As previous business owners that have been working in the roofing industry and serving local Cedar Rapids residents for over 15 years, we have a lot to say about what kind of roofing material you should choose for your property in our city. See the biggest thing that makes our hometown special is it’s unpredictable weather.

Some of the sunniest and warmest days can quickly turn into cold rain, thunder, and even hailstorms in some cases. This kind of unpredictability of the weather in Cedar Rapids causes most residential and commercial property roofs to deteriorate faster compared to other states. We have been putting together a list of the best roofing materials you can choose that could maximize the longevity of your property’s roof. The list will consist of 3 main materials that have good options for design, are sturdy and most importantly – cost-efficient.

Slate – The Best Looking Roofing Material Long-Term

To be honest, slate has been our favorite roofing material of them all. Why you might ask? Because it’s easy to install, the material is extremely resilient against hot and cold weathers, moisture and most importantly it preserves heat very well during winter time.

As far as design options go, there are so many of them, but according to our experience, here are the 3 main colors that look the best on a slate roof:

1. Black/Grey Mix

2. Dark Red Mixed With Magenta

3. Dark Blue Combined With Red Asphalt Granules

Although these colors sound exotic for a roof, they are the most popular options most local Cedar Rapids people use when they are looking for roofing materials prior to the replacement or installation of their roof.

Metal – Sturdiest of Them All

Metal has also been one of the most popular options for a roof. The material is extremely sturdy and easy to install, however, when it comes to heat preservation and eco-friendliness, it is not the best option if your house has poor insulation during winter time.

When it comes to design, there are so many options to choose from. There’s virtually every single color metal can be painted with – this allows the homeowners that decide to get a roof installed be original and creative with their ideas.

As far as prices go, metal is more expensive than asphalt shingles, but cheaper than Slate. That being said, if you care about the long-term longevity of your property, you might want to choose slate as your material of choice.

Asphalt Shingles – The Most Cost-Effective Option For Properties In Cedar Rapids

Asphalt shingles are the #1 roofing material not only here in Cedar Rapids but in the entire state of Iowa as well. The biggest thing that makes this material special, is its longevity – this material can last up to 30 years. Asphalt shingles are quite limited in terms of design and color selection though. That being said, they’re easy to install and this type of shingles is preferred by most homeowners in our city because they are excellent at combating heat, hailstorms and excessive amounts of rain.

We truly believe that this information will help you make the right decision in terms of what roofing material you need to choose. Also, don’t forget to check out our article on selecting the best roofing contractors when you’ll choose your dream roofing material.