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Popular Roofing Materials: Their Pros and Cons

Shingle shopping? It’s worth taking the time to consider your options when deciding on which roofing material to use for your home, as there are numerous factors at play, notably, price, appearance, durability, safety and energy efficiency.

Here are the pros and cons of the main types of roofing materials used in Alberta. Asphalt shingles This is the most popular shingle type and there are some good reasons for this:

• They’re the most inexpensive option

• They come in a variety of aesthetically-pleasing colours and textures

• They’re fire-resistant

• They buffer exterior noises

The one drawback to asphalt shingles is that they can degrade more quickly than other roofing materials, being more sensitive to sun exposure and hail damage and more susceptible to being ripped off by high winds. They tend to last 20 to 30 years. However, high-quality shingles, particularly hail resistant ones, don’t present this drawback.

Hail resistant shingles

Hail resistant shingles (also know as impact resistant shingles) are similar to standard asphalt shingles in material and in appearance; however, their asphalt has been modified to be more rubbery and flexible. Compared with standard asphalt shingles, they’re more resistant to impact, less susceptible to cracking and more durable in general.

Given that Alberta is the Canadian province most prone to hailstorms as well as other extreme weather events (more than half the country’s severe weather insurance claims are in Alberta), hail resistant asphalt shingles are a sound and ubiquitous choice among Albertans.

One drawback to hail resistant shingles is that they’re more expensive than standard asphalt shingles. However, they may well prove a good investment, as they tend to last a good twenty years longer than standard asphalt shingles.

Cedar shingles

Cedar shingles are another popular option. They give homes a homey, rustic look. They also provide good insulation and are durable, usually lasting between 30 and 50 years. And, given their natural and elegant look, they can add to your home’s curb appeal.

One drawback of cedar shingles is that they are more expensive than asphalt shingles. A further drawback is that they can catch fire and therefore aren’t always the best option in regions where seasonal wildfires occur.

Metal roofing

When it suits a home or building’s esthetic, metal roofing is another good option. It’s highly durable (lasting about 50 years), fire-resistant and energy efficient (as it reflects the sun’s rays).

An important drawback, however, is that metal roofing produces a lot of noise during rain or hailstorms. It can also be a fairly expensive option.

Roof repair in Edmonton

When it’s time to repair or replace your shingles, opt for high quality products and superior service. For the best residential and commercial services, you can count on the roofing contractors at Belvedere Roofing in Edmonton. We offer a wide variety of asphalt, cedar and rubber shingles, metal roofing, as well as hail resistant asphalt shingles. Contact us today!


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