Roofing has been a business that has been required since people first started living in houses. Nowadays with all the problems that can befall a roof from things like trees, hurricanes, tornadoes, heavy rainfall, and just wear over time, it is a good idea to know a few things about roofing just in case you have problems and need to have yours fixed.

The first thing you should know about roofing is what types of materials are used to build and fix roofs. There are all different types of materials that roofs are made from, so you should make sure you know what type of roof you have so that you know what materials will be needed to repair yours if it is needed. Here are a few materials that roofers use, depending on what you already have, and if your roof is flat or sloped.


Shingles are mostly used on sloped roofs and come in different materials, here are the 4 most popular types that roofers use..

  • Composition Shingles: These are a popular choice because they are easy to install and are one of the cheaper options. They are made of either asphalt or fiberglass. This type of shingle will need to be replacing more often than other types.
  • Asphalt Shingles: These are also another cheap option, and are also favored by many. These use a asphalt base then are covered with tiny granules of crushed up minerals that make these tough and tear resistant. They do tend to curl so that is one drawback to this type.
  • Fiberglass Shingles: These look a lot like asphalt shingles, they do tend to tear and crack after 10 to 15, but they do not curl like asphalt shingles.
  • Cedar Shingles: These are the most durable type, they can last anywhere from 25 to 50 years as long as they were properly installed and waterproofed. They are made from cedar wood chips that are both knot and water resistant.

Tile is another type of material that roofers use to roof a house. This is really popular in the west because it holds up to high heat and fire.

Here are a few of the different types of tile that roofers use.

  • Slate Tiles: These can be expensive and you must make sure your roofer is experienced in install the the correct way, these are great if your area usually has a lot of fires break out, since they hold up to fire and heat the best.
  • Clay Tiles: These will pretty much for ever if installed right. They have a very Spanish look about them so they have a timeless feel about them. They are very heavy, so you must check to be sure your house can support that much weight. Clay tiles can also be costly, depending on the size of your home.
  • Concrete Tiles: These are heavy like clay, and look a lot like them too, but they are nowhere as expensive to buy or install. They will protect from fire, and tend to keep your house cooler in the summer.

These are the just some of the materials that roofers use in their jobs, they will use wood for repairing, tar, gravel, and of course all the tools. Knowing what your roof style is, what type of roof you have, and what all is entailed in repairing or replacing a roof will allow you to better communicate with your roofer, and know all the steps, so you will not run the risk being scammed. Although if you get references and research your contractor, you should have no problem finding a licensed roofing company in Minneapolis.

Published by Kate Westall