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Which Roof Is Best for You? | Great Canadian Roofing & Siding

Great Canadian Roofing
Friday, February 13, 2015

shingle curl Maybe you deal in large residential or commercial work and want to know which roof is the best for your project. Or you're a homeowner and need to replace your current roof. There are many roofing options to choose from, and among the most popular are asphalt, cedar, metal, and concrete tile roofing. Which is best for your needs?

Do you want your roof to be energy efficient? How much will your roof cost? How long will it last? Here's some information on 4 types of roofing material so you can make the best choice.

1. Asphalt is the traditional choice for residential and commercial buildings. Asphalt roofing in Calgary is:

  • Easy to maintain
  • Fire and uplift resistant
  • Initially less expensive than other roofing options
  • Available in a variety of textures and colours
  • Known for few leak problems
  • Able to last from 12 to 20 years
  • Energy efficient (if your particular asphalt roofing is ENERGY STAR rated)

Special Considerations:

  • Asphalt roofing needs to be replaced more often than other roofing, meaning it could end up being more expensive in the long run than other options.

2. Cedar roofing combines natural beauty and durability. Cedar roofing in Calgary is:

  • Durable/resistant to severe storms
  • Beautifully colour-changing as it naturally ages
  • Able to last 50 to 60 years—higher return on investment than asphalt roofing
  • More energy efficient than asphalt

Special Considerations:

  • Regular maintenance is required to prevent moss, mould, and mildew growth.

3. Metal roofing is becoming more popular because of its energy efficiency. Metal roofing in Calgary is:

  • Fire resistant
  • Available in beautiful styles
  • Able to last 50+ years
  • Wind resistant
  • Made of 100% recyclable material
  • Able to lower your insurance rates
  • More energy efficient than asphalt and cedar

Special Considerations:

  • Metal roofing is prone to sun wear and hail damage and may be more expensive upfront.

4. Concrete tile is extremely durable and long lasting. Concrete tile roofing in Calgary is:

  • Fire resistant
  • Storm resistant
  • Able to last a lifetime
  • Energy efficient

Special Considerations:

  • Concrete tile is heavy. The structure of your home must be able to bear the added weight, or additional structure must be installed.
  • Concrete tile roofing doesn't repel water well, so a good sealant is needed.
  • The colour of concrete tile fades over time, meaning if repairs are needed, new tiles will not initially match your roof.

How to Decide

Ask yourself how long you want your roof to last. If you don't plan on being in your home for a long period of time, standard asphalt may be your best option, as it is initially cheaper. But, if you plan to live in your home and keep it in the family for many years, the other roofing options (though more expensive initially) are a better return investment. This is true of commercial roofing as well.

Still not sure which Calgary roofing option is best for you? At Great Canadian, we offer thorough and professional roof evaluations. Give us a call at 1-877-766-3797 and we'd be happy to answer your questions.