5 Materials the Professionals Recommend for Your Roof

Three Best Rated® sits down with three award-winning roofing contractors to get their favorite materials to use on a roof.

​​​Almost everyone can agree that having a functional, safe roof is one of the most important things in a house. If it was improperly installed, used poor quality materials, or has the wrong materials for the climate, the roof will wear down quickly and become unsafe. This is why it’s so important to hire a trustworthy roofing company that will take the time to explain the different types of roofs and factors to watch out for. Three Best Rated® decided to sit down with three award-winning roofers to get just that.

Fiberglass shingles

The best roof for the lowest price will have to go to fiberglass shingles. Almost every single manufacturer makes fiberglass, so the customer will have a lot of options to pick the color and style they like. “They are affordable, quick to install, and easy to repair,” Mike Cheema of Busy Boys Roofing Ltd. explains. This roof is the best for a household on a budget. However, make sure you hire a reputable roofing company! “Every fiberglass shingle has a nailing zone,” Cheema explains. “If the installer puts nails outside the zone then over time it can start leaking, and with heavy wind it can be blown away.”

Synthetic underlay

Before installing the shingles, a roofer will put an underlay on. This helps give the roofs an extra level of protection that can’t be achieved with shingles alone. There are many different types of underlays available, with the two most common being felt paper and synthetic. “We... insist on using a synthetic underlay as opposed to felt paper,” said Kelly Matthews of Alpineroofs.ca. “Synthetic underlay carries a 20-year warranty, where felt paper has none. If you read the warranty specs for singles, the manufacturers require this product to be used to have a valid shingle warranty.” Also, synthetic underlays are more weather resistant than their felt paper counterpart.

Gutter Guard

While worrying about the shingles, many people often neglect to think about another important part of the roof – the gutters. A gutter guard is a simple solution to help keep leaves, sticks, and other debris out of the gutters. “This saves you precious time and money,” says Certified Roofing & Exteriors, “and will also prevent rusting of the troughs, maintaining beauty and extending the life of your investment.” A gutter guard helps homeowners by keeping the gutters clean, which will in turn help direct water away from the house.

Flat Roof (torch on)

A flat roof is made of 2 or more layers that is sealed using a gas torch (hence, torch on). It is popular with a lot of industrial buildings and modern buildings. “It’s waterproof, designed for all climates as it expands in heat and contact in the cold,” says Cheema. “This gives it a long lifespan.” This roof is great for places that experience all four seasons, all while giving the house a modern look. However, it can quickly get very expensive as it requires extra training for the crew and increased insurance cost. This roof can balance that out with its versatility and long life span.

Hot Dipped Nails

Everything on a roof, even down to the nails, are vitally important. “We use hot dipped nails,” Matthews says. “This may seem like a small difference, but it is actually important.” Hot dipped nails are made by dipping nails into molten zinc. The result is a stronger, rust-resistant nail. “If any moisture gets into the attic... regular nails will rust, then the heads can literally pop off,” explains Matthews. By using hot dipped nails, the nails will no longer rust and remain more viable for the roof’s lifespan.

About Mike Cheema

Mike Cheema opened Busy Boys Roofing in 1994. He was an independent roofing contractor, operating 2 separate teams with Sears from 1996 – 2008. After he left Sears, he grew his team to 12 members, operating 4 separate crews. Mike Cheema enjoys the respect of the community of Greater Vancouver and has numerous satisfied customers. They are certified roofing installers from several major shingle manufacturers. Their excellence is acknowledged by Three Best Rated® which rates them as one of the three best roofing contractors in Surrey, B.C.

3418 164A Street
Surrey, BC V3Z 0G5
Phone: 604-418-5500
Email: mike@busyboysroofing.com

About Kelly Matthews

Kelly Matthew starting in the roofing business in 2004 working for another company. A year later and Matthews decided to try his hand at opening his own company that would align with his values as a business owner. Alpineroofs.ca has now been proudly serving the Nanaimo area for 15 years. Alpineroofs.ca has a simple goal of being the last roof a customer will ever install – not just the next roof. Kelly Matthews refuses to cut corners and uses only 100% Canadian materials from Canadian suppliers. Alpineroofs.ca prides themselves on their customer service and attention to detail! They have been recognized for their excellence and were named one of the top three roofing contractors in Nanaimo, BC by Three Best Rated®.

1548 Extension Road
Nanaimo, BC V9X 1A7
Phone: 250-754-7663
Email: kmatthews1966@hotmail.com

About Certified Roofing & Exteriors

Certified Roofing & Exteriors services the Windsor/Essex county. They strive to provide their customers with an excellent and professional experience. They make a point to have excellent customer service and will communicate with the customer every step of the way. Certified Roofing’s goal is to make their customer’s roofing experience as easy and hassle-free as possible. They understand that their customers are trusting them with their home and they take that responsibility very seriously. Three Best Rated® has recognized their excellence and named them one of the top three roofing contractors in Windsor, ON.

2441 Buckingham Drive
Windsor, ON N8T 2B4
Phone: 226-674-3489
Email: certifiedroofingwindsor@gmail.com

Source: Three Best Rated

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