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What Are the Different Types of Roofing?


The roof of your home plays an important role in shielding you and your property from the versatile weather elements of Canada. Heavy snow, extreme temperatures and high winds tend to take a toll on your roof. So, you should choose a roof that can best adapt to seasonal variations throughout the year. A quality roof will save you from spending time and money on unnecessary repairs. At Trudel & Sons Roofing, you can choose from a variety of roofing materials to suit your style and housing needs, such as asphalt, wooden and tiles. Our highly experienced team also provides maintenance and repair services.

Your house’s roof not only makes it more resilient, energy-efficient and weatherproof, but the shape and structure also defines the overall look of your home. Some of the major roof architecture types are flat, mansard, box gable, shed or a combination of any of these. You can select any roofing material for these roof types. Here are some of the commonly used roofing materials: 1. Asphalt Shingles – These are the most commonly used type of shingle. They are durable and can last for about 20 years on average. They are relatively inexpensive when compared to other types of tiles. Available in a variety of colours, they can be well matched to your home’s exterior design. However, asphalt shingles can curl in an extremely hot climate. You should make sure that your attic is well-ventilated to avoid trapping heat. Treat the shingles with anti-algae or anti-stain treatments to avoid mould growth in shady areas. 2. Wood Shingles and Shakes – These impart a traditional charm to any building. Common types of wood used are cedar, redwood, cypress and pressure-treated pine. The shingles are machine cut to make sure they have cleaner edges and smooth surfaces. Shakes are hand-cut from locks of wood for a rustic appearance. They are thicker and slightly more expensive than shingles. Wooden shingles last for five to ten years more than asphalt. Hardwood contains natural oils that make them resistant to moisture and insects. Choose wood shingles and shakes for an environmentally-friendly option as they are a naturally renewable resource, 100 percent recyclable and a good insulator. Treated wooden shingles are preferable as they have a Class A fire rating and need less maintenance than the untreated ones. 3. Metal Roof – The most common types of metal used are aluminum, lightweight steel, zinc and copper. A copper roof is a little expensive but looks beautiful. These are incredibly durable, virtually maintenance-free and can last over 50 years. They offer numerous other benefits like they are resistant to UV rays, fire, moisture and rot. Since metal reflects heat, it keeps your home cooler. With advanced technology, metal roofs can be made in different colours and can be manufactured to mimic the appearance of shingles, shakes, slate and tiles. Some varieties are made to be extremely lightweight and, at the same time, offer outstanding resistance to impact. 4. Tiles – These will give an upscale look to your home. You can choose from traditional clay tiles, concrete tiles and fibre-cement tiles. All finished tiles are glazed or coated with waterproof coating. They offer 50+ years of durability. Available in multiple colours, styles and textures, tiles are also recyclable. Light coloured tiles reflect sunlight, and so reduce heat penetration and cooling requirements of your house. 5. Flat Roofs – These are typically less expensive to install than sloped roof while constructing a house. Though they will need replacement or maintenance within 15 years and repair costs may be high. Flat roofs are easier to access and safer while you are on them. However, you should take certain measures to avoid leaks from your roof as water can accumulate on flat roofs. You can visit our 15,000 square ft. warehouse in Stouffville to check out some product samples. Request a free quote for your project. We serve multiple areas in the GTA and Southern Ontario. For more information about roof repairs and replacements, read our article on ‘Guide to Roof Repair and Replacement. Contact us for deck coating and siding, apart from your roofing needs.

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