Choosing the roof for your home has more importance than you might think. Every roof type has different pros and cons that you should pay attention to. The roof, after all, is your home’s first line of defense against harsh weather elements. Two of the more popular roof types for homeowners in the St. Paul area are metal and shingle roofing systems. So how do you choose between the two? Here is a basic breakdown of each roof type to help you make a more informed decision.

Shingle Roofs

history2Shingle roofs are one of the more traditional roofing options that you can choose. There are a number of different types of shingles to choose from, but the most common option tends to be asphalt. There are two types of asphalt shingle to choose from, organic or fiberglass. Fiberglass tends to be more resistant to fire, but is also more costly. Asphalt shingles will last at least twenty years as long as it is properly maintained. Shingles may need to be replaced one at a time if signs of damage are discovered. They can also be susceptible to dramatic shifts in temperature, which can cause warping as well as other damages. It is wise to invest in high quality shingles because thicker and heavier the shingles are, the longer they tend to last. One of the cons of installing asphalt shingles onto your home is that they absorb a lot of heat. This makes them a less energy efficient option as far as roofing types go, although new technological advances from shingle manufacturers have given rise to Energy Star rated shingles options.

Metal Roofs

Metal roofs have only recently begun to gain popularity among residential areas. In the past they were mostly used for warehouses. This is because metal roof types provide a number of advantages over other roof types. First of all, because they are metal they are incredibly durable and won’t be easily damaged. They will also last a long time. One of the issues of choosing metal roofing is the cost – the cost of a metal roof can be anywhere from twice to three times as much as using asphalt shingles. However, metal roofs are much more energy efficient. This is because metal reflects heat, which means that you’ll be saving a decent amount of money over the long run on your energy bills.

Keep these pros and cons in mind when deciding between an asphalt shingle roof and a metal roof for your home. And don’t hesitate to contact a Midwest Plus Exteriors consultant to discuss your roof replacement options. We can answer your questions and help you discover the best solution for your home.