Four Great Roofing Options to Consider for Your Home

By Johan | October 1, 2017 | Roofing

When it comes time to put a new roof on your home, flat black asphalt shingles are not the only option. There are many attractive, affordable and environmentally-friendly materials that a roofer could install onto your home. Keep these four options in mind when planning the replacement of your home’s roof.

1. Metal Roofing

Metal roofing is not just for barns and warehouses. Today’s metal roofing can be finished to look like shingles, slate or even wood shakes. One of the advantages of metal is that it can be recycled after it has worn out. Another advantage of a metal roof is that it has a long lifespan. If you do not like doing roof maintenance, metal may be the best choice for you. These roofs require minimal maintenance, and they last for an average of 50 years. A new metal roof may be the only roof you ever need to put on your house.

2. Slate Tiles

If you live in a Victorian home or in an ornate neighborhood, a slate tile roof may be the best choice. Slate tiles are heavy, so the roofer may need to add some additional support beams in order to ensure that the framing can hold up the weight of the tiles. Slate tiles have the longest lifespan, and they can last for 100 years or longer. If a tile cracks or falls off, the roofer Toronto will need to locate a match in order to replace it. You might want to keep a few extra tiles just in case this happens. They have a classic appeal and add to the value of your home.

3. Green Roofing

If you live in a more temperate region of Canada, green roofing may be an option for you. With green roofing, layers of bitumen are placed on a flat surface, drains are installed and small pebbles are used as a priming layer. Then soil is placed, and short plants such as grasses or ground cover are planted in the soil. The plants absorb carbon dioxide and the sun’s heat. Your home could have a much smaller carbon footprint with a living or green rooftop.

4. Dimensional Shingles

In some communities, asphalt shingles continue to be the standard roofing. Some homeowner’s associations even require that shingles be used. Dimensional shingles add aesthetic appeal, and they come in a range of colors. If you live in a place that gets hot in the summer, consider a lighter color such as beige, tan, green, blue or gray shingles. These shingles will reflect more of the sun’s heat, helping to keep your home more comfortable if you don’t have air conditioning.