What to Consider When Picking New Shingles for Your Minneapolis Roof Installation

Minneapolis Roof Installation

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Craftsman’s Choice is the most sought-after contractor for fast and effective Minneapolis roof installation. Our greatest competency and focus is shingle roofs, specifically using the popular GAF materials. In fact, we’re a certified Master Elite installer for that premium brand.

Here’s everything you need to know about choosing new shingles for your next roof renovation.

Best Reasons to Choose GAF Shingles for Minneapolis Roof Installation

When you look at our roofing page, it’s easy to see that we like GAF shingles for their durability, weather protection, beautiful aesthetic, and solid warranties. If you need an entirely new roof or your other shingles are worn, this is our top recommendation.

When it comes to single-ply roofing, GAF possesses a huge share of the market. Their Everguard TPO product series accounts for half the market, with almost 2 billion square feet installed on homes each year.

One of the ways you know GAF is a top brand is a praise they receive from building professionals. They’ve earned recognition as the #1 shingle brand from homebuilders for nine of the past 11 years. They’re also four-time recipients of the Innovators Award for asphalt shingle makers.

Real estate agents also agree that Timberline HDZ shingles from GAF can boost your home’s value by about 10%. Now, let’s look at why these are typically the nicest shingles in your neighborhood.

Shingle Colors and Other Factors

Shingles definitely don’t need to appear bland or boring. In years past, that may have been true, but now you can adorn your home with 10 different dynamic colors from GAF’s Timberline series.

  • Weathered Wood
  • Snakewood (very popular and matches great with James Hardie Siding)
  • Barkwood
  • Birchwood
  • Charcoal
  • . . . and numerous others!

They aren’t just eye candy either. These shingles really protect your home from the elements and hazards. The Timberline HDZ series has the highest rating for fire resistance and wind rating (capable of withstanding up to 130 MPH winds).

GAF also carries some of the best warranty coverage in the industry. You can qualify for a lifetime manufacturer warranty after just three accessory purchases (not hard to do). Plus, they even offer a special algae warranty for their products that utilize Time Release Alge-Fighting Technology.

Determining When It’s Time to Finally Replace Your Roof

Granted, you may still be in the “uncertain phase” where you’re still deliberating whether to get a new roof. We can help with that. You should look out for these six signs it’s time for a roof replacement:

  1. The roof is sagging badly.
  2. You’re getting a musty smell and noticing leaks.
  3. Mold and mildew are becoming an issue.
  4. Your roof is more than 20 years old.
  5. The shingles are starting to tear and fall off completely.
  6. You’re struggling with higher energy bills.

Granted, on that last item, higher utility costs, you might have problems with either your roof, siding, windows, or doors as well. Fortunately, we can assist with any of those problems. Either way, it’s never a good idea to put up with mold, mildew, leaks, and cold drafts for a long. Your health could suffer needlessly for something you can resolve with an affordable roof replacement.

Always Reliable Minnesota Roof Installation with Craftsman’s Choice

Craftsman’s Choice has earned the distinction of #1 Rated Roof Contractor for the past three years in a row. You don’t need us to tell you how important it is to avoid shady roofing contractors. It’s simply not an option to entrust something as crucial as your roof to an amateur firm.

Don’t forget to check out what our Minneapolis clients have to say about our shingle handiwork. Our stellar 4.9-star aggregate rating comes from the strength of our stellar and punctual customer service.

Expert workmanship with Minnesota roof installation begins with Craftsman’s Choice, so contact us today to learn how to get started.

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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