One of the most important exterior parts of a property is the roof. Without efficient roofing, the protection of your family is at risk. The maintenance of your roof is essential, and it is highly encouraged to regularly monitor the status of your roof.

There are a wide variety of roofing types on the market, each having its own advantages and disadvantages. To help inform you and to increase your roofing awareness, here is a brief and quick tour to the different types of roofing:

Asphalt Shingle Roofing

Asphalt roofing is the most popular type of roof for homeowners and is by far the most common form of roofing in Calgary. With its durability, inexpensiveness, varieties, and adaptation, it is considered one of the most reliable roof styles on the market. It is durable enough to withstand up to 20 years, but in exposure to ideal weather conditions, it can last up to 50 years.

In a different perspective, asphalt shingles have a shorter lifespan than most of heavier tiles. It has also high risks of fading and inconsistencies in colour and can produce mold problems, from moisture buildup.

Slate and Tile Shingle Roofing

If you want a luxurious style for your home, then the slate is your friend. Its advantages are its high aesthetic value, invulnerability to rot, longer lifespan (100 years), high wind resistance, and its varying designs.

However, slate tiles cost an arm and a leg and require a high degree of expertise for installation purposes.

Ceramic Roofing Tiles

If you want a durable and stylish roof to compliment your house, this is for you. These types of roofs have tiles that are resistant to fading, are fireproof and can last up to 70 years.

The drawback of a ceramic roof is the unsuitability for extreme weathers, which leads to increasing risks of erosion. They are also a bit fragile as high winds can damage them.

Metal Roofing

Metal shingles are low on maintenance, lightweight and eco-friendly. A metal roof can last up to 50 years, and durable enough to meet certain weather conditions.

Installation requires a contractor with experience, but when it comes to maintaining its quality, it usually costs less to repaint a metal roof than replace it.

Flat Roofing

Flat roofing is practically less expensive, easier to access and can give you a stunning visual appearance. It also reduces heat absorption and offers greater leak-proof protection.

However, flat roofs require regular maintenance. They must be cleaned regularly to prevent clogging, and maintaining its quality due to consistent sun exposure is required.  It also needs replacing every 15 years, and these replacements are costly.

Wood Shakes and Cedar Shingle Roofing

Wood shake shingles are environment-friendly roofs. It is considered as wise choice as it has a stable lifespan of 30 years, and additionally, contributing to the restructuring of our nature. This type of roof has also minimal impact on the quality of water runoff.

Wood shakes and cedar shingles are a costly investment. They have a larger initial cost and require regular maintenance to ensure their effectiveness.

All these types of roofs exhibit their own unique benefits and their distinct disavdvanatges. The key point is to fin a roofing styel that suits yuor enviroemnt, home aethetics and perosnal budgets. No matter what type of roof yuo selsect, it is essential to every household to always monitors the effectiveness and condition of their respective roofs, as it is one of the most important aspects of the home.

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