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4 Best Winter Roofing Materials for Your Calgary Home

Calgary is notoriously known for having freezing temperatures and heavy snowfalls, therefore, choosing the right materials for your roofing is critical when it comes to dealing with the freezing weather. You may wonder what roofing material would be the best to cover up the top of your home. There are several roofing materials that are suitable to combat the cold and help protect your home against winter weather.

It is important to note that no matter what roofing material you choose, proper installation and maintenance are essential to ensure that it performs well in harsh weather conditions. Here are four of the best materials to consider for your Calgary winter roofing.

Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt shingles are the most common roofing option in North America for reasons such as having water-resistant elements, relatively lower cost, and renewable energy. The inner layer of asphalt shingles are made of saturated fiberglass and coated with granules which effectively shed snow and provide additional protection against the sun’s ultraviolet rays.

Other Benefits of Asphalt Shingles

  • Prevent the growth of harmful organisms like fungi and algae.

  • Resistant to extreme temperatures, so the asphalt will not become brittle or crack in freezing weather.

  • Granulated surface that provides a measure of traction, which can be helpful during icy conditions. This is helpful when you do DIY repairs.

  • Moisture-proofing can be a problem in areas with heavy snowfall. They are less likely to absorb water, which can help prevent ice damming and water damage to your roof.

  • Extensive life span of 20-30 years that can easily be replaced.

Metal Roofing

Metal roofing is a popular choice in Alberta with heavy snowfall. The high durability and resistance make metal roofing the most robust roofing option in the market. Metal roofing is made from materials such as steel, aluminum, or copper, which are solid and able to withstand extreme weather conditions, including heavy snowfall. Your metal roof will thaw ice faster because of its ability to absorb heat efficiently.

Other Benefits of Metal Roofing

  • High durability that can withstand extreme weather conditions such as heavy snow and ice.

  • Resistance to wind and fire.

  • Total lifespan of 50 years or more with proper maintenance.

  • Much lighter than other types of roofing materials, which means they put less strain on your home's structure. This can be especially important in areas with heavy snowfall.

  • Prevents the infestation of pests and animals sheltering your roof.

Slate Roofing

Slate roofs are derived from fine-grained metamorphic rocks, and known for their long lifespan, often lasting for more than 100 years with proper maintenance. This means that a slate roof is less likely to fail during harsh winter weather conditions. The smooth, slippery surface of a slate roof can also help to prevent snow and ice from accumulating which can help to prevent ice dams from forming and damaging the roof.

Other Benefits of Slate Roofing

  • Natural insulator which keeps your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer. This can help to reduce your energy bills and increase the overall energy efficiency of your home.

  • Aesthetically pleasing and comes in a variety of colours and sizes, so you can choose the style that fits the look of your home.

  • Very environmentally friendly and sustainable, it is also fully recyclable at the end of its lifespan.

  • Requires extraordinarily little maintenance, especially compared to other types of roofing materials. Slate roofing does not require frequent repairs or replacements.

  • Does not fade over time, so they will maintain their color and appearance for many years.

Rubber Roofing

Rubber roofing is a flexible material resistant to extreme temperatures and weather conditions. It is also durable, easy to maintain, and has good energy efficiency. But when it comes to rubber roofing, nothing beats Euroshield. The strength of Euroshield rubber roof is no match against solid hail, which proves why they have $0 in hail damage claims on roofing products to date.

Other Benefits of Rubber Roofing

  • Sound resistance from dropping solid hail and heavy rain. You will barely hear noises from outside because of its flexibility.

  • High impact resistance. Especially Euroshield rubber roofing, which exceeds the highest grading impact level UL2218 Class 4, for extensive durability.

  • Decrease up to 20 percent of your home insurance payments and will increase home value by 70 percent of the invested money on the roof as ROI. (Return of Investment)

  • Made from recycled materials and are fully recyclable at the end of their lifespan, making them a more sustainable choice for your roof.

  • Can usually be installed much more quickly than other types of roofing materials, which can be a benefit if you need a new roof in a hurry.

Which Roofing Material Should I Choose for My Home?

The vaguest and most boring answer to this question: It depends! This is due to certain factors such as budget, style, and preference. If you are looking for more budget-friendly options, asphalt shingles or rubber roofing would be your options. Slate roofing provides style variation if you want your roof to be more stylish and stand out in your neighbourhood. Metal roofing is the best choice if you want the most durable roofing option. However, any material used for roofing will do its job of defending your home from snow and hail.

The winter season can be very infuriating to many homeowners, especially when it comes to roofing related problems. Whether it is for installation or repair, you will need the best Calgary roofing contractors. Superior Roofing has over 25 years of exceptionally providing roofing services in the Calgary area. We can even help you determine what kind of roofing will suit your home best!


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