Roofing shingles provide a lot of functionality on your roof, including protecting the layers underneath from water and ice damage. But they also add aesthetic value and curb appeal to your home.
When it comes to shingles, there are lots to choose from, and each type has different benefits and aesthetics.
Asphalt shingles are by far the most common roofing material, especially in residential areas. Asphalt shingles have a number of benefits including being cost-effective and easy to install. They can even be reinforced using fibreglass or organic materials, without changing the look of them.
These shingles come in a wide range of colours and is very easy to find. They can have a shorter lifespan (20-25 years) than other types of shingles, but they work with a lot of architectural styles, both modern and traditional.
2) Clay and concrete
Clay and concrete shingles are often chosen for their beauty. Clay tiles are very heavy and as a result, very durable, while concrete tiles are versatile and also heavy in weight.
Both of these types of shingles have a long lifespan (40-50 years) and are not combustible. Plus, they’re energy efficient! On the other hand, they can be very expensive and are often limited to Mediterranean, Mission, Southwestern and Spanish-style homes.
Living in Ontario, we are used to extreme weather: our summers can get extremely hot and our winters very cold. Metal roofing is great for any kind of extreme weather, and comes in panels as well as shingles. They also come in a wide range of metals including aluminum, copper, stainless steel and zinc.
While it can be relatively expensive, metal roofing pays off with its durability, light weight, solar reflectance, and long lifespan (40-75 years). Metal roofing looks great on a wide range of styles, from bungalows to cabins, contemporary and cottage-style homes.
Slate shingles have a very distinctive appearance and come in a wide range of colours like black,green, grey, red and purple and everything in between. Slate shingles are known for their durability, fire-resistance and their environmental impact: they can be recycled!
This type of shingle can be expensive and heavy, and sometimes requires extra framing to withstand the weight. But the great news is that slate shingles can last more than 50 years – so you’ll probably only have to invest in them once in your lifetime. They also work well with Colonial, European and French chateau homes.
5) Wood and shake
Wood shingles and shake has been a popular roofing choice for hundreds of years. They don’t just look great, they also turn to an attractive grey colour over time. If you’re worried about combustibility, they do come in Class A fire ratings, meaning they are coated with a fire-resistant coating.
Wood shingles are great if you’re going for a more rustic look, and these roofs can last up to 30 years.
With advances in roofing technology, shingles now come in a wide range of synthetic materials including rubber, plastic and polymer. These synthetic shingles can be easily made to mimic almost any kind of roofing material (like slate or wood) and colour, with added strength, ease of maintenance, and fire-resistance.
Synthetic roofing has the added benefit of being less heavy than a lot of the really durable shingle options out there, as well as being more cost-effective. Plus, they often come with a 50 year warranty.
Interested in learning more about your roofing options? Contact LP Platinum Roofing in Guelph, Kitchener and Cambridge.