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What Are The Most Durable Roofing Materials

We know that roofing in Sioux Falls comes with its own set of unique issues.

Are you experiencing roofing woes? Unsure of which materials are the most durable for your new or replacement roof? Never Fear! Paramount Exteriors is here.

We know you have questions, and we have answers. Hopefully, you can find what you’re looking for here in the next few sentences. Don’t fret if you don’t. You can always contact us at Paramount Exteriors for a FREE inspection, and we will be happy to answer any additional questions.

But first: let’s go over some of the options for roofing materials. We will discuss several popular options and tell you which ones are the most durable.

Before we start though, keep in mind that you live in South Dakota, and with that great privilege comes a few severe challenges. Unpredictable weather that turns on a dime is just one of them. Here in Sioux Falls, a 30-year warranty could be closer to 15 or 20. So keep that in mind when remodeling an old roof or building a new home.

Close up photo of asphalt shingle on roof

Asphalt, or 3-Tab Shingles

The cheapest option, 3-tab shingles, are flat with only one shape and size. They are usually 50% lighter than laminated shingles. 

While the materials themselves are cheaper than laminated shingles, they are more time consuming to install, so roofers typically charge the same for installation. 

3-tab shingles typically come with a 20-30 year warranty. Manufacturers typically prorate the warranty so ‘don’t expect help at the end of the guarantee. 

Laminated Shingles

Also known as architectural shingles, they are heavier than 3-tab shingles with a more layered, dimensional design. 

Laminated shingles are more substantial and have the strength of several asphalt 3-tab shingles. They can withstand more substantial winds and harsher weather conditions. 

Laminated Shingles can come with a 30-50, or even a lifetime warranty. Since laminate shingles are more durable, they need less replacing and therefore cost less in the long run. Properly maintained laminate roofs are the better long term option. 

As a bonus, the more aesthetically pleasing dimensional look of laminate shingles, as well as the added durability, give you an added resale value. Laminate shingles come in a wide variety of eye-catching colors and patterns. Whatever look you are hoping for, these shingles are a good option for you.

On the negative side, laminate shingles are prone to moss, which can cause the edges to curl. Curled edges are more likely to blow off in a storm or strong winds.

grey roof shingle with blue sky background,

Cedar Shakes

Cedar shakes are made from wedge-shaped pieces of natural wood and can make for a beautiful roof. 

Wood shingle roofs have an average lifespan of 20 to 50 years, but well-maintained cedar shakes roofs can last for 50 years. To extend the life of this type of roof, replace split or cracked shingles immediately and keep free of moss. A penetrating wood preservative can also be applied every five years or so to prolong the life of your wood shakes.

Wood shakes are the most expensive option for shingling a roof, but they are widely regarded as the most attractive option as well. 

Cedar shakes are resistant to insects but are prone to mold, especially in a damp climate. Sap from overhanging trees can encourage and accelerate mildew, which can lead to rot. If rot is detected, it has likely affected more than one shingle, and you might have to replace the whole roof.

Fortunately, cedar shakes are more wind resistant and can withstand harsher weather than asphalt shingles. They can also withstand fallen tree branches with less damage than asphalt shingles. 


A metal roof can easily last 30-50 years. While the initial cost of the roof is much higher than shingles, the long life of a metal roof can save you money down the road. 

Aside from most likely being the most durable roofing option, metal roofs have the most variety. They come in a variety of styles, colors, material choices, and coatings. Metal roofs can even be made to look like traditional, shingled roofs.

If sustainability is important to you, metal roofs will be highly appealing as they are the most environmentally friendly option. Metal roofs are made with up to 25% recycled material and are 100% recyclable themselves. 

Metal roofs are incredibly durable. They can withstand extremely harsh weather conditions with much less damage than shingle roofs. Unlike asphalt or wood shingles, which may require sporadic but frequent replacement, metal roofs require very little upkeep.

Ensure that your metal roof is free from debris and have a yearly inspection for minor maintenance issues and paint touch-ups.


Flat roofs have extremely low to no slope and must be able to handle some standing water. 

They are typically made from recycled rubber materials and can help insulate your roof and attic, cutting down on cooling and heating costs. The rubber material encases your entire roof and is waterproof. These roofs are very durable, and leaks are rare.

One pro to flat roofs is that repairs are relatively easy and inexpensive and most DIYers should have no problem with some of the minor repairs. 

When installed by a dependable professional contractor, flat roofs can last 30-50 years. However, rubber roofs are more susceptible to damage from falling tree branches or even footsteps from walking on your roof. Repairman must take extra care.

As you can see, there are pros and cons for each type of roof. Depending on what you are looking for, together we can find a suitable option to fit your individual needs. 

Man uses a power drill to attach a cap metal roofing job with screws.

When to Call for Help

Now that we have covered some of the roofing materials commonly used, let’s briefly go over some signs that your shingled roof may need some TLC.

  • Shingles with curled edges
  • Shingles with bald spots and missing granules
  • Cracked shingles
  • Noticeable signs of age or wear
  • Dark streaks of algae or moss

Check out this great article for some tips on choosing a new roof for your home.

Don’t forget: contact Paramount Exteriors for a free inspection!.

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