Introduction to Common Roof Materials

Understanding Your Roofing Options

When it comes to a new roof, you may find yourself asking a lot of questions. At L.H. Krueger, we’ve heard them all — and we know that making an informed decision is important. That’s why we’re diving deeper into the materials we use, so you can rest assured that you’re getting the right roofing solution for your home.

Asphalt

The most common roofing material in Southeastern Wisconsin is asphalt, an option that is both cost-effective and diverse. Coming in a variety of styles and colors, asphalt shingles are an impactful investment into the curb appeal of your home.

At L.H. Krueger, we know that there are key differences in composition based on the brand of shingle. Our preferred brand is GAF asphalt shingles, which give our customers the best experience and price. With innovative layer-locking technology, these shingles are sturdy and economical. Instead of being glued together, which is common for other brands, GAF shingles interlock to form a strong bond, eliminating the need — and cost — for glue. These shingles have even been tested for their strength: with minimal nails and layer-locking design, GAF shingles can withstand hurricane-like winds without the loss of a single shingle.

So why is asphalt so popular in Southeastern Wisconsin? Asphalt is best suited to the sloped roofs common in Wisconsin homes; plus, asphalt roofs have economical value that’s hard for homeowners to ignore. Today, it’s uncommon for families to stay in one home for an extended period of time. While metal roofs may last a lifetime, it’s unlikely homeowners will stay that long, meaning they’ll fail to see the full return on their investment. Luckily, asphalt roofs can last 30-40 years and offer significant savings up front, giving homeowners the curb appeal they want on a timeframe and budget that fits them.

A home with asphalt roofing installed by L.H. Krueger

Rubber

Rubber is another common roofing material we encounter on a regular basis. With longevity similar to asphalt and the aptitude to fill in where asphalt cannot, rubber can be an excellent decision for homeowners.

Why choose rubber instead of asphalt? While asphalt is best suited for sloped roofs, rubber fills in on flat roofing surfaces, making it an excellent choice for smaller rooms and additions. Garages, sheds, sunrooms, and screen rooms don’t have room for the traditional pitched roof that can benefit from asphalt shingles; rubber, despite being less common than asphalt, is the ideal low-slope option.

Though rubber roofs have slightly shorter lifespans, they often cost more than asphalt roofs. However, rubber is easier to repair and less likely to leak. These long-term benefits help offset the initial cost of a rubber roof, giving rubber and asphalt a relatively even playing field.

A home with rubber and asphalt roofing installed by L.H. Krueger

Increasing Curb Appeal

No matter which option fits your roofing needs, L.H. Krueger is here to help boost your home’s curb appeal. Whether you’re in desperate need of a new roof or just want a fresh look, our asphalt and rubber roofing options can bring your home to the next level.

Ready to highlight your home a little more? There are many colors and styles to explore when it comes to roofing your home. Though ongoing supply and demand issues have limited the selection available, there’s still a variety to choose from: with six shingle styles currently available, and each currently offered in four colors, there are still countless options for customization. Go beyond grays and blacks or try out a new style — accentuating your home and its style is easy with L.H. Krueger.

Highlight Your Home With L.H. Krueger

If you’re ready to take the next step in updating your home’s curb appeal, trust the home exterior team that’s here for you. Whether you’re in search of an asphalt or rubber roof, request your free estimate from L.H. Krueger today!

Do you have a worn or leaking roof? Are you looking for advice or assistance with your next roof repair or replacement job? Contact L.H. Krueger and Son, Milwaukee’s home exterior repair experts.

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