You have decided on a new roof, but now you must come to grips with reality: what kind of roof will suit your Des Moines home?

Though many factors control your decision — budget, life plans to leave or stay, and personal preference — you really have four options for a new roof: fiberglass-asphalt shingles, composite shingles, metal roofing, or tile.


Fiberglass-asphalt shingles are the most common and popular residential roofing material in America. They are inexpensive, install quickly, and last reasonably long (15 to 20 years is typical).

Fiberglass-asphalt shingles are available in economical three-tab styles, but most Des Moines homeowners prefer the drama and deep cut shadows of architectural shingles. All shingles are available in a very wide variety of colors, from light to dark. Consider a fiberglass-asphalt shingle especially if you plan to move soon.


Put out of your mind any thoughts of “cheap plastic” when considering the beauty, energy efficiency and charm of composite roofing. Though made from plastic polymers, these roofs are tough and attractive. They are available in a wide range of styles and colors. Composite roofing makes sense if you plan to stay in your home for many years.


If you plan to remain in your Des Moines home for decades to come or to pass the home down to your children, a metal roof is a great choice. Metal itself is amazingly durable, but today’s metal roofs are marked not just by their composition but also by their finishes. It is the finish (the color, the sheen, the reflectivity) which withstands several decades of punishing weather.


For certain types of homes, only a tile roof will do. Clay tile is surprisingly durable. It requires flawless and careful installation by highly trained roofers, so not many local roofing companies offer it. The visual appeal is unmatched, though, for a warm, traditional look. If your home is an Old World style (Spanish, Asian) or a historic standout, tile roofing will preserve and enhance your home’s value.


Advances in technology are lengthening the lifespan of roofing material on a continual basis. Your trusted roofer will know up to date lifespans and can answer any questions you have about them.

At Brad VanWeelden Company we can lay out all the information you need on these four popular roofing options. We can help you with budgeting, scheduling, and financing. We know what Des Moines customers want, and our installation services are unbeatable. Please contact us today!

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