Your roof is more than just a protective layer over your home. It serves as a canvas to reflect your creativity and personal taste. And one way to customize your roof is through your choice of shingles. Below, we are exploring some of the different shingle options available to homeowners–enjoy!
Taking the spot as the most popular shingle choice, asphalt shingles protect the roofs of houses all across Canada. Their benefits include affordability, easy installation and a lifespan of 20 to 30 years. Asphalt shingles consist of fiberglass, with asphalt and ceramic granules added in. This shingle choice comes in a variety of options, tailored to different climates. For instance, some are more durable in temperature fluctuations, while others have special granules to prevent mold and algae growth. Also, asphalt shingles come with a plethora of colour choices, so you can choose the best colour scheme for your home.
Adding more of a Spanish feel, tile roofs are more of a rare sight in Ontario and definitely give your home an aesthetic that is sure to turn heads. Although they’re more expensive to install, tile shingles are very durable (can last as long as 80 years) and
A more rare choice, wood shingles are one of the most organic roofing options you’re going to find and can last 30 to 50 years in good weather condition. Compared to asphalt shingles, wood shingles do well against hail and high winds; however, its installation is complex, which makes it costly to install, it’s a much greater fire hazard and is more prone to rotting, mold and insect problems.
Another roofing option is slate. Slate roofs are excellent at resisting water absorption and do a good job against bad weather conditions. These roofs are capable of lasting 80 years and provide a unique look.
If you’re considering a slate roof, keep in mind they are very heavy and not all structures can support them. They are also expensive in comparison to other options.