The Importance of Winter-Proof Roofing Shingles in Calgary

The Importance of Winter-Proof Roofing Shingles in Calgary

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The snow is glittering down in Calgary, and the fresh, crisp scent of winter is in the air. It’s all beautiful and lovely until – the roof of a nearby house caves in.

Don’t worry; winter-proof roofing shingles can help avoid this.

Here, we’ll detail exactly why you should spend the money and time on shingles, especially if you live in Calgary. When we’re done, you’ll never have to worry about your own roof caving in again.

What Exactly Are Winter-Proof Roofing Shingles?

There are several types of roofing shingles, each with its own advantages and disadvantages. However, some are more suitable for cold weather climates, making them “winter proof.”

  • Tile Shingles – These shingles are fantastic for extreme weather, but they come with a heavy weight–literally. It’s important that homeowners have sturdy houses that can support the roof’s weight.
  • Slate Shingles – Slate is extremely durable and resistant to water and cold damage. Like tile shingles, they are also heavy and require a sound structure.
  • Metal Shingles – Metal shingles are durable and easily keep snow at bay. Furthermore, they rarely experience leaks.

Other types of shingles ideal for winter or cold climates include composite and ceramic shingles.

Why Do You Need Winter-Proof Shingles?

Selecting the right roofing materials can be tricky, but here we’ll outline just why these shingles are perfect for Calgary residents.

Long-Term Cost

Did you know that in 2014 the average roof replacement cost $18,913?

Yes, winter-proof shingles typically cost more upfront, but that money is paid back in the long run. Inexpensive roofing options, such as asphalt, may be less costly when installed, but they also won’t last very long. Asphalt shingles only last 20 to 30 years!

Now consider slate shingles (which have a lifespan of anywhere between 50 to 100 years) and metal shingles (which have a lifespan of about 50 years). That’s a lot less roof-replacing, folks.


Winter-proof options also eliminate repairs from materials that don’t handle cold temperatures well.

We don’t think of snow as being “heavy,” but when large amounts of it sit on a roof, it can cause incredible damage. This is also where winter-friendly shingles come to the rescue.

Many types, such as metal and tile shingles, allow snow to slide right off the roof, eliminating the need for snow removal and the worry of sagging roofs or cracked foundations.

Goodbye other costly repairs.

Safety and Durability

Many winter-proof roofing shingles are also excellent in terms of safety and durability.

For example, metal roofs will not ignite or feed fires; they’ll also stand up to snow storms or other harsh conditions better. And slate roofing is renowned for its durability. In fact, freelance architecture Murrye Bernards writes it “will probably outlast your house.

FEMA states, “Tile, metal, and slate roofing materials are more expensive than asphalt or wood shingles. However, if you need to replace your roofing, it may be worthwhile to pay a little more for the added protection these materials provide.”

Get Ready for Snow

Are you ready to fend off the snow?

Are you willing to save money and have a durable, long-lasting roof?

If so, contact us to have a consultation. We’ll help you decide what option is right for you.