“Roof shingles” are any type of roofing material that is laid in overlapping sections to protect a structure from water intrusion and weather damage. While most roofing shingles are flat, some can be curved, rectangular, diamond-pattern, or laid in a variety of styles. There are many exciting options of roof styles. The topics listed on this page will prove useful when factoring in all the considerations that go into selecting a new roof.
With modern materials and techniques, roofs can be assembled in a variety of colours and styles. Here, and in our “Roof Types” section, we will highlight the advantages and disadvantages of certain roofing materials.
Cost is a factor in every decision we make as consumers. There are many factors to consider, such as whether the investment will pay off over the product’s lifetime, or whether it is truly worth paying for a luxury item on appearance alone.
Weight factors into the cost more than most may realize. If the weight is too high, then an engineer will need to be called in to inspect the structure’s integrity and may request alterations to the structure prior to the installation. More weight also means added steps for the roofers, increasing time and labour costs.
A fire rating measures how susceptible a material may be to combustion. The more likely the material is to burn, the worse the rating will be. Flammable types of roofs can also add to the cost of your insurance as well.
In the last five years, Calgary has seen wind gusts upwards of 80 kilometres per hour. If a piece of roof is blown off, it can have dire consequences to the roof’s underlayment once it is exposed to the elements.
Hail resistance is a roof’s ability to withstand impact without sustaining damage. The higher the resistance, the better your roof will do during a hail event. Hail damage is one of the most common precursors to a leaky roof, as well as many other headaches such as mold and structural damage.
Any roof in the Calgary area should have the ability to withstand many freezing and thawing cycles without compromising the integrity of the materials.
With the number of earthquakes that occur in the Okotoks and Sylvan Lake areas, it’s a good idea to have a roofing material that is light enough to withstand the shockwaves of an earthquake. The last thing you want is a roof that crushes your home.
In the time we’ve been installing roofs, we have yet to come across a customer that wants to spend more time and money maintaining their roof. While all roofs require some maintenance, you should always keep the running cost in mind when considering a roof type.
When it comes to choosing a roof, you actually can buy peace of mind. Our stone-coated metal roofs come with a 50-year warranty, guaranteeing the quality of our materials and workmanship.
For a free estimate on a stone-coated metal roof, call Envi Roofing and Exteriors Ltd. today!