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5 Roofing Options for a New Home in Ontario

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A house isn’t finished until there’s a roof overhead. Ontario home builders have more options than ever when it comes to roofing, each with advantages and disadvantages. Wondering which is right for your home? These are some of the most common roof options for new homes in Ontario.

Asphalt Shingles (Traditional/Organic)

By far the most popular roofing option in Ontario, traditional asphalt shingles are vibrant and versatile. Traditional asphalt shingles are also known as ‘organic’ shingles to distinguish them from the fibreglass variety. They tend to have a granular texture.

Advantages of Traditional/Organic Asphalt Roofing:

  • Very affordable. Traditional asphalt is the least costly type of shingle on the market.
  • Weatherproof. Compared to fibreglass shingles, traditional asphalt holds up better to cold temperatures.
  • Colourful. Traditional asphalt comes in a rainbow of colours, making them suitable for just about any style of home.

Disadvantages of Traditional Asphalt Roofing:

  • Relatively short-lived. Other roofing options have more longevity than traditional asphalt shingles, which are designed to last between 15 and 20 years.
  • Flammable. Since traditional asphalt shingles use a felt or paper mat, they are less flame-resistant than many other types of shingles.

Asphalt Shingle (Fiberglass)

Fiberglass Asphalt Roofing

Fibreglass asphalt shingles consist of a durable fibreglass mat covered in a blend of asphalt and colourful granules. They have the same outer appearance as traditional asphalt and are installed the same way.

Advantages of Fiberglass Asphalt Roofing:

  • Fire-resistant. The materials are far less flammable than those used in traditional asphalt tiles, and less likely to curl or melt under extreme heat.
  • Durable. Fibreglass shingles are tough, standing up to harsh wind and hail.
  • Colourful. This roofing option is available in just as wide a range of shades as traditional asphalt.

Disadvantages of Fiberglass Asphalt Roofing:

  • Weak to extreme cold. The rigid composition of fibreglass shingles makes them vulnerable to become brittle and break in extremely low temperatures, which can be a problem for homeowners in Ontario.
  • Algae-prone. The alkaline substances contained in fibreglass shingles makes them more prone to grow algae, so they may require more cleaning than other roof options.

Wood Shingles

Few roofing options match the natural beauty of authentic wood shingles. Wood roofing can be painted or stained to create a unique look. Cedar is among the most popular wood choices for its durability.

Advantages of Wood Roofing:

  • Well-insulated. Wood shingles are highly effective in keeping cool air in during the summer and retaining heat during the winter, lowering energy costs and reducing the home’s carbon footprint.
  • Environmentally friendly. Completely natural and recyclable, wood shingles are a great choice for eco-conscious home builders.

Disadvantages of Wood Roofing :

  • Flammable. Although wood shingles are often treated with flame retardant, they remain a risky roofing option for homeowners in fire-prone areas.
  • High-maintenance. Homeowners must continually maintain the varnish, paint or stain topcoat to protect the roof from insects, cracking or warping.
  • Costly. Wood shingles are an unconventional roofing option, and the cost reflects this exclusivity.

Metal Roofing

Metal is an increasingly popular roof option for new homes in Ontario. It is available in a wide range of colours and number of metals, including copper, tin, aluminium, and galvanized steel.

Advantages of Metal Roofing:

  • Very durable. Metal roofing is completely resistant to rot, cracking, insects, mildew, algae, and UV rays. It is also fireproof.
  • Long-lasting. With proper installation and maintenance, a metal roof can last over 50 years.
  • Environmentally friendly. Metal roofing is completely recyclable, and it reduces the cost of cooling a house by reflecting radiant solar heat.

Disadvantages of Metal Roofing:

  • Noisy. Some homeowners find the sound of rain and hail bouncing off a metal roof to be quite loud. The noise can be mitigated through sheathing or insulation, but this increases the cost.
  • Slippery. Metal roofing is very slippery, especially in wet or snowy conditions. Homeowners will likely need to hire a professional for any rooftop maintenance.
  • Falling snow hazard. Snow can accumulate at the edge of a metal roof until it slides off in large pieces, potentially damaging cars or decks below.

Slate Shingles

Smooth and elegant, slate shingles are a unique, natural roofing option. However, it can be difficult to find a local roofer with experience installing them.

Advantages of Slate Roofing:

  • Very long-lasting. A well-maintained slate roof has been known to last longer than any other roofing option.
  • Completely fireproof. Since it is made of natural stone, a slate roof is in no danger of catching flame.

Disadvantages of Slate Roofing:

  • Heavy. Installing slate shingles requires reinforcing the roof to support the weight of the stone.
  • Easily damaged. While slate can last for many decades, its rigidity makes it vulnerable to breaking under pressure. A tradesperson who does not have experience with slate roofs can easily break shingles just from walking on them.
  • Costly. Like wood shingles, the exclusivity of slate shingles sets the price point higher than almost all other roofing options in Ontario.

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    Where can I get a price list or How come your website doesn’t show pricing?

    Prices vary geographically, depending on where you are building. With the amount of options available, price lists run into thousands of options. Prices change with the options you choose. The best way to get an idea on pricing would be to contact our Design Centre nearest to where you are building.

    What is your average square foot selling price?

    Prices for a complete home, including foundation vary from $200 sq-ft to over $300 because our homes are all custom built, we can design a home to fit your budget.

    Why should I buy from you over a conventional or "Stick-Builder"?

    The advantages of prefab include building in a climate controlled environment, using environmentally friendly products which reduces waste and a CSA monitored quality controlled program. There is less time start to finish, with less disruption to neighborhood. We also sell at a firm price.

    Do your homes include a foundation?

    Yes our homes include full foundation and basement.

    How long does it take to build a Royal Home?

    It takes less than two weeks to build a home in our factory, but the process from start to finish is very dependent on the timing of obtaining a building permit. For most of our clients the process from start to delivery is twelve to sixteen weeks with move in eight to twelve weeks thereafter.

    What size homes do you build?

    As a custom builder we can build any size home but generally the average size range is between 1300 and 3500 sq feet.

    Do you build garages?

    Yes. Garages are built on site after the home is delivered.

    Are the homes energy efficient?

    Building a prefab home in a factory assures the highest attention to sealing the building envelope and ensures that the cold stays out.

    Since your homes are so energy efficient and air tight, how do you get fresh air?

    All our homes have HRV heat recovery ventilator air exchanger to remove stale air, and introduce fresh air.

    Where can I put a prefab home?

    Anywhere in Ontario you like.

    Can I really customize my prefab home?

    Yes, we use state of the art custom design software, today no two homes are built alike.

    Do you finish the basement?

    Yes. We can customize your basement to the finishes you desire.

    Are Royal Homes built to code?

    All Royal Homes are individually designed to meet all provincial and municipal building codes for your specific lot location.

    Do you build stick-built or conventional homes as well?

    We are a custom home builder first and use prefabricated components wherever we can, because it is a better way to build. If you have a remote site or custom home design with large open spaces we would look at what makes most sense for that design and location. This could include prebuilt panels or partially site built specific rooms.

    What makes the building process environmentally friendly?

    Waste in the factory is separated and recycled, reducing the impact on landfills. This has less disruption in terms of noise and time at job site. Building prefab allows for higher energy efficient homes and reduced heating costs.

    How is your home delivered?

    Our home is delivered by way of custom designed hydraulic flatbed trailers and precisely craned onto the foundation.

    Can you make changes or custom design?

    Yes, clients are given preliminary plans to review and changes are welcome and easily accommodated.