Considerable progress has been made in the world of modern roofing shingles, but chances are, you haven’t given the subject much thought. The truth us, not many people think about their roof …unless it no longer keeps the rain out of your home.
If you’re planning to replace your roof in the near future, it’s a good idea to begin your research now. Believe it or not, there’s more to consider than just the colour of your shingles and how much everything will cost.
Today, we’re looking at some of the different options available to Canadian homeowners:
Traditional Asphalt Shingles
Asphalt shingles are the most prevalent option used on homes across the country. They are essentially the default or builder option on most any house or townhome in urban centres, suburbs, and rural areas alike. The reason is because they’re affordable, readily available, and can last between 20 – 30 years.
Laminated shingles are very similar to traditional asphalt shingles. In fact, they are a derivative of the more traditional choice. The difference being that laminated shingles have an extra layer, making them thicker and longer lasting. This thicker shingle option provides better insulation and are better able to guard against damage from moisture, impact, and the sun.
Metal shingles are typically made of galvanized steel and aluminum; however, you wouldn’t know it be looking at them. These days, most metal roofing companies use shingles that offer the look of conventional slate, cedar, or asphalt. This gives them a traditional look, but with added durability and longevity.
Metal shingles are highly weather resistant, will not grow mildew, fungus or moss, and are highly animal-proof. Metal roofs are notably more expensive up front than traditional asphalt; however, given the fact that they can last between 50 – 60 years, the expense evens out in the long run.
Synthetic Slate Shingles
Synthetic slate roofing shingles provide the old world look of natural slate, but with an improved ability to withstand freezing temperatures, among other things. Despite it being the alternative to natural slate, synthetic slate is actually a more sustainable choice. Many are made from recycled materials and can their offcuts can be recycled as well. Which means 0 waste. Synthetic slate is also highly resistant to breakage, is made to resist moss and weeds, while also offering excellent flame resistance.