Roof Material Types


Is it time for your roof replacement, but you do not know what type of roof to put on? Take the time now to understand the different types available to you, their benefits, and their costs.

3 Tab

Of all the roofing products available on the market today, the 3 Tab shingle is the cheapest choice. This could be a pro or a con depending on your view point. It’s cheaper because it’s lighter weight, but doesn’t offer the best protection in your roofing system because it is light weight. If you are on a budget this may be the best option.


Most come with either a 20 or 25-year warranty, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that they will last that long. You should expect the roof material to last 15-18 years. Our South Dakota weather plays a huge part in how fast any building materials last. Our quick temperature turn arounds will always deteriorate any product fast.


If you plan to sell your home soon, replacing your shingles with 3 Tab will not increase your home value nor add any curb appeal.


Cost: $3,000 - $6,000

Architectural or Laminate

The most common shingle on the market today is the architectural, or sometimes referred to as laminate, shingle. This type of shingle is heavier and thicker than the traditional 3 Tab.


Because of the different laminations that they have, they are more aesthetically pleasing, can have shadow lines, and are available in many different color combinations, which vary by manufacturer.


Most come with either 30-year, 50-year or lifetime warranties. Don’t let theses warranties fool you. As stated before, we live in South Dakota where temperatures can turn on a dime. You should expect these shingles to last anywhere from 25-30 years. When a manufacturer, or installer, states a lifetime warranty, make sure you understand fully the entire warranty period. Most manufacturers have a prorated warranty. You should view the prorated warranty as the actual life expectancy.


If you plan to sell your home soon, these will add curb appeal and could potentially increase your home’s value.


Cost: $4,000-$8,000


Tile roofs are the most eye appealing options out there in today’s market. But, they are also the most expensive.


They are heavier because they are made from concrete or clay. Because of the materials, they last 70-80 years without any issues. However, they are not unbreakable, in fact they are fragile. Large hail will destroy your roof and anyone walking on your roof for any reason could potentially break the tiles as well.


Because of the weight of the tiles, your truss system must be inspected prior to installation to verify that it will support the added weight. Most construction nowadays will not support these overbearing products.


Cost: $10,000-$14,000

Wood Shingles

Wood shingles look pretty when they are first installed. Weather will soon take the shine out of them and they will turn a dull color. Depending the siding choice you have, that could be great or displeasing. Up keep on wood shingles can be daunting as well. You should have these shingles inspected annually. Because they are wood, they will split, crack, and break throughout the rough weather patterns. Missing shingles can wreak havoc on your interior if they are not replaced quickly. Wood shingles do not play the main role in the water runoff. Instead, it’s the underlayment that does the job. The wood shingles only protects the underlayment. Missing shingles will deteriorate the underlayment.


Another thing to consider is the algae growth in wooded areas. If not properly cleaned on a yearly basis, algae will take over in short order. Then grow up and under the shingles causing more damage. Having an annual inspection should take care of this issue.


Sometimes you do not have a choice because of the neighborhood you live in. Some local home groups require a wood shingle roof. If that’s the case, then take care of what you have. If well taken care of, they should last 30-50 years.


Cost: $7,000-$15,000


You should always consider how any roof replacement will affect your homeowner’s insurance. Before you apply a new roofing material of any kind, consult your homeowner’s insurance agent. Wood shingles, for instance are high risk for fire dangers; some insurance companies will not insure your roof, while some will have a higher premium. With architectural shingles, there are some variations that come with impact resistant class ratings, meaning lower chances of hail damage. This will lower your premiums.



What now?

When you are ready to move forward with your project, always speak with a reputable and licensed roofing contractor. These professionals will know everything there is to know about your style of roof and what applications should be used. The roofing professional will talk you through options available and discuss pros and cons of each manufacturer. Be a smart and informed buyer, after all, it is your home and it is most likely the last roof you install in your home.


At Sioux Falls Roofers, WE ARE YOUR TRUSTED ROOFING ADVISORS. We will work with you and for you to make sure you have the best roofing system installed and installed to meet manufacturer and code specifications. Call today for a FREE inspection and estimate, 605-951-9780.