Most of us want to build our dream home and live in it. I, for one, know that I’m not cut out to live in a pole house; I’m strictly a city dweller and am perfectly content living in my apartment with my partner and our dog. But most of my friends dream of building their own homes, and some of them are currently in the process of doing so.

However, most people usually neglect the roof, which is usually considered after the fact. Yet it is so important to find the ideal piece to save you the future hassle, and it will also give your home a more aesthetically pleasing feel. So, without further ado, let’s dive into this blog and learn more about roofing.

1. What to consider?


When you give your house a new coat of paint, you can replace the old roof and patterns with a newer version of the same without any risk. However, you should contact a professional who can advise you on the best plan of action and the best roof that will benefit your home. There are many factors that you need to consider:

    • The cost
    • Do you want to choose an environmentally friendly and recycled solution?
    • Does your roof have a pitch?
    • How resistant is it to natural disasters?
    • Is the material heavy?
    • What type of roof is allowed by local building codes?
    • Will the style of the roof match your home?

2. Why should you choose shingles?

It is one of the most common roof types in America, with 90% of homes in the U.S. and 80% of the residential roofing market being asphalt shingles. They are the easiest shingles to install on the market because they are durable and affordable. They typically cost between $1.50 and $5.50 per square foot, though, of course, the price depends on the type of shingle you choose, and the rough estimate for installing a shingle roof is around $8000.

There are also different types of shingles on the market, and they are made of other materials, from mineral composites to fibreglass to asphalt. These shingles come in different colors, such as blue, brown, gray, green or even red, but you have to know that they lose their color over time due to sun exposure.

So this is one thing you should consider when deciding what type of roof shingle to choose. The color and design of the shingles will also differ depending on whether you choose architectural shingles or shingles with three legs.

3. Three-legged shingles and architectural shingles


Three-legged shingles are cut to look like three shingles, almost like an optical illusion, and they are thinner compared to architectural shingles. This makes them easier and faster to install and creates a uniform, almost brick-like pattern. They are typically the most affordable roofing option but have an average lifespan of 7 to 15 years because they are susceptible to wind damage.

On the other hand, architectural shingles are thicker than their counterparts and are made up of individual tiles, creating a more layered and durable texture for the roof. Since they use higher quality materials and take longer to install, they tend to cost significantly more than their three-legged counterparts. However, the biggest advantage of this type of shingles is that they are durable and more weather resistant. The average lifespan of architectural shingles is 15 to 30 years.

Advantages of shingles

    • Affordable
    • Available in a variety of colors
    • Easy to find
    • Little demanding in terms of maintenance
    • Recyclable
    • Works well in most climates.

Disadvantages of shingles

    • Color fades due to exposure to sunlight.
    • Short life span
    • Three-legged shingle is susceptible to wind damage

Looking for help?


Are you in Mississauga? Are you looking for professional roofers? Then look no further than Top-Line Roofing and Sheet-Metal Inc. With over 3 decades of experience in the industry, they are the leaders in reliable flat roof services in South Ontario. They offer a wide range of services, from commercial roofing, roof maintenance and repair and even retro-fit curb installation.

They even offer 24 hours emergency services because they know that problems can happen to anyone anywhere. You can also request for an estimate by visiting their website. So, what are you waiting for? Give them a call now and make all your dreams become a reality with their help.