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When choosing a roofing material, you should consider the climate you live in, the architectural design of your home, how long you plan to live in your home and your budget. There are many types of roofing materials available. The most common and affordable are fibreglass and architectural laminated shingles. Each has their own distinctive look and are a great choice for almost any home.

Fibreglass

Fibreglass shingles are one of the more popular roofing choices today. They have a sculpted look and come in a vast number of styles and colours.

Architectural laminate

These cost more and are available in more luxurious looking styles. This is a good choice if you’re planning to stay in your home for many years to come.

Overlay or tear off

There are factors to consider when deciding whether to remove old shingles or install new shingles on top of the old. If there are already two layers of shingles on your roof or there are problems with your roof decking, then you should remove them. Note that removing old shingles is the only way to thoroughly inspect your roof deck. Also, some manufacturers may require shingle installation directly on roof decking as part of their warranty.

Warranty

Special consideration should be given to the manufacturer warranty as it can greatly impact long term roof performance and your budget. Usually the higher the warranty timespan, the higher the cost of the shingle. Also, take a close look at the terms and conditions for the roofing material and installation requirements.

While you’re at it: Install a skylight

A great time to install a skylight is when the shingles are off and the roof decking is exposed. It’s as simple as cutting a hole, installing the skylight, trimming it out, and then installing the appropriate flashing as the roof is completed.

Having trouble visualizing a new roof on your home?

Try an online preview tool with a photo of your home. Click on the brand’s associated button below to see their roof visualizer tool.

BP

Visualizer: See it before you buy it

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Design your roof your way

Certainteed

Prepare your home to visualize

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