Edmonton houses face very tough times throughout the year. Edmonton and its surrounding area come into one of the toughest areas for the roof because of the very harsh weather condition it has.

Edmonton is the capital city of the Canadian province of Alberta. Edmonton is on the North Saskatchewan River and is the center of the Edmonton Metropolitan Region, which is surrounded by Alberta's central region. As per Wikipedia Edmonton is at an elevation of 671 m (2,201 ft). Edmonton has a humid continental climate and falls into the NRC 4a Plant Hardiness Zone.

A roof plays vital roles in saving your home interior and family from rain, wind, snow, and other disasters. Due to this extreme weather condition, we recommended our customer install a Cedar roof, Metal roof, Rubber roof, or Asphalt roof according to budget, usage, and inspection of the site.

The average lifetime of a roof in Edmonton

  1. Cedar Roof: 30 - 35 years
  2. Metal Roof: 40 - 70 years
  3. Rubber Roof: 20 years
  4. TPO Roof: 22 - 30 years
  5. PVC Roof: 50 years
  6. Asphalt Shingle Roof: 15 - 20 years

Cedar roofing in Edmonton

Cedar is a popular material for wooden roofing in Edmonton along with other roofing types, with red and white cedar being preferred for different reasons. Both kinds can be treated to be fire-retardant and other chemical preservatives can be used. Red cedar roof is costly compared to white cedar due to the natural preservative(tannic acid) it contains. People also prefer red cedar due to its red color.

Silvery white cedar is also considered a wise investment and an attractive choice, with natural decay resistance. White cedar will not splinter under stress. Cedar shake roofs life is about 30-35 years, depending on installation quality, the material used in the installation, regular maintenance, etc. Cedar roofs are undoubtedly strong enough compared to other roofs in front of wind resistance.

Metal Roofing in Edmonton

Metal roofing is popular for commercial properties in the Edmonton region. The benefit of the metal roof is, it is affordable and durable. The roofing can be fixed on steep and slat rooflines. Metal roofing is fire resistant and energy-efficient. We can use metal roofing in many colors, styles, materials, and finishes. Asphalt roofing prices will vary depending on product and labor costs. Assuming you are considering a mid-range shingle installed by a licensed contractor, a residential metal roof will cost about 3+ times more than asphalt.

Cons of the metal roofing:
  • Generate noise during the rainy season
  • Difficult to repair if it gets damaged

Rubber Roofing in Edmonton

Rubber roofing refers to a single-ply synthetic membrane made from either rubber, plastic polymers, or both. This combination means that the roof is incredibly strong but still flexible enough to not be easily damaged.

There are 4 types of rubber roofing in Edmonton
  1. Rubber Shingles: Rubber shingles are particularly beneficial if you own a flat or low-sloped roof. Rubber shingles are the popular choice for appearance.
  2. EPDM: Ethylene propylene diene terpolymer is typically the most popular material for rubber roofs. It has the longest lifespan and the lowest rubber roofing cost. This makes it perfect for a new roof installation.
  3. TPO: Thermoplastic polyolefin is particularly beneficial because of its better energy-efficient savings compared to other rubber materials. It reflects sunlight and UV radiation. It is damage protected. The life of a TPO is 15 to 20 years.
  4. PVC: Polyvinyl chloride, the third type of available material, is easily the strongest of the three as the seams are welded shut instead of glued or taped. For the last 50 years, PVC has been in practice to be used in rubber roofing.

The benefits of rubber roofing are fire-resisting, low repair cost, less maintenance, and recyclable.

Asphalt Shingle Roof

Asphalt roof shingles are the most popular roofing material used on homes across Canada. They are designed to protect a home through decades of weathering with minimal upkeep and are available in hundreds of colors and styles.

There are two main categories of asphalt shingles:
  1. Organic Shingles: These are the oldest type of asphalt roofing tiles. Asphalt consists of a cellular fiber substrate (recycled paper) impregnated with asphalt and compressed under high pressure.
  2. Fiberglass Shingles: Fiberglass shingles have layers of glass fiber instead of paper. Fiberglass shingles are light in weight compared to the organic shingles because it uses less asphalt during the manufacturing process.

Asphalt shingles are wind-resistant. The combination of the nail and adhesive provides resistance against 100 to 220 km/h wind, depending on the quality of the shingles.