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Choosing the right roofing material for you.

Updated: Nov 18, 2020



There is a wide variety of roofing materials available to choose from in todays market. Some more suited for durability while other roofing materials generate more curb appeal. It all comes down to what works for your taste and budget. Here are 4 options explained that will help you in making your decision for what roof material is best suited for you.


1. Roofing Material: Asphalt Shingles


This type of shingle is the most common found on roofs around Canada today. They are a relatively inexpensive option and have the added bonus of coming in many different colours. Typically this roof material is guaranteed for 20 - 30 years and they don’t require a heavy amount of maintenance over that time. One drawback some might see is that since this material is so common - it won’t allow your home to stand out in the crowd. These types of shingles are very durable and therefore hold their value nicely and they are also very easy to install. You can often choose from the standard 3 tab shingle or upgrade to a thicker, more durable architectural shingle. You can always ask your contractor for samples of each of these to determine which type of shingle is best suited for your particular residential or commercial roofing project.


2. Roofing Material: Wood Shingles


The wood shingle is a beautiful and traditional roofing material option. It often ages and weathers to develop a lovely grey or silver hue. If installed properly, these shingles are able to last up to a whopping 30-50 years. This type of roofing material, however, does come with a few drawbacks. Firstly, its isn’t fireproof and secondly, it is a fairly expensive type of shingle to install and will often require a decent amount of maintenance such was washing to remove any kind of mildew. If wood shingling is your roofing material of choice, be sure your contractor is knowledgable about your selection and how it is installed.


3. Roofing Material: Engineered Tiles and Materials


With technology being so advanced these days - we have many types of material options at our fingertips. Engineered tiles and materials are able to be manufactured to emulate wood or shake, among several other things as well. Due to their being engineered this means that these products meet fire codes and restrictions while being cost effective and needing very little maintenance.


4. Roofing Material: Metal


Let’s dive into the basics - metal as a roofing material is cheap and long lasting. This material can vary from lower end aluminum to high end galvanized metal and copper. Metal roofing can be a great option for residential roofs as they are virtually maintenance free and can protect you from fire damage.


If you’re looking for answers to your roofing questions and would like to request a free quote just call Ozmun Exteriors - we are here to help.

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