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With most homeowners, their attention is only drawn to their roof when there is a problem. Regular roof inspections are not a priority. What most homeowners fail to understand is that proper roof maintenance and replacing it on time when it has reached the end of its lifespan is the key to ensuring the roof offers sufficient protection to everything that lies under it. Replacing the roof will actually boost the value of your property because buyers are interested in homes with new or well-maintained roofs.

How to Select the Right Roofing Materials AllOntarioThis post takes a look at the options you have available in roof repair and maintenance and the associated costs. If you need an accurate estimate, contact D’Angelo & Sons Roofing. This is one of the most reliable roofing companies in Canada.

Choosing a roofing material

There are so many options to weed through. With most homeowners, their choice is influenced by lifespan and the cost of materials. There are 3 factors that will influence your choice:

  • Longevity
  • Budget
  • Style

When it comes to roofing, you get what you pay for. The more you spend on a roofing material the longer your roof will last. Your budget and the duration you will be living in the house will sway you towards favoring budget or longevity. If the priority is on a certain look, your choice will be influenced greatly by style. Here are the two most popular roofing materials in Canada.

How to Select the Right Roofing Materials

Asphalt Roofs

This is one of the most affordable roofing options you will find. It’s low cost also makes it one of the most popular options among homeowners. The cost will depend on the size of your roof as well as the type of asphalt that you end up using. It will cost $2,000 to $11,000 to install asphalt. On average, the installation cost in Canada is $4,750.

Asphalt has a lifespan of 15 to 30 years. It is good to note that its lifespan will be affected by several factors such as the presence of pests in your area and the weather (warm climate tends to wear asphalt roofs faster). The low shingle price is the main benefit you get with asphalt. The shingles are also quite versatile in appearance. They can be customized to mimic just any material.

The main drawback is that asphalt is not the most durable option out there. It is also prone to aesthetic damages like color loss, falling off and cracks. The cost of repairs is a tad high.

What is more, is that asphalt shingles aren’t environmentally friendly. They are petroleum based and consume a lot of energy during manufacturing. Asphalt is also hard to recycle and will mostly end up in the landfills where it gives out methane gas as it decomposes.

Even so, the pros of asphalt outweigh the cons. The variety is huge with the most popular options being fiberglass and organic shingles. You can customize the shingles to match your unique style.

How to Select the Right Roofing Materials

Metal Roofs

This is the second most popular roofing material in Canada. It is more expensive than asphalt shingles and lasts 4 times longer. If going for the metal roofs, you should be ready to spend between $2,048 and $25,704. The average cost is $10,365.

Metal Roofs Advantages

  • Energy efficient: Metal roofs manage the elements much better and will end up saving you up to 40% in energy bills.
  • Greener than asphalt roofs: Installing metal roofs can make you eligible for tax credits.
  • Long lasting: Metal roofs have a lifespan of up to 60 years.
  • Low maintenance: They can withstand virtually anything.
  • Insurance saving: Thanks to the long lifespan, you may be able to save a whopping 30% on insurance.
  • Easy installation: You can install metal roofs on existing asphalt roofs.
  • Lightweight: The weight is about half that of asphalt. The stress on rafters or trusses is less.
  • Resale value: Buyers love homes that have metal roofs and pay premium prices.

Metal Roofs Disadvantages

  • Expensive: The initial cost is quite high but you will earn back the money in low maintenance and long lifespan.
  • No noise insulation is offered.
  • Difficulty expanding and contracting. You need to use the right fasteners.
  • Hard to break through in an emergency.
  • Hard to match when repairing some sections.

You will be spoilt for choice when it comes to metal roofs. There are so many options. The most common materials are copper, tin, aluminum, zinc and stainless steel. The styles are unlimited.

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Additional Roofing Costs

After purchasing the roofing materials, you have to factor in additional costs. These costs include the following:

Cost of removing existing roofs

Although it is possible to install asphalt on an existing deck, you will have to remove the old roof if there are two or more layers already in place. With metal roofs, you have to remove the existing roof before installing the new one. The cost of doing this is $550 to $1,500 for a ranch-style home. The cost will vary depending on the size of the roof, location, and difficulty.

Rafters or trusses

Can the existing rafters/trusses hold the weight of the new roof? If not, you will need to add support or install new rafters/trusses. This will cost between $1,000 and $13,000.

Algae and fungus

If you reside in a region that receives a lot of rainfall or has high humidity, you have to invest in algae-resistant roofing materials. These materials will cause the cost of roofing to go up by 10 to 15 percent.


Safety is always a priority in every roofing project. Roofs with steep pitches are riskier to work on and roofers have to put measures in place. Consequently, working on steeply pitched roofs will be costlier. Moreover, steeply pitched roofs require an underlayment so as to get the Class A fire rating.


Having thicker layers of asphalt shingles will offer better performance. The problem is that thicker layers cost more and add more stress on the rafters/trusses. More support might be needed thus causing the cost to go up.

It is always wise to find a reputable roofing company to work with and always ask for advice before selecting a roofing material.

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