Deciding If Asphalt Shingles Are The Best Roofing Material For Homes

Asphalt ShinglesIt is quite likely that a homeowner will be faced with the need to replace the roof at least once during the period of time that they occupy their home. Factors that might influence when a roof replacement is required include:

  • Seasonal weather extremes in Canada
  • The type and quality of the roofing material
  • Workmanship on the previous installation
  • Level of regular inspections/maintenance
  • Acute storm damage or accidental damage

In many instances, homeowners often choose to keep the same type of roofing material when the new roof is installed – for the majority of homes in Toronto, and presumably in many parts of Canada, the most common material is asphalt shingles. This is because they are:

  • Lightweight
  • Sufficiently durable
  • Aesthetically appealing
  • And cost effective

But are asphalt shingles the best choice of roofing material for homes in Canada? The simplest answer would perhaps be the standard cop-out phrase, that is – it depends.

To begin the process of trying to choose the best type of roofing material for Canadian homes, it is important to identify the commonly available options. These would include:

  • Asphalt shingles
  • Wood shakes (wood shingles)
  • Metal
  • Tile or slate shingles

Asphalt ShinglesAnother factor that will play a role in the decision-making process would be how long the homeowner expects or plans to remain in the home. From the perspective of longevity as well as investment value, metal may be the best choice, as it offers a much longer lifespan than asphalt shingles with very little maintenance and associated costs. On the other hand, homeowners who anticipate a shorter occupancy in their home (perhaps 15 years or less) may lean towards asphalt due to their lower installation costs.

Aesthetics is another consideration when selecting a new roofing material. Wood shakes and tiles can appeal to particular personal tastes as well as add charm to certain types of homes. However, these materials may require more intricate installation work (possibly sub-structure reinforcement) and hence will be more expensive – as stated previously, asphalt shingles may be a more practical option if and when cost might be a concern.

Therefore, determining whether asphalt shingles or another style of roofing material would be the best option is dependent on a number of influences, including:

  • Cost (including installation)
  • Aesthetics or curb appeal
  • Weather-related durability/longevity
  • Length of residency
  • Maintenance needs/costs
  • Personal tastes/preferences

Fortunately, there are expert contractors available, such as Avenue Road Roofing, who can be consulted to share their insight and experience with the installation of all types of roofs – from shingle to metal to tile – for a wide variety of residential and commercial properties across Toronto and the GTA. Such consultations can be invaluable in helping property owners decide on the best choice of roofing material for their wants and needs.

Shingle Roofs Are Just One Of Many Options Offered By Our Toronto Roofing Contractors

Avenue Road Roofing has been assisting residential and commercial customers with their roofing needs for more than 40 years. From installations to repairs, Avenue Road Roofing offers a complete line of roofing services that includes:

  • Shingle roofs
  • Cedar shake roofs
  • Tile/slate and metal roofing
  • Flat roofs
  • Green roofing
  • Soffits, fascia, and siding
  • Masonry services
  • Eavestroughing
  • Skylights and other custom work

If you are uncertain whether asphalt shingles are the best choice of roofing materials for your residential or commercial property, call our Toronto roofers at 416-785-5129 or contact us to arrange your complimentary consultation. Our specialists will be pleased to answer your questions and provide the information that you need to make an informed decision on the choice of material for your roof.