What’s the Right Roof?

What's the Right Roof?

Choosing the Right Roof for Your Home

A roof that lasts a lifetime starts with choosing the right type of roofing system. But, what’s the right roof? You need to carefully consider the variables such as, materials, orientation of the building, and even aesthetics, when building your perfect residential or commercial roof. The following are some of the factors to consider.

Geographic Location:  

Is the property located on the west or east coast, north or south? Geographic location also includes local considerations, such as the building’s orientation, or if there are nearby trees.

Local Environmental Laws:

What are the environmental laws of the area? What is allowed as far as applications, odors, VOCs?

Building Characteristics:

What are some of the physical characteristics of the building? These include the slope of the roof, the shape of the building, the elevation and the level of accessibility to the roof.


Is the roof visible from the ground or visible from other buildings?  Do you have concerns about looking industrial or do you want more of a green look, with vegetation?

Use of the Roof:

How much foot traffic is going to be on the roof?

Use of the Building:

A hospital or a resort has different concerns with roofing and re-roofing than an office building or a shopping center, as far as disturbance to the inhabitants. A library or a bank will have concerns with the equipment set up, the noise and disturbance to the customers. One roof may be easier and quieter to install than another. When choosing the roof for your home the above issues may not even apply but another set will.


Calgary is known to have frequent incidences of hail, snow and ice. When considering roof systems, owners should choose something suitable for Calgary’s unforgiving weather. Even if the owner is insured against hail damage, what is going to be the effect and  inconvenience of having to go through a partial or complete replacement?

Utility Costs:

Is a reflective/cool roof important? For example, is the facility an office building where the owner is paying the utility cost or is the tenant paying the utility cost? Some owners are very concerned about their tenant’s utility costs as a selling point to keep their occupancy. Others don’t care what their tenants have to pay; they just want a cheap roof.

With extensive roofing experience in the Alberta market, Renoteck can help you with the decision making process. They know the concerns that need to be addressed. Use their knowledge to reach the best roofing choice for you.

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