Choose the Right Roof Material for Your Home

When it comes to choosing a new roof for your home, there are so many roof materials to consider.

Before you start looking into your options, there are some factors to look at which will affect the type of roof you choose for your home.  Think about what factors are most important to you:

  1. Climate and weather conditions
  2. Building codes and regulations
  3. Energy efficiency
  4. Durability and longevity
  5. Cost
  6. Maintenance requirements
  7. Aesthetics and design compatibility
  8. Environmental impact

These factors will help inform your decision making when choosing a roof material.  We’ve put together a summary of details for each of these most popular types of roofing materials to help you along your quest for the perfect new roof for your home.

Asphalt Shingles

CedarTwin asphalt shingles are the most popular roof style choice for residential roofs. They are relatively inexpensive, easy to install, and come in a variety of colours and styles to complement any home.

Our CedarTwin line of asphalt shingles are available in various styles, including our designer shingle, CedarTwin Premier. They are also relatively lightweight, making them ideal for homes that can’t support the weight of a heavy roofing material.

However, they do have a shorter lifespan when compared to the other two options and need more maintenance. They also may not withstand severe weather conditions as well, and may not be the best option for homeowners in areas that experience high winds or heavy rain.

These shingles do best in open natural light. Heavily shaded areas also present a challenge due to the increased likelihood of moss and algae forming on the roof, which can become extremely difficult to remove from an asphalt roof. If moss growth is not controlled properly, the lifespan of asphalt shingles will be drastically reduced from the estimated 20 year lifespan.

ZipLok Metal Roofing

ZipLok standing seam metal roofing is a durable and long-lasting option that is becoming more popular for residential roofs. The seams between the panels are raised, making them less likely to leak than other types of metal roofing. They are also low maintenance and energy-efficient, and they can last for up to 50 years or more.

Additionally, they are available in various colours and they can withstand extreme weather conditions, making them a good choice for homeowners in areas that experience severe weather.

Also, metal roofing is easily cleaned with a scrub brush or power washer to keep it looking new. However, they are a more expensive option and can be difficult to install. They may also become too hot during the summertime and may require additional insulation, which can add to the installation cost.

Steep-pitched roofs choosing a metal roof material in cold weather regions will also need to consider adding snow guards to the cost of the roof.

EcoRoof Shingles

EcoRoof shingles are made from 95% recycled materials, of which 75% is from recycled tires and are an eco-friendly option for homeowners. They are durable, fire-resistant and can last for up to 50 years, withstanding severe weather and high winds. They are also water resistant, making them ideal for homes in areas that experience heavy rain.

They come in a variety of colors and profiles, like our Shake or Slate roof styles, and can have the same look as traditional cedar shake wood shingles. However, they can be more expensive than traditional asphalt shingles.


Overall, each of the three options have their advantages and disadvantages, and the best option for you will depend on your budget, the climate conditions in your area, and the look you want for your home.

  • Asphalt shingles are the most affordable and easiest to install, but have a shorter lifespan.
  • ZipLok standing seam metal roofing is a durable and long-lasting option, but can be expensive.
  • EcoRoof rubber shingles are eco-friendly and durable, but can be expensive.

Contact us today for your free consultation with a Penfolds Technical Advisors who will provide you with a Free Estimate custom to your home and roof material choice.


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