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Roof Types

Asphalt Shingles

The most popular residential roofing product used on the market today is asphalt architectural shingles. They provide a modern shake look and are the most simple to install. Asphalt shingles are reinforced with fiberglass, organic materials such as waste paper, cellulose and other materials saturated with asphalt.

Pros: Asphalt shingles comes in a wide range of styles and colors to fit your homes cosmetic appeal.Its one of the least expensive material when it comes to purchasing your new Up North Exteriors Roof System.

Cons: Asphalt shingles can have a shorter lifespan that other roofing products out there depending on which style and manufacturer you decide to go with. Here at Up North Exteriors Can go through a wide variety of different types of shingles to fit your budget. 

Cost/Lifespan:Most Architectural Laminated shingles will cost between $150 to $400 per square  and depending on proper installation and maintenance your new asphalt roof should last you 15 to 30 years 

Metal Roof

Metal Roofs are starting to become more and more popular as the years go on. Especially In Northern Michigan does the Metal Roof gain its popularity because of its ability to shed off rain and snow from its sleek Metal panels. They come in a wide variety of colors and styles such as flat panels or striaded (ribbed panels). Standing seam is the most popular as it has a 1 to 1 3/4 Rib that stands locks into your installed panel which hides all your fasteners.  Also the lightweight Class A fire resistant roof system reflects radiant heat from the sun minimizing heat gain.You will save energy on having to keep your house cool in the summer. 

Pros: Having a Metal roof system has a ton of benefits including energy efficiency, as well as being non combustible and having a Class A fire rating. The panels are lightweight and if installed properly your entire roof will have hidden fasteners meaning no exposed Screws. Its One of the most durable roof system out there and it comes in a wide variety of styles and colors. Metal Roofs have a lifetime lifespan.

Cons: Metal Roofs are expensive as they are a lifetime product and installation takes a lot more time and knowledge than a standard roof system.

Cost/Lifespan Metal Roofs depending if its standing seam or agricultural steel (Pole barn steel) Ranges from about $400 to $1000 a square (Roof square=10ft by 10ft area on roof). Cost is more because the durability Installation and lifespan of your new metal roof is anywhere from 40 to 80 years. In the end you will save money.  

Custom Slate/Tile Roof/Flat Roof

Concrete Slate or tile roofs are one of the best roof systems out there right along with metal roofs. They are a lifetime roof system and provide superior durability to keep the elements from breaking down your home. The awarding beauty of a slate or tile roof will provide phenomenal curb appeal along with increasing the longevity of your home. It is important that only professional installers handle the application of your new custom roof and the Up North Exteriors team is certified to Install these breathtaking roof systems. Flat roofing is also becoming more popular to new construction residential homes as homeowners are going with a more modern low slope design to there roof. anything 2/12 pitch and under needs a flat roof. Different types of flat roofs are EPDM (adhesive application)  PVC and TPO which is a Welded application. All flat roofs are pitched with Flat insulation board for water run off.

Pros: being a natural stone Slate and tile roofs are strong and durable durable providing optimal longevity. Tile roof systems greatly increase your home value by having a beautiful look to your new roof. Flat roofs provide a superior moisture barrier for your flat pitched roof.

Cons: Slate and tile roof systems can be very heavy anywhere between 700 to 1400 lbs per square.They also sometimes are fragile if stepped on and replacement can be hard.  Flat Roofs tend to hold water as they are not pitched to have water run off.

Cost/Lifespan: Depending on the material a tile roof will cost you anywhere from $10 per square foot to $25 per square foot and will last you over 100 years Flat roof will cost you around $250 to $350 per roof square and will last about 50 years.


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Up North Exteriors/Traverse City Roofing Services

7339 US Highway 31 N, Williamsburg, Michigan 49690, United States

(231) 709 7912


Monday - Friday: 9am - 5pm

Saturday: By appointment

Sunday: Closed