Use of Currently Available Materials and Chosing Roofing Material

Use of currently available materials

The new materials have many advantages when they do not alter the original look of a house. It is always best to choose a material that closely resembles or is equivalent to the one to be replaced

Hints
  • Preserve all the detailed work of the roof like the dormer windows, consoles, and pediments.
  • Choose colours that harmonise and integrate with the neighbouring landscape.
  • To adequately install the new materials, seek expertise from your local hardware store or the manufacturer.
Choosing the roofing material

If you need to replace the roof, you can choose from many types of materials. It is, however, important to know about traditional roofing materials in order to preserve the original style of the house.

All the materials have advantages and disadvantages. The following is a short list to help you make the right choice:

Asphalt shingles
  • Lifespan of 15 to 25 years, depending on shingle thickness
  • Inexpensive
  • Easy care
  • Easy to install
  • The least durable of the materials
Hints
  • Give preference to classic colours in heritage neighbourhoods
  • If you must replace the asphalt shingles, choose sober colours for a better looking roof.
  • Avoid fashionable colours
Metal roofs
  • Lifespan of 25 years or more
  • Easy care depending on the type of metal
  • Fireproof
  • Variable costs
  • Snow slides off
Hints
  • Try to match the profile of the original roof:
  • Give preference to natural colours
Wood shingles
  • Lifespan of 30 years or more
  • Rot resistant
  • Authentic look
  • Relatively inexpensive
  • Expensive to install
Hints
  • Leave the cedar shingles in their natural condition for low maintenance. A cedar shingle roof will take about one year before starting to turn grey.
  • Use "A" class, knot-free, cedar shingles to ensure water-tightness and make sure you follow the manufacturer's instructions carefully.
  • To add style, design a motif when installing:

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