Asphalt tiles: $ – $$. Asphalt shingles continue to dominate the North American roofing market for several reasons: they are affordable (and offer great value over their lifetime), they are easy to install, maintain and repair, and they come in a variety of styles and colors.


In addition, asphalt shingles* are available in all North American markets, so you won’t have a problem finding a selection. IKO recommends that they be installed by a qualified roofing professional.


According to Maciek Rupar, Director of Technical Services for the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), “Today’s market offers a wide – and growing – range of residential roofing products. He adds, “While NCRA member contractors are trained and qualified to install a variety of roofing products, when it comes to applications on steep slopes, asphalt shingles remain the product our professionals install the most.


For more up-to-date information on asphalt shingles, visit the Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association *or the Canadian Association of Asphalt Roof Tile Manufacturers. *


Metal: $ – $$$$$. Metal roofs are available in tile-style panels (often made of rolled steel or aluminum) or in larger sheets. The largest metal roofing sheet is the most consolidated type of metal roofing, while the smallest minted panels have been developed in recent decades to simulate the appearance of shingles and slates. Unlike asphalt shingles, steel panels must be treated to be corrosion resistant before being installed. This is done in the factory.


Copper has long been used for roofing, mainly due to its water resistance and malleability. The characteristic green colour and aged copper patina of the roofs can be seen in many historic buildings.


Wooden strips and shingles: $$ – $$$ Wooden strips, one of the first types of roofing used in North America, can give your home a rustic, country look. Cedar is the most commonly used wood species because its inherent oil content provides good weather resistance.


The term “cedar slats” often implies that the wood was split, while the term “cedar shingles” usually indicates that the wood has been cut to the thickness of a tile.


Untreated pine slats began to be used in the 1980s in North America, but they were not good.


Rigid mineral tiles: $$ – $$$. Rigid cement and clay roofing tiles are more common in southern states where it does not snow, due to the traditional architectural style of the homes and the availability of the product, and come in a wide variety of colors and profiles. “Profile” is a common term in industry jargon that refers to the shape or contour of the tile. Since these tiles require specific installation techniques, accessory materials and tools, they are usually installed by professional roofing contractors, not by hobby.