The Different Types of Roofing Materials

May 20, 2020


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May 20, 2020


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There are many different types of roofing materials to use when installing a new roof. Check out more information about some of the most popular types of roofing materials. Learn more about their advantages and where they may fall short.




Asphalt shingles are one of the most commonly used roofing materials. They are able to withstand most weather conditions. They are versatile and work in many different climates, making them a popular choice among homeowners all over the country. There are many different types of asphalt shingles to choose from with a widely varying quality. Ask your roofer or roofing consultants which shingles’ type and brand would work best for the conditions your home undergoes regularly. Asphalt shingles last about 20 years, but they can need replacing sooner in areas with hail storms, as these damage shingles quickly.




Metal roofing is another commonly chosen roofing material. It is typically installed in vertical panels or shingles. It is one of the toughest materials to use for roofing and commonly lasts between 40 to 60 years when properly maintained. It’s a great material for areas with heavy snow and high winds. The downside of metal roofing is it can get noisy during rainstorms and can be dented and significantly damaged in hail storms. Metal roofing should be carefully chosen to ensure it is a corrosion-resistant metal in areas with heavy rainfalls, snow, and humidity levels.




Clay tiles are another type of roofing material. They are most commonly used in areas with high winds that often experience storms such as hurricanes or tornadoes. They are best when used in climates with dry heat. They are one of the heavier materials for roofing yet are quick to break when walked on or hit by strong hail. They may require extra support for their weight but are very low maintenance once installed. These are ideal for temperate climates without much precipitation or strong winds, as the tiles are fragile.


For all roofing questions and roofing
storm damage restoration in Minneapolis, contact Viking Contractors. We specialize in hail damage and can fix or replace your roof.

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