The criteria to be taken into account when choosing a roof are as follow
- Duration: how long will the roof last?
- Resistance: is the roof capable of holding up during natural disasters such as forest fires or strong winds?
- Weight: is the roof too heavy for the framework?
- Tilt: what type of tilt (slope) does the roof have?
- Aesthetics: which style do you look for and will it be adapted to the house?
- Materials: is the materials ecological and recyclable?
- Standards: is the type of roofing you want in accordance with local standards?
- The price: and finally, how much does it cost?
When it comes to covering or re-roofing, the variety and products on the market are numerous. Although asphalt shingles are the most widespread, sheet metal and plastic tiles take a large share of the market.
Types of roofing
|Model||Features and composition||Benefits, drawbacks, guarantee/warranty|
|Asphalt Shingles||Two compositions: organic covered in crushed stone, or fiberglass.||Benefits: economical and popular; require minimum maintenance; easy to install. Drawbacks: some models are less resistant to heavy rains and strong winds.Guaranteed for 20 to 40 years according to the model.|
|Cedar shingles||There are two kinds of wood shingle available: cedar and pressure-treated wood, cedar being the more widespread. Different finishes: natural, pre-stained, and pre-aged. The weathered look of pre-aged shingles adds old-world charm to a home, something many homeowners are looking for.||Benefits: attractive and natural; rot-proof; naturally insect-resistant; more common in warmer climate zones; extra-A Grade used for roofing; you can use an oil to whiten or age the cedar; can be factory-stained.Drawbacks: high installation costs; require periodic maintenance; flammable material. Guaranteed 30 years.|
|Fiberglass shingles||Constructed with a combination of clay, resin and fiberglass. Imitates cedar roofing shingles without the risks associated with fire.||Benefits: damp-resistant; zero maintenance; good durability (more than 50 years).Drawbacks: relatively expensive.|
|Metal Tiles||Made chiefly of steel sheeting, (galvanized or stainless), copper sheeting and tiles. The cost of a steel roof varies according to the sheet profile, paint used, and shape of the roof.||Benefits: very good durability (more than 100 years); does not rust; available in steel, galvanized steel, titanium, galvalume, copper, aluminum.Drawbacks: must be installed by roofing specialists.Guaranteed 50 years.|
|Copper||Associated with luxury roofs and expensive homes.||Benefits: oxidation produces a characteristic pale green patina over time; excellent durability.Drawbacks: installation should be entrusted to professionals.Lifetime Warranty|
|Plastic Tiles||Imitates the appearance of slate, but it’s a lot less expensive and less fragile during installation. Installation is fairly simple, and an underlayment is not required.||Benefits: extremely resistant to wind; does not ripple; resistant to temperature extremes; water, damp and mould-resistant; lightweight and easy to install.Drawbacks: original colour may fade over time.Limited Life Warranty|
|Slate||Natural stone (shale clay) extracted directly from the earth. Split into perfectly flat thin layers.||Benefits: extremely durable (more than 100 years); rare as a roof covering in our climate; does not fade with exposure to the sun; heavy product and therefore resistant to strong winds.Drawbacks: caution is required during installation due to the fragility of the product; must be installed by roofing professionals. Lifetime Warranty|