Yes, it happens to the best of homeowners. At sometime in the future, you’ll have to go through the experience of a roofing Toronto job: either replacing and installing a new roof or have a roofing repair job done. And when that time comes, your next question is, “Should I use shingles or have fa metal roof installed?”

Our article below covers the positives and negatives as expressed by many Canadian roofing contractors. Price wise, geographic factors and trends are not necessarily the same from one locality to another, so let’s start with what dictates whether you’ll need a roof repair or a total roofing installation.

Asphalt Roofing Repair

Without a doubt, roofers, and common sense as well, tell you that an asphalt shingle roof can be repaired–up to a certain point. Easier and less expensive than a metal roof, this is the way to go if there’s only a minor roof repair needed such as having just a few tiles to replace or repair.

That being said, some provinces and territories in Canada mandate that roofing jobs be warranted for 50 longevity; in reality, entire asphalt roofs typically may last for half that time. However, they do stand up to most adverse weather conditions and go well with any home design or color choice.

Metal Roofs: The Pros Outweigh The Cons

Today, there is a real trend by roofing contractors to encourage quality metal roofs, and simply go “green.” Many roofers claim that a metal roof can be expected to easily have more than 50 years of longevity, if not more.

Energy-wise, a 1995 study clearly showed that Canadians having metal roofs saved up to 20 percent on their energy bills as compared to other kinds of roofing. Moreover, a good quality metal roof is truly the best choice for standing up to even the most severe of weather conditions for the longest number of years.

In addition to being fire resistant, having a house with a metal roof and metal sidings obviously prevents insects like termites having feeding frenzies at your expense. They can also be easily maintained at low-cost and are especially excellent for regions subject to severe snowfall, sleet, frost, rain and wind. In addition, sidings that are metal don’t absorb humidity or encourage the growth of mold.

Unfortunately, costs that typically run two, three, or even four times more than asphalts, give homeowners reason to hesitate having them installed.

There are other factors as well to give homeowners food for thought. Working around an existing eavestrough is a daunting experience. After a snow avalanche, the snow can easily rip off the eavestrough and/or damage it severely.

While some asphalt roofs have been known to last longer than a 25-year span, sometimes from 30 to 40 years, if you can budget for a metal roof, then do so. Whether it is tin, aluminum, galvanized steel or copper you decide on, the extra upfront expense may prove more cost-effective in the long run.