Oct 10, 2019

What Kind of Roof Should You Install on Your Home?

One of the biggest roofing mistakes a homeowner can make is not taking the time to fully investigate the type of roofing material they’re having installed on their roof prior to making a commitment.  Doing so, allows a homeowner to feel completely satisfied with the aesthetics of the material, its reliability, and lifespan. Here’s a breakdown of four of the most popular roofing materials on the marketplace and what you should know about each.

Cedar Shake

Cedar shake roof shingles are made from split logs and have been in use since the days of the colonists.  Wood shingle roof lifespan is typically between seven to 15 years.  While aesthetically pleasing when first installed, they are prone to discoloration and algae growth.  Insurance companies can charge additional money for policies that include a cedar shake roof because they are a fire hazard.  Regular maintenance is needed in order to ensure maximum possible lifespan.

 Cedar shake roofing shingles on a home

Clay Tile

This material is lauded for its durability and its ability to hold up well in heavy winds.  Many homeowners find clay tile roofs to be a positive feature from a curb appeal standpoint.  However, it’s worth knowing that installation and routine maintenance by a professional are a must and that only professionals should be walking on the roof due to how easily the tiles can crack.  Homeowners switching to clay tiles from a different roofing material should be advised that the roof’s support system may need to be reworked in order to handle the additional weight that clay tiles introduce.

Metal Roof

Metal roof installation has become a popular roofing choice in the Midwest because the material can last up to 50 years.  However, a drawback is that the finish may need professional attention after 35 years.  Metal roofing is environmentally friendly and lightweight, which is beneficial for not adding strain to a home’s foundation.  Metal roofs can also be eligible for insurance discounts because they are more hail and fire resistant than other materials.

Home with a metal roof

Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt shingles are a widely sought-after roofing option because they are alluring, dependable, and cost-effective.  A fifty-year, non-prorated warranty on both labor and materials are offered by the world’s largest manufacturer of residential and commercial asphalt roofing, GAF.  Many asphalt shingles are manufactured to imitate the look of higher maintenance materials, such as slate and wood.  Homeowners also have a wide array of shingle colors and styles to choose from.

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Jim J.
Hayward, WI
July 24, 2023

"The guys were the best I have experienced, very professional."

Richard H.
Maplewood, MN
June 28, 2023

"Thorough, timely, efficient, good communicators. Excellent work, cleaned up well and took care of a few extra details without any hassle."

Carla U.
Minneapolis, MN
May 17, 2023

"Your services and products are wonderful!  (And we have used Lindus three times now). The crews were gracious and hard-working."

Alan W.
St. Paul, MN
May 11, 2023

Both your roofing and gutter crews deserve 11 out of 10 stars. Everyone was on time and did everything they said they would. We are wildly impressed with the work and clean up."

Ursula G.
Hammond, WI
May 2, 2023

"It was great!  I look forward to seeing it work."

Pat T.
St. Anthony, MN
February 17, 2023
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