Your roof is in need of replacing and you may be wondering what type of roofing material is best for your home. Those of us who live in climates where the winter temperatures drop know that some materials are better than others. But how to choose the one that is right for your home. This guide will help you to learn about the different types of materials so you can make an informed decision.

No matter what material you choose for your roof, an important detail to keep in mind is insulation. Does your home have enough insulation in your attic to prevent heat loss through your roof? If the snow on your roof melts even though the outdoor temperatures are below freezing, chances are your home does not have enough attic insulation.

Asphalt and Cedar Shingles

Asphalt shingles are an afford type of roofing material. This type of roofing is sturdy and stands up under cold winter conditions and heavy snow. Asphalt shingles will typically last 10 to 20 years.

Cedar shingles are a more expensive roofing option. This type of shingle has an attractive appearance and is strong enough to withstand heavy snow, cold temperatures, and windy conditions. Cedar shingles have been known to last at least 50 years.

Metal Roof Panels

The latest fad in roofing material is metal roof panels. This type of roof has a guard to prevent large amounts of snow from sliding off of the roof and possibly causing injury to a person on the ground. A metal roof may include heat cable to prevent heavy snow build up on the roof. When properly installed metal roofs will not leak and will last for many years.

Tile and Slate Roofs

These materials are strong and last a long time but are extremely heavy and will require extra structural reinforcement. Winter cold and snow are no match for the strength of tile and slate roofs and are a good choice in cold climates although they are a more expensive option.

Cement Tiles

Cement tiles have many advantages, including resistance to cold, snow and windy conditions. In addition cement tiles are fireproof. Made of sand, cement, and a color pigment, cement tiles are the strongest roofing material available but will also require the structural reinforcement to hold the weight of the tiles. A single layer of cement tiles are equivalent to three layers of asphalt shingles.

Solar Panel Roofing

Solar panel roofing has two benefits. First, this type of roofing protects your home in the harsh winter weather and second, it will help keep your home warm without turning up your thermostat. There are two types of solar roofing panels: passive and active. Passive solar panels capture the heat from the sun and melt the snow and ice on the roof. Active solar panels convert solar energy into electricity that can be used to heat your home or sold to the electric company. Both types of solar panel roofing will protect your home and save you money.

iRoofing Toronto can evaluate your roof insulation requirements of your home and help answer your questions about the various types of roofing materials. Call us today at (416) 477-1070