When the time comes to replace the roofing on your Vancouver home, will you go with the same materials as before? Or will you investigate your options for a roof that offers better protection, a longer life and improved aesthetics? It’s a great idea to do some research, because you have more choices than ever for your home’s roof!
Asphalt shingles remain the most popular roofing choice. This material has been in use for almost 100 years, with a long track record for longevity, maintenance and reliability. Over 75% of residential housing in North America is covered by asphalt shingles. Recent updates in technology have given us new materials, including fiberglass shingles, that offer added benefits. Fiberglass shingles resemble asphalt shingles but have a fiberglass core that is lighter and sturdier. They are available in a variety of colors to complement your home.
Wood shake roofs have been in use since ancient times. Today they are usually made from cedar, spruce, or treated pine. Hand split shakes have a rougher appearance, while wood shingles are cut by machine and have a smoother, finished look to them. Wood roofs generally require more maintenance than asphalt or fiberglass shingles. Slate and tile are other traditional roofing materials that offer great durability. However, these materials can be quite expensive and difficult to install, and expensive to repair when damage occurs.
How long should the roofing on your Vancouver home last? A general rule of thumb is about 12-20 years, depending on environmental conditions. A slate or tile roof will last longer, but both asphalt and cedar shake roofs can provide a long life if properly maintained.
For more information about your many roofing options, contact Crown Residential Roofing at (877) 907-3066. We’ve been serving the Lower Mainland for more than 100 years, which means we’ve done it all!