Let’s Talk Roofing Materials

Homeowners often worry about their roof holding up through the sun, wind, snow and rain… especially out here on Vancouver Island.  Here are some facts on roofing materials in order to help determine the best choice for your home & budget.

Fibreglass Shingles

  • Very economical, also referred to as asphalt shingles
  • Every roofer can install them satisfactorily
  • Improved life span since the originals
  • Compatible with solar, but complicated to re-roof when incorporating solar

Metal Sheets

  • Approximately 1.7 – 2 times more than a fibreglass/shingle roof
  • Should last a lifetime
  • Required for potable rainwater harvesting
  • Works well with solar installations

Cedar Shakes

  • Cost similar to standing seam metal roofs
  • Uncommon now, due to short supply of cedar
  • Limited supply of cedar today means quality of shakes is much poorer than in the past
  • Slippery when wet (can be dangerous!)
  • Lifespan of 15-20 years

Slate, Concrete or Clay Tiles

  • Very expensive, but has a 30 year lifespan
  • Trusses need to be engineered to support the extra load

Rubber Shingles

  • Very durable
  • Uncommon for installers
  • Does not require special consideration for trusses

Metal Shingles

  • Offers same advantages of metal roof for durability and lifespan; should last a life time.
  • Offers a more traditional look than standing seam metal
  • Costly to install

Torch On

  • Very inexpensive for utilitarian buildings
  • Can offer a very clean, simple appearance for wooden homes with flat or very low slope roofs
  • Easy to install for most crews
  • Very quick to install, often in one day
  • Best choice for decks over living space