Roofs are the single-most important aspect of a house. They  comprise thinly placed components, one serially over the other in a monotonous fashion right from the bottom of the roof up to the apex. These horizontally placed components provide the most unavoidable barrier against snow, ice, rain and storms. Rainwater comes down cascading, dripping from the eaves and falling into the gutters or straight  down to the ground in normal conditions… but with worn out shingles, the water could enter your house destroying costly furniture on its way in.

Roof shingles are an integral portion of the roofing structure. They provide complete protection from nature’s destructive agents.

If and when water goes through a broken roof and seeps into the attic and winds its way down to your ultra-elegant kitchen and straight down to the basement family room with a big screen TV,  you’ll notice, right?

Roof repair should not be an afterthought– it should be a priority. When you notice that your roof is damaged and/or nearing its end, it would be wise to brush up on the basics, which you can Google.

Do you know what kind of roof you have? The most common choices for residential roofing include:

Asphalt Composition Shingles:

Asphalt Composition Shingles cost less; They are the most typical roofs used in homes but are at a disadvantage of being flat in appearance.

Wood Shakes Shingles:

Wood Shakes Shingles are quite costly and look unique, but they have the disadvantage of catching fire easily so they are not the perfect choice in fire-prone areas.

Metal Roofing:

Metal Roofing has become popular due to its fire-proof properties and durability. Metal roofs are on the costlier side and require trained roofing contractors who know what they’re doing. Metal roofs prove to be cost-effective in the long run due to their long-lasting nature. Some metallic roofs that copy the popular look of composite shingles are not to be missed.

Slate Roofs:

Slate Roofs are extremely attractive and must make the owner proud… but they are the most expensive! Add to that they’re extremely heavy and if you walk on them, they can be slippery, especially in the rain. Also, slate roofing does not lend itself to quick repairs.

Composition slate:

These synthetic tiles, made from 95 percent recycled materials, including rubber, are gaining in popularity. They look like slate and other forms of stone tile but are much lighter and less susceptible to damage.


A strong roof is always a good investment, especially in the unforgiving Minnesota climate.

Arko Companies can help you choose the right roofing materials for your house. We offer a variety of shingle options and willingly install brands or materials you may be interested in. Contact us today at 763-434-2756 for a free inspection.