Most of us worry more about the décor inside our homes than what’s on the outside. Certainly, we pick colors for our siding and perhaps choose some pretty shingles for our windows. We pay attention to the shrubs and plants in our yard and make sure lighting is sufficient for making our way around the back yard.

But how about the roof? Roofing isn’t something to which we often give lots of thought but, truth is, there are plenty of different kinds of roofs available and some types and materials may be better for your home and more amenable to the climate you live in than other types. Furthermore, an interesting roof can change the look of your home for the better, making you the envy of the neighborhood.

Let’s examine some of your options.

Asphalt shingles

Asphalt shingles are a time-tested, long-lasting option for roofing. They’re flexible and affordable and are just as trendy now as they were 10, 20, 30 years ago or more. One of the best things about asphalt is that it survives just about any weather, including Western Canada’s sometimes extreme conditions.

Furthermore, asphalt shingles are available in a huge variety of styles and colors so you can have fun by choosing something a little different, something that perhaps offers an interesting contrast to the other colors on the exterior of your home. While neutral tones were long popular, today’s trends include darker, brighter colors that can be quite striking.

Shake shingles

If it’s rustic you seek, you’ll be happy to know that shake shingles are still in style, especially for homes with a country feel, though they complement a variety of styles of homes. Usually made of cedar, they vary in cut and shape, which makes your roof like quite unique.

Cedar shake shingles are highly resistant to insects and hold up quite well in wind though moisture can sometimes be a concern. On average, they last about 25-30 years when properly maintained and are naturally insulating, much more so than asphalt. They are definitely more expensive than asphalt shingles but could certainly increase the value of your home in the long run.

Metal roofing

If you’re looking for visual appeal combined with high functionality, metal roofing may be the choice for you. Metal roofing materials are durable and versatile and certainly eye-catching and they seem to be on the road back to popularity these days.

Typically, metal roofs can be made from aluminum, steel, copper, or alloy strips and are offered in many shapes and textures, making them especially interesting. They really let you exercise your creativity and make your home stand out…if that’s what you’re aiming for. Furthermore, homeowners like metal roofs because they repel moisture/rain rather than absorbing it. This means there’s less of a chance for a leak than with asphalt or shake roofs.

Purchasing a metal roof will require a little more money upfront as opposed to going with a shingle or shake roof but most who’ve gone in this direction will agree that it’s well worth the expense. Metal roofs require relatively little maintenance as the years go by (often none at all) and the average lifespan of a metal roof is about a half-century, which is longer than most people live in their home.

And if you’re concerned about sustainability, you should know that many metal roofs contain recycled materials. Furthermore, you can recycle it again once it’s removed at the end of its life.

Eco-friendly roofing

Speaking of sustainability, if protecting the earth is high on your list you might want to consider synthetic roofing materials, which are largely made of plastic and rubber as well as other recycled materials. Also available in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors, synthetic roofing is super durable and can look quite trendy or very traditional, depending on your preference. Furthermore, they’re very affordable.

For something super eco-friendly albeit a little “out there”, a “green” roof could be your answer. They’ve been popular on office buildings for a few decades now but we’re seeing them on private residences more often these days. They’re unusual but pretty, are very durable, and provide your home with natural insulation.


These are just a few of the roofing material options you can choose. You can also make a statement with interesting roof lines, mixed materials, and a variety of other options for the “top” of your home. Let us tell you more about this year’s roofing trends and how they can enhance the custom home of your dreams. For more information, call the pros at F.M. Construction at 604-880-4081 and get a better idea of our process.