Pros and Cons of Roofing Materials for Edmonton AB

When winter arrives, it brings cosy fire nights by the fire, snowmobiling adventures, and the holiday season. However, these aren’t the only arrivals. Harsh winter weather makes you bundle up so you can enjoy the snow, but it can also wreak havoc on your roof.

If blustering winds removed most of your shingles or packed snow formed a major leak, you have a couple different options. The most common is to simply patch leaks and order replacement shingles. This can be an easy, quick fix if you trust a reliable roofing contractor. However, old and worn roofs might need a more extensive overhaul.

If you have dealt with a leaking roof for years or have to make numerous roof repairs, you should consider replacing your entire roof. For many this is the best option to avoid constant maintenance issues; you might even save money in the long-run.

While your new roof’s colour and design are important, take time to understand what material will work best as well. Modern roofs come in a variety of materials. However, many people don’t know how these materials function and why one might work better for them. In this blog post, we’ll discuss some of the most popular roofing material options so you can be informed when you call a roofing professional.

Closeup of asphalt shingles and nails on a sunny roof

Asphalt/Fibreglass (Composition) Shingles

Asphalt shingles remain homeowners’ most popular roofing option. Roofing contractors dub them “composition shingles” because they combine multiple materials into one. High-quality shingles use fibreglass as their base and have an asphalt coating that protects them from the weather.


Composite materials protect your roof and are recyclable. Whether recycled or brand new, these shingles offer an economical option that is easy to install and maintain. Because it’s such a popular choice, roofing companies provide a variety of styles and colours that you can select.


While they are popular, they tend to degrade more quickly than other roofing materials. After a few years, sun exposure can wear them out, hail might damage them, and winds may rip them off.


cedar shingles on roof

Cedar Shakes and Shingles

Cedar is a common softwood tree that grows throughout North America. Its rustic style gives a traditional, rustic impression many homeowners love.


If you live in an area with nearby woodlands or just want to have a more natural feel to your home design, consider cedar shakes in Edmonton. Your roof will be a unique fixture since no two cedar trees are the same. Find a manufacturer that uses sustainable practices, and you can create a stylish and environmentally friendly roof.

In addition to their curb-appeal, cedar shingles provide heightened insulation, which increases your energy efficiency.


What do you put in that crackling fireplace during those long winter evenings? Wood. Cedar wood shingles have the same properties as normal wood, so they are not a good option if you live in an area with seasonal wildfires. While this material is safe for many areas, you’ll need to take your geography into account.

Cedar shingles also need regular maintenance. Roofing contractors must treat it with fungicide and keep it free from debris and moisture to prevent rot.


A house with a roof made of metal sheets. The house with gables, windows and metal roof, equipped with overflow and protection from snow.

Metal Roofing Systems

If you want a departure from standard roofing materials, look no further than metal. While metal roofs might seem ultra-modern, they actually date back to the 18th century when copper, lead, and zinc-topped were used for many buildings. Now, manufacturers use aluminum, copper, and steel to form metal sheets.


While cedar shingles provide natural insulation, metal roofing systems represent the most energy-efficient material on this list. You might hear it called “cool roofing” because metal roofing deflects sunrays, which keeps your house cooler. Cool roofing technology makes this an excellent option if you live in warmer climates.

Metal also provides one of the most durable roofing options. Its weather-resistance ensures you won’t need to replace your roof for about half a century.


Like most metals, aluminium, copper, and steel may corrode over time. Speak with your roofing contractor about anti-corrosion treatments that can protect your metal roof.

In addition to corrosion treatments, you’ll need sturdy eavestroughs that can withstand runoff. Because textured roofs add friction to rain as it falls down the roof, the water’s progress slows. Many metal roofs have flat, sleek panels that don’t provide that inhibitor, so your eavestroughs will need to be larger and sturdier than the standard version.


Whether you want a traditional look or favour an energy-efficient design, contact an Edmonton roofing contractor at A. Clark Roofing for more information. We can give you advice on design options and roofing materials that will improve your home’s efficiency and as well as its curb appeal.

Call A. Clark Roofing in Edmonton at 780-465-7571


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