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Today, we have a wide variety of roofing materials to choose from. These materials exhibit differences in terms of structure, style, appearance, longevity, and so on. While having a wide range of roofing alternatives is always good for homeowners, selecting the right roofing material for your home can be easier said than done.

To help make your selection process a little bit simpler, below we look at the different residential roofing materials available.

1.Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt shingles are the most popular residential roofing material utilised in Canada currently. Asphalt shingles boast a long lifespan, offer good wind resistance, are fairly easy to install, and are a cost-effective roofing option. In addition, they come in a wide variety of styles and colours for homeowners to choose from. Asphalt shingles have been the go to roofing material for decades, so for many homeowners looking to replace their roof, they defer to this option.

There are three types of asphalt shingles—3-tab shingles, dimensional shingles, and luxury shingles. If you’re looking for an economical option that offers a high level of durability, asphalt shingles may be a good option for you.

2.Metal roofing 

The popularity of metal roofing continues to increase exponentially in Canada thanks in part to the cost of manufacturing and installation coming down over the past 7 – 10 years. Not to mention that metal roofing is extremely durable, is highly resistant to wind, and is fire and lightning resistant. Metal roofing systems come in a wide array of styles including panels, shingles, sheets, tiles, and slate. There are several options for metal roofing material, including copper, aluminum, zinc, steel, and tin.

Each one of these materials has its own advantages and disadvantages. But, generally metal roofing is extremely long-lasting, environmentally friendly, and has a strong resistance to snow, rain, wind and even fire.

If you’re looking for a long lasting, dependable roofing system take a look at metal roofing options. You will not be disappointed.

3.Solar Tiles

Solar tiles are shingles and panels that mimic the function of conventional roofing materials. This roofing material is more durable than ordinary shingles.

Solar tiles are an eco-friendly roofing option, so they make an ideal roofing material if your main goal is to be environmentally conscious.

4.Slate Roof Tiles 

Slate roof tiles are made from hard rock which is honed through various processes to produce durable, fire-resistant, and visually appealing roofing material. This roofing material provides superior fire resistance and can last up to 100 years. In addition, slate roof tiles are waterproof and will resist mold and fungus. Another good thing about slate roof tiles is that they come in a variety of colours and styles.

A major drawback to slate roof tiles is their cost and difficulty installing. If you are interested in slate tiles, look for a roofer that is experienced with this material. If installed incorrectly, it will be quite expensive to redo.

5.Stone-Coated Steel 

This roofing material is made with a steel core which is coated with a layer of stone to offer additional durability. Stone-coated steel is ideal for wet and windy areas, thanks to its superior water resistance and wind resistance.

Stone-coated roofing can last up to 20 years due to its superior construction and requires low maintenance.

6.Rubber slate

Rubber slate tiles are produced from TPO plastic or recycled EPDM to provide the look of natural slate. This roofing material is inexpensive, easy to install, and offers considerable durability.

Choosing the right roofing material for your home can be a difficult process, but having a firm understanding of your options will help make the process easier.

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