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Roofing options

By Canadian Home Workshop April 24th, 2012

Roofing options

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There’s lots of roofing options out there, and almost all of them have their ups…and their downs. We’ve broken down the pros and cons of some of the most popular roofing options out there, so you can find out what’s right for you.

Pros Cons

Asphalt shingles

Asphalt shingles

  • Inexpensive
  • 15-to 30-year lifespan
  • Available in wide variety of colours
  • Absorbs heat
  • Susceptible to heat damage
  • More easily damaged by high winds

Laminated asphalt

Laminated asphalt

  • Inexpensive
  • Longer lifespan than asphalt shingles
  • Attractive textured appearance
  • Absorbs heat
  • Susceptible to heat damage
  • Can be damaged by high winds

Cedar shakes

Cedar shakes

  • Upscale, traditional appearance
  • 25-year lifespan
  • Allows the roof to breathe
  • Expensive material and installation
  • Must be regularly treated
  • Susceptible to moss and mildew growth

Metal tiles

Metal tiles

  • Extremely strong and durable
  • Very good weather resistance
  • Can be coated to look Old World
  • Expensive
  • Difficult to install
  • Can be noisy

Metal sheet

Metal sheet

  • Extremely durable
  • Fire resistant
  • Reflects heat well
  • Expensive
  • Difficult to install
  • Can be noisy

Concrete tiles

Concrete tiles

  • Long lifespan
  • Upscale look of clay tile
  • Low-maintenance
  • Expensive
  • Heavy, possibly requiring reinforced support
  • Unique look limits suitable applications



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