Every Calgary AB homeowner has a huge selection to choose from when it comes to finding excellent roofing. From simple types of roof shingles to double-layered and laminated architectural variants, homeowners will definitely find the perfect roof shingle that suits their home.

However, it can be difficult to choose from many types of roof shingles especially if you’re rushing to build or replace your old roof. To make things easier, it pays to know about each type of roof shingle available in the market.

Home Stratosphere has a great post about the different types of roof shingles that can help you know more about them. Read an excerpt below.

18 Different Types of Roof Shingles (Pros, Cons & Costs)

Whoa, I bet you didn’t think there were 18 types of roof shingles. Well there are and we set them all out here and explain the benefits, pros cons and cost.

Types of Residential Roofing Shingles

There are different types of shingles available for use in roofing. These shingles differ from one type to the other and it is important to consider the pros and cons of each type to guide your selection of the type that’s most suited for your roofing design.

1. Asphalt shingles

Three asphalt shingle styles:

a. 3-Tab

b. Architectural Shingle

c. Hip and Ridge

These are the most widely used type of shingles among homeowners. They combine versatility in design, low cost pricing and ease of installation making them a go to roofing option to many.

Pros and cons of asphalt shingles

  • As the most common and popular roofing option, it is fairly easy to find a roofer who can make repairs.
  • They are very easy to install and remove, decreasing the amount of time that you will have people working on your roof.
  • These can be installed on top of themselves in some circumstances, further speeding up the process of roof installation.
  • Will help to deflect UV rays, cooling your home and keeping the roof from damage.
  • Only last for about twenty years, depending on weather, before they will need to be replaced.
  • Bad hail or high winds can easily damage the granules and shingles, resulting in the need for repair.
  • Any impact from trees, heavy limbs, or large hail can break the shingles and this can easily cause a leak.

Asphalt shingles are fairly inexpensive. They cost between $80 and $100 per square (100 sq. ft.), and a professional installation fee of $1,700 – $8,400. When coated, these architectural roofing shingles can meet the standards for a cool roof as set out by the Energy Star, and this can earn you a rebate. They however need to be used in fairly temperate climates that do not experience very extreme weather changes. Compared to the more premium roofing materials like cedar shakes, metal, slate and clay tiles, asphalt shingles tend to be less durable with a relatively short life span of 20 to 30 years.

There are different types of asphalt roof shingles: 3-tab shingles, fiberglass and organic shingles. On average, 3-tab asphalt shingles cost between $2,300 – $5,300 to install, which is fairly inexpensive. They have cutouts that run along their bottom edge. These gives one shingle the look of three different shingles when they are installed.

Fiberglass asphalt shingles cost slightly more than 3-tab asphalt shingles to install, at $3,800 – $8,000. They are made from a base mat of fiberglass and are layered with some waterproof coating. Fiberglass shingles are fire resistant, resistant to and UV rays, lightweight and durable, with a longer warranty compared to other forms of asphalt shingles.

Organic asphalt shingles on the other hand are made from wood chips, felt, recycled cardboard or paper soaked in asphalt. The asphalt-soaked organic material is then coated with an additional thick layer of asphalt followed by another layer of ceramic granules. This way the organic asphalt shingle is waterproof and can quite well endure various elements of weather.

Though they are not as long lasting as fiberglass, organic asphalt shingles are inexpensive and preferred by many builders for their aesthetic features.

2. Slate shingles (Read More Here)

You may be wondering why so many Calgary AB homeowners find asphalt roofing advantageous. While the earlier post had shown you some advantages of different types of roof shingles, it pays to see the clear picture of why asphalt roofing, in general, is an excellent roofing material for residential properties.

AsphaltRoofing.org has a great breakdown on why asphalt roofing is an excellent roofing material. Read it below!

Benefits of Asphalt Roofing

Whether you’re installing a residential or commercial roof, asphalt provides a number of benefits to roofing professionals, building owners, business owners and homeowners.

When it comes to selecting a residential roofing system, asphalt shingles continue to raise the B.A.R., providing a Beautiful, Affordable and Reliable roofing solution for any home. In addition to having a variety of styles, textures, and colors to choose from, asphalt roofing shingles are cost-effective, durable and easy to maintain.

Some varieties of asphalt shingles are manufactured to resemble tile, wood, cedar shakes or slate, while providing more benefits than these other roofing materials. Neither metal nor concrete tiles match asphalt roofing for its overall combination of beauty, durability and longevity. Asphalt shingles also possess a greater ease of installation and require less maintenance than metal and concrete.


  • Wide array of rich, gorgeous colors
  • Wide selection of textures
  • Huge choice of shingle styles
  • Look like wood, cedar, or slate


  • Very affordable
  • Many pricing options
  • Cost-effective
  • Superb value


  • 100-year proven track record in North America
  • Long life-expectancy
  • Ideal weight; not too heavy or too light
  • Fewer leak problems
  • Durable
  • Excellent uplift resistance
  • Excellent fire resistance


  • Ease of installation
  • Ease of repair
  • Low maintenance
  • No additional structure required to carry weight
  • No need for ice stops
  • Wide availability of products
  • Wide availability of qualified installers

Recyclability (Read More Here)

Now, you’ve probably decided on which from the types of roof shingles you’ll need to use. However, you want to know how to install these materials up on your roof the right way. Sure, it might look complicated, but installing all types of roof shingles is no rocket science. In fact, it never is especially if you have the right tools, understanding of the installation process, and knowledge in doing it.

Modernize has an excellent introductory guide to installing asphalt shingle roofs. Read the condensed version below.

How to Install Roofing Shingles

Learning how to install roofing shingles can help you save money on your roofing project. Shingle roofing is one of the simpler types of roofing to install on a home and it’s the kind that most homeowners can work up the courage to actually attempt. This professional guide will teach you exactly how to install roof shingles yourself. If you are considering installing asphalt shingles on your roof, learn the steps involved with a quality roof installation and then decide whether or not you really want to tackle the project yourself or if you would like to get free quotes from local roofing installation contractors above. In this guide you will learn things like:

  • How Many Shingles Do I Need
  • How to Install Roof Flashing
  • How to Install Roof Underlayment
  • How to Install the Asphalt Shingles

It’s always smart to get roofing price quotes from at least four pre screened and licensed asphalt roof installation professionals before starting your project in order to get the best price.

Let Modernize help you do that in a few easy steps:

Step 1: Calculating – How Many Shingles Do I Need?

How to Measure Your Roof:

  • Use a tape measurer to find the length and width of each section of your roof.
  • Multiply each section of your Roof’s Length x Roof’s Width = Roof’s Surface Area (of that section.)
  • Repeat for each section of your roof.
  • Add all of the Roof Surface Area section’s together = Roof’s Surface Space (ft.)
  • Divide Roof’s Surface Space/100 = Square feet also known as Squares
  • For example: a 10 Square Roof is actually 1000 sq. ft overall.
  • Use this number to buy the correct amount of asphalt roofing shingles & underlayment to cover your total roof area + 10%.

Before you learn how to install roof shingles and actually start the process of installing them on your home, you have to know how many you need. If you don’t already have a measurements that you can use—like paperwork from prior roofing work—you should measure your roof.

The simplest way to get the area of your roof will likely require you climbing up with your tape measure and getting help from a friend or family member. This may be a job best left to the pros if you have any safety concerns about being on a roof. Measure the length and the width of each section of your roof and multiply the two dimensions together. This gives you the roof’s surface area of that individual section of roofing. Add all the roof’s areas together to find out exactly how much roof surface space there is overall. Do this in feet and then divide the total that you come up with by 100 to get your figure from square feet to what is known as squares. A 10 square roof is actually 1,000 square feet overall.

When you know how much square footage you have to cover you can buy your shingles and your underlayment. Just be sure that you buy enough to cover your total roof area plus 10%. That ensures that you’ll have enough roofing to completely get the job done. Once you have this knowledge down, you should be able to start the first step of learning how to install roof shingles like a pro.

Step 2: Install the Flashing on Your Roof (Read More Here)

After reading the installation process, you’re now ready to install your brand new asphalt roof shingles. However, if you don’t have the time to spare, tools to use, and experience to finish it within a short deadline, it always pays to work with the best asphalt shingle roofers in Calgary AB.

No Payne Roofing has more than 10 years of experience roofing residential properties with different types of roof shingles. Work with us today — contact us now!