October 26, 2018

Canada Roofing Materials

Do you know the materials used in your average Canadian roofing? Learn if your roof is using the proper materials for your location and climate!

Time to read:
2 Minutes
Written by
Nicholas Capobianco

Most of the homes in Canada are topped off in the same way. Which is with asphalt shingles every ten to twenty years. As roofing experts, we were curious to learn the numbers and stats for the average Canadian roof. Here are the results.

Most Common Materials

Some of the most common roof replacement building materials are Ice & Water, Synthetic Paper, Vents, and of course Asphalt Shingles. Do you know how much of each is used on your roof? Here is all the information about the specialty products used in the Canadian roofing industry (including warranty information):

  • What Shingle Should I Use on my Roof?

You may have never heard of Synthetic Paper, or Ice & Water Shield - but that's probably because you aren't a roofer. These products are vital to a top quality roof installation.

Ice Water

  • Ice water helps to prevent leaks due to water damming in your gutters, wind driven rain, and in the Canada and northern United States of America, damage caused by ice dams in eaves troughs.
  • Is installed in the roof valleys and at the edges of your roof.
  • Anywhere prone to water buildup is a perfect candidate for Ice and Water Shield. Particularly around:
  • Chimneys
  • Skylights
  • Eaves Trough
  • Vents
  • Valleys

Synthetic Paper

  • Provides an extra layer of protection between your shingles and your roof deck. It helps prevent wind-driven rain (or water from other sources) from infiltrating under your shingles and causing damage to your roof structure or the inside of your home. It will also:
  • Lie flatter than conventional organic felt and reduce 'telegraphing' wrinkles
  • Helps allow shingles to lie flat and uniform
  • Result in a better-looking roofing job

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