Here in the Minneapolis area our homes take a beating from our sometimes severe weather.  In the summer we get hail and thunderstorms with high winds, and in the winter it's bitter cold, ice storms, and massive snow build-up.  So what stands between your home and the climate?  Your home's exterior components, with the most important element being your roof.  That's why choosing the best roof for our weather conditions is so critical.

When it comes time to replace your roof, you've got a number of options.  You could go with another roof like the one you've got, but there is nothing that says you have to.  It just makes sense to evaluate your choices and make your decision based on how each particular roofing material will hold up to conditions here in the Twin Cities.  (You should also factor in your surroundings; for example, those who live in wooded areas need to think in terms of fire resistance.)

Our #1 recommendation to homeowners we talk to about a new roof is a steel or other metal roof, simply because no other roofing stands up to our weather like metal does.  But let's talk about the options you have.

Common Roofing Materials

Asphalt roofing is still the most common type of roof here in the U.S., but metal roofing is gaining in popularity as people are learning about its many advantages.  One thing asphalt roofing has going for it is that it is generally the most economical roofing, which could be a consideration for you if you are tight on funds and aren't planning to stay in your home long.  The major disadvantage of asphalt shingles is that they don't hold up as well or last as long as other roofing options, meaning they will need to be replaced sooner, which will be another major cost.

Although metal roofing is our specialty, we do offer installation of asphalt shingle roofing for those who would prefer that instead.

Wood shake roofing is admired by those who want a natural look.  Genuine wood - when properly treated - does resist water well and does fine with fluctuations in temperature. Wood shake is more expensive than asphalt, and it requires a lot of upkeep; otherwise you'll get rot and insect damage. It's also highly flammable, and if you live in an area where you've got lots of trees around you, your homeowner's insurance company may not want to cover you.  In fact, we did a roof replacement on a St. Croix River home for just that reason.  (The owner chose a metal roof that resembled wood shakes - he got the look he wanted without the drawbacks.) Metal roofing, while being more expensive than asphalt or wood shake, is by far the best performer in terms of standing up to our weather conditions, being virtually maintenance free, and having an extremely long lifespan.  Over time, the initial up-front cost will be offset by avoiding repeated replacements and maintenance.  Plus you may just save on your homeowner's insurance! If you've got questions about the best roof for your home here in the Twin Cities, talk to us.  We are a leading roof replacement contractor for the Minneapolis and St. Paul metro area.