What Are The Best Roofing Shingles?

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There are many home repair and renovation projects that can be delayed for a period of time, however a roof repair or roof replacement is not one of those projects. Damaged shingles or worn out shingles require immediate attention to prevent further damage to the home. The roofing industry has a number of different types of shingles on the market. The shingle types available differ based on material, size, shape, color, and thickness. Among the various types of shingles available, there are shingles that stand apart from the other roofing materials in terms of quality, durability, and appearance.

Asphalt shingles are the most common of the roofing materials.  The asphalt functions as a sealant that waterproofs the top of your home. Although they are less expensive than other types of shingles, the warranties for asphalt shingles generally only cover about 12 to 15 years, sometimes more.  These shingles will have to be replaced in a lifetime, sometimes twice. Common asphalt shingles will start to deteriorate upon installation. As well, they do not withstand climates with severe and drastically changing weather patterns very well. They can easily be damaged by hail storms, high winds, and other natural causes. However, they are fairly light, easy to install, and a good budget-minded roofing material. In addition, because asphalt roofing shingles cannot be used on flat roofs or low slope roofs, they are only installed on steep slope roofs.

Wood Shingles or shakes are unique in their appearance because of the distinct look of wood. These shingles are more costly in material and installation. Wood shingles are not resistant to fire. They are not prone to crack from hail and they can withstand high winds much better than asphalt shingles. They are also more energy efficient than asphalt shingles.  Wood shingles require maintenance and they do not do well if exposed to too harsh weather conditions. Wood shingles are susceptible to insect damage, rot and mold and moss growth due to water absorption.

Metal roofing comes in galvanized steel and other metals. They are also made from post-consumer recycled metals making it an environmentally friendly, energy efficient roofing choice. This type of roofing is available in various colors to complement and add beauty to a home. Unlike such roofing materials as asphalt, clay, wood and slate, a premium metal roof by Canada’s Roofer is the last roof you will ever have to install. There will be no expensive roof replacements and repairs. Metal roofing will not rot, deteriorate, crack or fracture, or corrode and rust. It will also not absorb water so it will not mildew, or support organic matter such as mold or moss. Metal roofing will not burn making it a safe roofing choice.

Premium metal roofing resists streaking and staining so cleaning is not required. In winter, this type of roofing sheds ice and snow because reflected heat from the sun melts ice and snow. As well, metal roofing is lightweight, which allows it to be installed over existing roofing material, and it can be installed year-round. Connect with Canada’s Roofer today and get a free metal roofing installation quote.