What You Should Know About the Different Types of Roofing
When it’s time to replace your roof, it’s worth reflecting on the materials you’ll use to construct your new one. Classic Roofing and Siding Ltd. offers many styles of roofing for your home and helps you decide on the right product for your roof and budget. Here are some of the benefits of each type.
1. Traditional 3-Tab asphalt shingles. These are affordable and last 15 to 20 years. Traditional asphalt shingles work best on steep pitched roofs. They were once a popular choice for roofing homes in and around Halifax but are being phased out newer better products.
2. Laminated Architectural asphalt shingles. While similar to traditional asphalt shingles, this roofing material is much heavier and stronger, and therefore stands up to rain and wind better. They last 30 to 50 years. They’re available in different shapes, colours and textures. See IKO.com for more information.
3. Cedar shingles and shakes. Cedar shakes are attractive, durable and naturally resist insects and rot and mildew. They come in different grades and finishes and can be expected to last between 20 and 50 years depending on how well they’re installed and maintained. Cedar shakes have natural insulating properties, which make them more energy efficient than asphalt shingles and bring a natural beauty to a home that is a very sought after look.
4. Metal roofing. A long lasting, rewarding investment to make for your home, a metal roof can last 50 years or longer. When installed correctly Metal roofs seal out water, survive high winds, and easily shed snow in winter. They’re resistant to fire, mildew, insects, and rot and are energy efficient in every season. There are several different kinds of metal roofing available and the market has been flooded with various products and installation techniques in recent years. We are currently on the search for our favorite metal roofing supplier and look forward to bringing them to our market in the near future.
5. Flat Roofing. Also known as low slope roofing is less common in Canadian residential construction because the low slope of a flat roof has an increased tendency to collect water and leak rather than shed, like its more steeply pitched alternative. This makes it less ideal for rainy or snowy climates like in Nova Scotia. All flat roofs have a slope of between 5 and 15 degrees to allow water to flow into drain systems (such as eaves, drainage holes or outlets). Flat roofs are an attractive aesthetic choice that will give your home a unique form. If you love the landscape or cityscape around your home, a flat roof can help complement that without obscuring the view. Unlike a steeply pitched roof, most of the square footage of a flat roof is available for use. This offers the option to add a unique application such as a rooftop patio, garden or green roof. Solar panels also are popular among homeowners and are much easier to install – and hide from view – on a flat roof. To see more about different products see www.iko.com.
Remember quality products require quality installation and you should always get multiple quotes and do your research before hiring a contractor. Always ask to see their valid liability insurance and ask about industry affiliations they are connected to. For everything you need to know about roofing in Halifax, or to get a free quote on an upcoming project, contact us without delay.