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Roofing Shingles Toronto

When looking for roof shingles in the Toronto area and the GTA, what are some of the best types to look for and what are the most common problems involved with roofing shingles?   Asphalt roofing shingles are a very common roofing material and can be divided into three different groups: basic, mid-grade and premium shingles.  The main differences between these groupings are thickness, style and lifespan of the shingle.  There are many types of roof shingles available such as slate, cedar, flagstone, plastic, metal, fibre cement or asphalt.  The most popular and durable forms of roofing, however, make use of cedar and slate rather than the cheaper, and some would say, inferior asphalt. 

Cedar Shingles

When constructing a cedar roof, there are two different styles of cedar that a consumer can choose from; these different styles of roofing are known as cedar shingles or cedar shakes.  The main difference between both styles is that shingles are sawn on both sides, whereas shakes are split right from the block of cedar on one or both sides.  Cedar shingles are extremely good in harsh weather conditions while keeping the roof well insulated with hot air in the winter while maintaining the cool air in the summer.  It is an extremely sustainable and environmentally friendly product, as the natural fibres in cedar help the resiliency of the roof and cedars natural oils ensure it is safe against rot and mold growth.

Slate Shingles

Slate shingles are extremely durable and probably the most popular form of roofing worldwide.  Slate shingles can withstand extreme temperatures and weather conditions, as slate is a non-porous material and so durable, it doesn’t require frequent replacement.  A slate shingle is essentially a stone material that features two lines of breakability called cleavage and grain.  The stone is split into thin sheets of flat slates that are easy to stack while maintaining a natural appearance.  Slate shingles are also fire resistant and energy efficient. 

Repair or Replace?

The most common reasons to contact a qualified roofing contractor to repair or replace shingles can be:
  • Curling shingle edges:  This can be common in asphalt shingles.  Curling may also occur due to a lack of a back coating on the shingles. 
  • Asphalt granules in the eavestrough:  A common trick to see if your shingles are healthy is to check the gutters.  If you find asphalt granules or even larger chunks, that means that parts of the roof may be exposed.  Older shingles should be replaced.
  • Leaks (Roof and interior showing water damage):  This is the most common decision when deciding to replace or repair shingles.  A leaking roof can lead to a multitude of problems, not least of which is rot, and if not repaired or replaced in time, it could lead to other problems
  • Moss growth:  This can be a problem with wooden shingles over time and is a good indicator that they need to be replaced.  Excessive moss growth can really hinder the roof’s ability to function as necessary.
  • Visible buckling of roof shingles:  This is another problem that can plague asphalt shingles.  If this occurs, it can be because of aged/older roof felt, poor ventilation or because the original shingles were just incorrectly laid.  Buckling can lead to leaks and rot. 

Roofing Shingles Toronto

Roofing Shingles Toronto
Roofing Shingles Toronto
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