If you’ve noticed your current roof has curling shingles, cracked tiles, missing shingles, noticeable wear, or it’s started to leak, then it’s probably time to think about a new roof. Leaving it for another year or two could end up costing you more in damage in the event of bad weather, so you want a roof you can trust to protect your home. That begins a new, important decision for homeowners: what’s the best kind of roof for you? We’ve put together a handy guide to showcase some of the most common roofing materials.

Asphalt shingles.

The most popular type of roof in the U.S. because of their effectiveness in all types of climates. They’re also the most affordable option and can be reinforced if, for example, you experience hail a lot in your area. On average, however, they need to be replaced the most since they last an average of 15 to 30 years.

Metal roofing.

A versatile option that can be installed in sheets or shingles but will be highly durable either way. They will reflect solar light, which can help keep your home cooler during the summer. In the event of heavy rain and hail, however, the result can be more noise and dents in the panels. On average, they’re more expensive than asphalt singles but can last for 50 to 100 years.

Slate shingles/tiles.

These shingles are made from actual stone, so it’s one of the most durable types of roofing. While it’s also one of the more expensive options, it will resist mold/fungus and is both waterproof and fireproof. However, it can break when stepped on, and might not be the best option if you live in an area that experiences frequent hail storms. They last on average of 80 to 100 years.

Wood shingles.

They can be manufactured to be either thin or thick depending on which type of look is preferred. Overall, they’re a more natural option that can eventually be recycled, but they do post more risk as a fire hazard in some climates. Wood shingles are one of the more affordable options and will last around 25 to 40 years.

If you’re still not sure what’s best for your roof, then it’s time to call a professional to help decide what’s best for your climate, needs, and budget. We work with all roof types and can help you figure out the best options for Minnesota weather if you live in the North Metro.