Why the Choice of Quality Roofing Materials Matters for Canadian Homes
For a majority of Canadians, their home represents the most significant investment they will make during their lifetime. And the scope of this investment will extend beyond just the purchase price; it will include the time, effort, and expense dedicated to protecting their home and those who reside within – in essence, the responsibilities of ownership.
When it comes to protecting home and family against this country’s weather extremes, the first line of defence for homeowners is the roof of their residence. And similar to any other types of measures instituted to safeguard personal health and safety (e.g.: smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, home security systems), the quality of the roofing materials in tandem with the installation skills of the roofing contractor will play integral roles in achieving long-term performance and optimal return on investment.
Depending on the age of the home when it is purchased and the length of time that the family resides there, it is likely that the homeowner will face the need to replace the roof on at least one occasion. Contributing factors often include one or more of the following:
- Type of material (e.g.: asphalt shingles)
- The quality of the original roofing materials
- Quality of installation by the roofing company
- Prolonged exposure to seasonal weather extremes
- Frequency of roof inspection, maintenance, and repair
- Acute damage to the roof structure from storms/accidents
Although the need to replace residential roofing can be somewhat unexpected and rather inconvenient for the homeowner, such circumstances can also present the opportunity to assess any replacement roofing materials relative to their type and quality. Considering the aspect of quality, homeowners will want to invest in materials that offer:
- Weather protection
- Durable performance
- Aesthetics (curb appeal)
- Reliable warranty protection
Homeowners have several options in terms of the specific type of material, with the most prominent being asphalt shingles; since this is the roofing material most commonly used by Canadian home builders, many homeowners will ask a roofing company, like Avenue Road Roofing in Toronto, to install the same type of shingles when it is time to replace the roof. In addition to often being the most economical option, asphalt shingles provide a number of time-proven benefits:
- Effective weather protection
- Average lifespan of ~20 years
- Strong fire retardant properties
- Available in a range of colours/styles
Go to our Shingle Roofs page for further information on the quality and properties of asphalt shingles used by Avenue Road Roofing for residential and commercial roofing.
While asphalt shingles may be the most popular choice of material for residential roofing, there are a number of other options for homeowners to consider with respect to quality, appeal, and overall performance; these include:
- Slate shingles
- Slate has natural water-repellent properties, ideal for a roofing material
- A slate roof adds elements of style, grace, and curb appeal to a property
- Due to its weight, the sub-structure of the roof may need to be reinforced
- Wooden shingles
- The most common type of wooden roof is constructed of cedar shingles
- Cedar lends its natural beauty to the home, along with a longer lifespan
- These shingles are pre-treated to provide good fire retardant properties
To learn more about the installation of a slate roof by the team at Avenue Rood Roofing, go to our Slate Roofing page.
For more information on cedar roof installations by the experts at Avenue Rood Roofing, visit our Cedar Roofing page.
Quality Workmanship, Quality Materials, and Exceptional Customer Service
Ultimately, the determining factors in selecting roofing materials when residential roofs need replacement will include any combination of:
- Cost (materials, labour)
- Aesthetics or curb appeal
- Weather-related durability
- Anticipated period of residency
- Projected maintenance needs/costs
- Homeowners’ personal tastes/preferences
Fortunately, there are experienced contractors available, such as Avenue Road Roofing, a leading Canadian roofing company for more than 40 years, who can be consulted on the installation of all types of roofing materials. Such consultations can prove invaluable to help property owners decide on the best choice of roofing material for their home and personal needs.
Avenue Road Roofing has completed more than 45,000 roof installations across Toronto and its neighbouring municipalities; this is evidence of the quality of their materials and workmanship, and a long-standing reputation for exceptional customer service. This is also reflected in the reviews provided by many of their customers via HomeStars, a free online service intended to help consumers find reputable and reliable roofing contractors, among other specialties, based on feedback from homeowners who have previously used those service providers.
To see recent feedback posted on HomeStars by area residents who have hired Avenue Road Roofing for various roofing needs, visit our HomeStars Review page.
If you are looking to replace or upgrade your roof and would like to discuss your options with respect to the selection of roofing materials, Call the experienced professionals from Avenue Road Roofing today at 416-785-5129 or Contact us to book a complimentary consultation. Our knowledgeable specialists would be pleased to answer your questions and provide the information you need to make an informed decision for your new roof.