Top 4 Types of Roofs to Consider for Your Home

By Johan | January 18, 2018 | Roofing

When it’s time to replace your roof, you have many options. Here are the four best choices for your new roof and what they have to offer when installed by a professional roofer Toronto.

1. Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt shingles are the most popular choice for roofs for a reason. Asphalt shingle roofs are the most cost-effective solution with a range of colors and styles to fit any home style and color. Along with a fairly low cost and affordable installation, asphalt shingle roofs are very flexible and can be installed on nearly all types of sloped roofs. In general, asphalt shingles will last for about 12-15 years.

2. Metal

While most homes in Canada have asphalt shingle roofs, metal roofing offers many more benefits if you’re willing to pay more for your roof. Metal roofs come in dozens of colors and styles ranging from bright red panels to earth-toned shingles that resemble asphalt or slate.

Metal roofing systems can be made from many types of metal, including lightweight aluminum that never rusts, affordable galvanized steel, and decorative copper. When you choose a metal roof, you will never need to worry about roof replacement again as your new roof can last 60 years or longer. It will stand up well to snow, rain, wind, and even fire with virtually no maintenance.

3. Wood Shakes and Shingles

Cedar wood shakes or shingles are a traditional roofing choice that can also save you substantially on your energy bills. Cedar roofs offer natural insulation that is double that of asphalt shingles. Cedar shakes are also naturally resistant to the elements, including insect damage, UV damage, moisture, and wind. Depending on the style you choose, your cedar shakes can also be factory treated with additional resistance to fire, fungus, and moss.

Many homeowners choose cedar for its timeless, natural beauty that can enhance any home. Shakes create a more rustic appearance with a rough-hewn profile while cedar shingles create a smooth look.

4. Composite Shakes

Love the look of cedar but want to avoid the high cost and other drawbacks? Composite materials can achieve the authentic appearance of cedar or even slate without the issues. Synthetic composite shake roofing is more affordable than cedar in the long-run with far less maintenance, treatments, and eventual re-roofing necessary. Composite cedar shakes and shingles are very resistant to moisture, wind, thermal shock, UV rays, rot, peeling, and cracking for the ultimate low-care roofing material.