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The Pros And Cons Of Different Roofing Types

The Pros And Cons Of Different Roofing Types

Whether it’s time to update your home or you are moving into a new home that needs some renovations, knowing the types of roofing available is very important. While most people are only familiar with asphalt shingles, there are actually many roofing types that offer their own benefits. The type of roofing you decide on is not only about price, it is also about lifespan, aesthetics, practicality, and how well each type of roofing works with the Calgary environment. Before you commit to a type of roofing material for a roof replacement, learn about the benefits and disadvantages of each type of shingle material.

Types Of Roofing Materials Best Suited For Calgary's Climate


These shingles are the most commonly used roofing material because they are highly durable while also being well priced. Asphalt shingles come in two main types: fiberglass or organic mat-based. Asphalt shingles come in a variety of sizes, thicknesses, and colours. Asphalt tiles are widely available and affordable. Asphalt tiles are also waterproof, fire resistant, flexible, resilient, and can typically withstand the weight of snow.
Because of their light weight, asphalt shingles can easily lift and even be blown off of roofs. They also do not provide the best insulation and are not very environmentally friendly to produce. Asphalt shingles typically last between 15 and 30 years, which is not as long as other shingles.

Learn more about asphalt shingles by reading Asphalt Shingles 101: Everything you Need To Know.


Metal shingles are incredibly durable and are resistant to rain, fire, rot, hail, and wind. Since the metal reflects sunlight, it helps to keep your attic and home cool instead of risking overheating. Metal shingles tend to last 50 to 75 years, making them more worth their cost in the long run. Metal shingles are also very lightweight and only need to be screwed in, making them very easy to install.
Although highly durable, it is possible for hail to dent the shingles if it is large enough. Metal shingles can also amplify the sounds of rain and hail. Metal shingles cost about 3 times as much as asphalt.


This is one of the most environmentally friendly options for roofing. Wood shingles are easy to wash to get rid of any developing mold or mildew. Although wood shingles aren’t fit for very hot or very rainy climates, they are a good fit for Calgary, as it is a very sunny city that doesn’t often experience intense heat.
When wood shingles are damaged, they will have to be replaced instead of repaired, which is more difficult compared to replacing asphalt or metal shingles. Wood shingles are also vulnerable to fire, rot, hail, and pests. These shingles are in the mid to upper shingle price range.


Made of polymer, rubber, or plastic, composite shingles can come in a wide variety of colours and can be made to mimic the look of other tiles such as wood or metal. These shingles won’t start to discolour until they are about 50 years old and they have some UV protection that will keep them in good condition for years. These shingles are fire, hail, and rot resistant.
Composite shingles do not offer great roofing insulation and they can soak up water, making them less ideal for climates that experience regular thawing and freezing. Composite shingles are also a fairly new roofing material that not many roofers know how to work with and install.

Concrete Or Clay

Often formed in a scalloped shape, these shingles are very popular for Spanish-style homes. Concrete reflects sunlight and offers good insulation for your home. Both types of shingles last between 40 and 50 years. These tiles can be easily repaired with roofing cement.
Both of these types of shingles are rather heavy and may require added supports to your building. Because these shingles are so heavy, they should only be installed and replaced by professionals.


These shingles are heat, hail, and water resistant and they can withstand large quantities of snow. This roofing option can last anywhere between 50 and 100 years. Because of their weight, slate tiles are not likely to be affected by high winds.
Slate is one of the most expensive types of shingles and they are very heavy and will likely require additional supports added to your home. Some roofs may not be able to withstand their weight. Slate shingles need to be repaired and replaced by professionals.


Get The Right Roofing With Asonic Roofing In Calgary

If you have decided what type of roofing will work best for your home, it’s time to call Asonic Roofing for a professional roof replacement. Our skilled staff can take off your old roof and install your new one for a practical and aesthetic renovation to your home. And if you aren’t sure what type of roofing material is best for your home, discuss with the Asonic Roofing experts and we will help you determine what roofing material will work for your home while fitting your budget. For excellent roofing services including removal, repair, and replacement, contact Asonic Roofing in Calgary at 1-403-462-2808 or fill out the online contact form.


Yes we do. In fact, we’re so confident in our work that all roofing installations come with a 50 year non-prorated warranty, instead of the regular 10 year warranty offered by most roofing services.

 Keep your gutters clear so that water has a way to escape. This will help reduce your chances of ice dams. For gutter repair, replacement, or cleaning services, click here. If you interact with shingles in the winter, such as walking on the roof, use extra caution as the cold weather will make them very brittle and bending of the shingles can lead to damage or breaks.

Our roofing services include:

  • Roof restoration and repair
  • Roof cleaning and maintenance 
  • Removal of old roofing material, as well as full site and yard clean-up 
  • Supply and installation of new vents 
  • Removal and replacement of rotten wood 
  • Supply and installation of quality shingles
  • Supply and installation of step-flashing to chimneys and skylights as required
  • Supply and installation of new plumbing collars and goosenecks

Get Your Free Roofing, Siding & Home Exterior Quote Today. Asonic Roofing Has You Covered!

We know that there are numerous roofing companies in Calgary you can choose from, but we set ourselves apart by providing our clients with free and honest assessments, fair prices, quality products, and excellent warranties.

Our focus is you, and we’ll never sell you anything that isn’t right for your home and family. Whether you require a total roof replacement, siding repair, or the installation of new windows and doors, our expert team will guide you through all your possible options to ensure you get exactly what you need. 

For more information about our roofing services, or to arrange a free assessment and quote, contact us today at (403) 462-2808 or complete our contact form below.

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