Pros and Cons of Different Types of Roofing

If you own a home in Calgary, chances are good that your house has asphalt shingles. And that makes sense, asphalt shingles have stood the test of time. They’re effective at protecting our homes, affordable, and match the rest of the houses in your neighbourhood. But just because asphalt does the job well enough, doesn’t mean it’s necessarily the best roofing material for your home. Here are the pros and cons of asphalt shingles and our favourite alternative.

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Asphalt Shingles

can almost be seen as the original Canadian roofing material. Many of the roofing methods from Europe, like clay tiles, just don’t stand up to the Albertan climate. Asphalt shingles were one of the first roofing materials that Canadians could rely on, but did you know that the original shingles lasted less than a decade? As technology has gotten better so has the asphalt. The average shingle roof now lasts around 25 years. Though with good luck and a high quality shingle, some Albertans can squeeze 40 years out of their roof.

But despite popularity and improvements, asphalt isn’t really the best option for Calgarians. These shingles are weak to hail damage and susceptible to wind damage as well. In fact, most Alberta homeowners will find a more realistic lifespan for an asphalt roof 20% less than the manufacturer’s warranty, and that doesn’t mean you’ll be getting a free roof.

Rubber Roofing

on the other hand, is a fantastic option for Calgarians and any homeowner looking to better protect their home from the harsh Albertan climate. This material looks great and will blend in well within any neighbourhood. The rubber comes from recycled tires making it an environmentally friendly choice, and it’s also highly resistant to hail damage. In fact, investing in rubber may help to lower your home insurance premiums. Rubber can also increase the energy efficiency of your home and save you some money on your gas bill. Beyond that, rubber roofing is manufactured right here in Calgary, so when you choose GEM Euroshield as your manufacturer, you’re contributing to the local economy and giving Calgarians jobs. Finally, because rubber roofing is simple to install, almost any roofing team will be able to do the job adequately.

There are only one real issue with rubber. Because rubber roofing is installed similarly to asphalt shingles, some roofing teams — despite having never worked with rubber before — will claim they’re experienced with the product. This can lead to botched work and trouble for you down the line.

Whether you want to reroof with asphalt or are interesting in trying rubber, the Roof Hospital is here to help! Call us today, and we’ll be happy to answer all of your questions and book you for an appointment!

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