How to Choose the Perfect Roofing for Canadian Homes
Ensuring that your home’s roof is in perfect shape is not only essential for your property’s appearance, but it is important for protecting your home and valuables from outside forces such as bad weather. Taking care of your roof is not the easiest task. Over time, it requires both quality installation and proper repair. Both of those processes begin with a qualified roofing company. It is also a must to find the finest roofing that would work best for your Canadian home.
So, the big question is, what are the best roofing materials to use in our country? Here are some of our recommendations:
If you are after practicality and functionality, then asphalt is the most viable option, and by far the most popular. Asphalt is easy to install, light-weight, available in a variety of styles and colours, and it is economically priced. It is available as fibreglass shingles which are made of glass fibres that are sandwiched between asphalt, making them lighter and thinner, and longer lasting. It is also available as organic shingles with a cellulose substrate between the asphalt which produces a solid thick core. Both types come with a protective ceramic granular covering that provides UV protection.
Shingles come in two forms: (1) laminated/architectural shingles that are layered, where their depth and thickness mimic the look of wood or slate shakes; (2) three-tab shingles, which is the most common style, made in a single, flat thin layer. Shingles from major manufacturers are competitive in both value and performance. Laminated shingles generally provide better durability and longer service life than the three-tab shingles – with a 20 to 30-year life expectancy.
THE PROS: Asphalt is available in a wide variety of colours and it is carried by most stores. It is also the least expensive roofing material to buy and install. It is reasonably easy to repair, and minimal maintenance is required for it.
THE CONS: Asphalt can be damaged by hail and heavy winds, and it provides low solar reflectance.
Wood provides a natural appearance and some homeowners think that it is more aesthetically pleasing than asphalt. It is available as hand-cut shakes, which are split from short sections and generally have a rough appearance. It also comes in shingles, which are thinner than shakes and cut by a machine, with a smoother finish. Both types can be made from white oak, cedar, redwood or pine. It is also available in different grades, with the best being 100% edge grain and knot-free. It requires careful installation to avoid uneven drying that can eventually lead to splitting or cupping.
THE PROS: Wood roofing is an environmentally friendly product that is easy to install and repair, given the proper procedure.
THE CONS: It definitely requires more maintenance than other materials and it is susceptible to rotting, splitting and mold.