Shingle Roofer

4 Pros and Cons of Shingle Roofing

The roof on your home serves a very practical purpose: It keeps your home dry and insulated. Because your roof covers a very large area of your home it also provides an important aesthetic element. With so many options available it can be difficult to know where to begin. When you are in the market for a new roof, shingle roofing can provide both the protection and look you desire. Here are four pros and cons of shingle roofing to help you narrow things down:

1. Basic Fiberglass Shingles

Fiber glass shingles have a very durable fiber glass base for excellent performance and an attractive look for your home.


  • 25 year warranty
  • They come in a number of colours to suit any home
  • 60 MPH wind resistance warranty for 5 years
  • Fire resistant


  • Limited in design
  • No texture to the look and appearance of the tile
  • Tends to absorb heat
  • Can be damaged by prolonged exposure to heat
  • Can be damaged by high winds more easily than other higher end tiles

2. Decorator/Luxury Fiberglass Shingles

Decorator shingles come in a myriad of stunning colours and design choices providing a more high end appearance to your home.


  • Lifetime warranty Shingles
  • Available in many design and colour choices
  • 110 MPH wind resistance warranty for 15 years, but because Wright Brothers Roofing is a Manufacture Certified Company, we actually get them at 130 MPH.
  • Easier to apply as it comes in larger pieces
  • Self-sealing adhesive strips
  • Wider nailing zone


  • Tends to absorb heat
  • Can be damaged by prolonged exposure to heat
  • Can be damaged by high winds
  • The more detailed and unique the design the more expensive the shingle

3. Steel Shingles

Steel shingles provide a unique appearance as well as exceptional durability with the longest lasting warranty in shingle roofing.


  • 50 year warranty
  • Available in many colours
  • 60 percent lighter than asphalt shingles
  • Made in Canada
  • Stays cool and deflects heat
  • No curling, rotting, breaking, cracking, chipping, perforating or peeling
  • Keeps home cooler in the summer


  • More expensive than other shingles available
  • Difficult to install
  • Does not suit all tastes

4. Cedar Shingles

Cedar shingles are less practical but offer a distinct, traditional look.


  • Upscale look
  • Breathable material


  • Prone to mould and mildew
  • Requires upkeep with regular treatment
  • Expensive
  • Hard to install

Shingle roofing is available to suitable any taste or budget from a basic roof with a clean look and excellent protection to a more upscale look with longer life.