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How to Choose the Right Roofing Materials | Great Canadian Roofing & Siding

Let’s break it down by roofing type.

Asphalt Shingles
There are at least two basic types of asphalt shingles: traditional (3-tab style) and architectural.

Here are some benefits of asphalt shingles:

  • They are the least expensive of all shingle types
  • They’re low maintenance—and easy to walk on when you need to inspect your roof
  • They come in a variety of colours
  • They’re very easy to repair (due to simplicity of cutting/fitting)
  • Architectural styles are thicker and their look mimics slate shingles


  • They may not last as long as other types of shingles
  • They may be blown off or damaged in windy conditions
  • They can be damaged by excessive heat or mildew

Cedar Shingles
Here are just a few benefits of cedar roofs:

  • They’re attractive, long-lasting, and have great curb appeal
  • They’re resilient
  • They provide energy benefits and insulation


  • Expense
  • Need for regular maintenance
  • Flammability in dry climates

Metal Shingles
Metal roofing may be less-known than other options, but it offers considerable benefits:

  • It’s lightweight, durable, and virtually maintenance-free
  • It offers tax incentives and energy benefits

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