time, usually around 100 years. They can be heavy as well, which might do damage to the structure. Tiles are fragile, especially in Minneapolis' somewhat harsh climate.  That means more repair as well more maintenance.
  • Slate – With the right upkeep, slate roofs are able to last 45 to 75 different years. Like tile, slate is also heavy and requires extra support; it can be easy to break as well so maintenance is essential. Slate roofing should be inspected regularly for wear and tear.
  • Fiberglass – These roofs provide versatility and style. You're able to achieve the perfect look by using the panels and sheets that this comes in. Fiberglass roofing is also durable since it is shatterproof and resistant to rot, mildew and rust. This type of roof should last 30 years or so.
  • Rubber – This is not a usual residential roofing material but it can actually be beneficial in some areas (especially flat roofs). It is environmentally friendly since it is recyclable and provide energy saving benefits as well. They are leak proof because there are no seams and can last up to 40 years. They are flexible and lightweight and come in different designs and colors.  Rubber residential roofing is an emerging technology, so you may not find many MN roofing contractors who are familiar with it.
What kind of roof is the best for your home and the climate we experience here in the Twin Cities?  It's not an easy answer, because as you can see, there are a number of factors to consider.  But if your goal is to have a long-lasting roof installed on your home, give us a call.  As a professional roofing contractor in St. Paul, MN we can help you evaluate your options and make a wise choice for you and your home. Here at Quarve, we are able to help you get the type of roof you need. We provide asphalt roofing from CertainTeed and GAF/Elk as well as metal roofing options that are high quality and will protect your home for the life of it.  Give us a call at 763-785-1472763-785-1472 for a free consultation.