What is the Best Roofing Material for My Minnesota Home?

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Asphalt is the best roofing material for Minnesota homes and forms the backbone of the roofing industry.

Asphalt shingles offer the best value for their performance. Not only are they durable and affordable, but they provide good protection from harsh weather and are low maintenance.

When you choose a certified installer for asphalt shingles, you can also make use of fantastic warranties that can add value to your home.

Why Asphalt Shingles are the Best Roofing Material for Minnesota

Asphalt shingles are a durable, affordable roofing option that withstands harsh Minnesota weather.

To make asphalt shingles, manufacturers drop asphalt onto a fiberglass mat to coat it. They then add shingle granules on top of the asphalt. This fiberglass matting improves the performance and durability of the shingle.

Over the last ten years, most shingles produced are architectural shingles. These have a laminate layer that can make the shingles look like cedar shakes. That way, you get all the benefits of asphalt without any maintenance issues that a cedar shake shingle brings.

Asphalt shingles today are made much thicker, which helps them resist hail better than the previous three-tab shingles. Minnesota has seen severe hail storms in recent years, and you want a shingle that can withstand harsh weather.

Another benefit of asphalt shingles is that they can be patched individually without replacing the whole roof. Asphalt shingles can stand up to moisture, snow, hail, and heat and have a good fire safety rating. A good fire safety rating gives you peace of mind but can also lower your insurance premiums.

Unlike some roofing materials, asphalt is easily available. When properly installed, asphalt shingles can last for 20+ years.

We Trust GAF Shingles for Our Customers

GAF shingles are some of the best roofing material options and have been an industry leader for many years.

At Craftsman’s Choice, we typically use the Timberline HDZ series because they are affordable and versatile. The shingles come in a wide variety of colors that pair well with different siding options.

All of our roofing system components come from GAF, which means they are uniquely designed to work together and create a secure and weather-tight system that protects your home.

Professional Installation is as Important as Using the Best Roofing Material

Having a quality product is one thing, but its function will be compromised if it is installed poorly.

We are GAF Master Elite Certified contractors.

That means we are part of a small group of contractors in the country, 2% to be exact, that can offer extended warranties and benefits. Craftsman’s Choice is qualified to do this because we have been trained in the correct installation methods. GAF is happy to partner with us because they trust our process.

Our Master Elite Contractor status means that when you have an asphalt roof replacement with us, you receive a non-prorated, lifetime warranty on your shingles. This warranty includes materials and labor for the life of the roof.

We use quality products and have a transparent and communicative process that keeps our clients informed every step of the way. When you work with us, you can rest assured that your roof will be installed to the highest standard, using quality products.

Craftsman’s Choice is a Trusted Minnesota Roofing Specialist

Using our 24 years of industry experience, we serve the Minneapolis area by doing great work with fantastic products. We understand the importance of safeguarding Minnesota homes against harsh weather.

If you want to learn more about the best roofing material for your home, contact us for a free estimate.

Ben Juncker


When Ben Juncker was sitting in his high school career planning class, siding installer was not on his list of potential career paths. As with most people in the construction industry, certain questionable life choices led to a point where they were wearing a tool belt, working with their hands. His path started just this way and he would not change a thing. Those early years in his business of scraping and clawing their way to profitability and stability, have helped him to build a culture of hard work and perseverance at Craftsman’s Choice. Ben started his company in 1998 and they installed their first James Hardie job in 2000. Since that time Craftsman’s Choice has become one of the nation’s top James Hardie Remodelers. They have won James Hardie’s prestigious President’s Club award every year since it’s inception in 2015.

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