First, it was only wood shakes and shingles and clay tiles during the first years of civilization. Even during the colonial period of Canada, these roofing materials endured the harshest rain, snow, and hailstorms. Modern developments enable Leduc AB homeowners to choose from a wide variety of roofing materials capable of outperforming their predecessors — with many lasting over two or three decades!

With the huge variety of choices, it can be difficult to decide on finding the right roofing material. Thankfully, Roofing Calc has made it easy by providing a great birds-eye-view on roofing materials’ manufacturing and cost.

Types of Residential Roofing Materials

These most common options cover more than 95 percent of residential roofs in the United States, so unless you’ve got something unusual in mind like solar tiles – oh, wait, we’ve included those – or a vegetative green roof, the options you’re considering are likely discussed here.

Asphalt shingles

More than 70 percent of all single-family homes in the US are roofed with asphalt shingles, though that number is slowly shrinking thanks to more energy-efficient and durable metal roofing.

Asphalt (composition) shingles dominate the market because they are affordable, offer a variety of attractive options and do a good job protecting homes from the elements.

There are two types of asphalt shingles:

Fiberglass shingles start with a fiberglass mesh mat that is covered in asphalt and topped with granules that provide color and reflect some of the sunlight. Shingles made with fiberglass are lightweight and resist tearing.

Organic asphalt shingles begin with paper, often recycled, that is saturated in asphalt and covered with granules. The shingles are heavier and harder to work with than fiberglass, but they generally offer better stability in high winds.Although you can still see them on many roofs, organic shingles have been mostly phased out or discontinued over the course of last decade. Why? Manufactures have stopped making organic shingles due to their tendency to dry out, become less-waterproof and more prone to excess moisture absorption.

Pros and Cons of Asphalt Shingles (Read more)

All the roofing materials listed above does not include labor costs. The best Leduc AB roofing contractors will give you a complete estimate of labor plus materials giving you a clear picture of your financial commitment. On the other hand, if you’d like to save money, you can perform DIY roofing installations if you’re handy with tools and some home construction instructions.

Better Homes and Gardens has a comprehensive guide on installing asphalt shingle roofs. However, installing roofing materials of different features (such as clay or slate tiles) will require a variation or a completely different set of instructions. Read the excerpt below.

How to Install 3-Tab Roof Shingles

Learn the techniques and workflow for laying the most common type of shingle, the 3-tab asphalt shingle.

The 3-tab asphalt shingle, also called a composition or fiberglass shingle, is the most common type of shingle. Other composition shingles, such as architectural and random cutouts, are installed using most of the same techniques. Check with your roofing dealer to learn about any installation differences.

Three-tab shingles are usually 36 inches long; each tab is 12 inches. They are designed to be installed with a 5-inch reveal. Some roofers install shingles so the cutout lines describe a slight angle as you look from the bottom to the top of the roof. However, most people prefer the cutout lines to be aligned so they make straight vertical lines.

This section shows how to install shingles using the racking method. A pneumatic nail gun makes quick work of fastening shingles. You can install shingles by hand using a roofing hatchet, but the work will go more slowly.

With one or two helpers, you’ll be able to shingle a 1-500-square-foot roof in about two days. Before you begin, make sure you’re comfortable measuring, laying out a job, driving nails, and cutting with a knife. Prep the roof by installing underlayment, drip edge, and valley flashing as needed. (Read full post)

Not all weather is perfect for installing roofs. You won’t want to expose your roof deck to rain, snow, or hailstorms during construction. The most ideal time to install your roofing materials is during a sunny day. However, this doesn’t come too often unless it’s summer. Angie’s List provides you with alternative dates that can help you nail down your roof and maximize its performance.

When is the Best Time to Install a Roof?

Save money on materials and labor by getting your roof replaced during offseason months.

Roofing contractors work year-round, so whenever customers are ready for us to replace their roofs (weekends, holidays, etc.) we’ll be there for them. Most homeowners wait as long as they can to extend the life of their roof as much as possible.

Of course, the best time to replace your roof is when you have planned ahead and are not making a quick and rash decision. When any home or building owner is facing the need to repair or replace a roof, scheduling the work can be a hassle. Important questions arise, such as: What’s the best time of the year? Which company should I choose? Is the price going to be higher in the summer and fall? (Hint: it usually is.)

Peak roofing season vs. offseason

The busiest time of the year for most roofing companies is usually late summer through the fall months. Sometimes, it gets so busy that many homeowners will have to wait up to a month, and that’s if they can even find a reliable roofing company to replace their roof or do a roof repair.

The reason we prefer this time of the year is because the rainy season is over; the days have begun to cool down and the weather is much more predictable. Keeping your roof dry is our main concern. We do not want any sprinkle or rain shower to get into your home. This is difficult here in Hampton Roads, as the weather is so unpredictable, so we like to say, “Wait 5 minutes and the weather might change.” (Read more)

DIY roofing involves an investment in the right equipment and several weekends or even half a year of making mistakes especially if you have no prior roofing experience. To make sure your new roofing materials perform in the best way and have the longest lifespan possible, entrust it to the best Leduc AB roofing contractors. DDCL has been serving local residences for more than a decade. We’re confident in delivering the level of service you need. Contact us today!