Roofing and Siding FAQs

As professional roofing contractors we are constantly being asked questions about roofing (which we love). Our goal at Top Choice Roofing is to educate homeowners on everything there is to know about replacing and maintaining a roof. Below are some of the most common roofing questions our team get asked.

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Frequently Asked Questions - Roofing and Siding

How long does a roof last ?

By far the most popular question asked, and in general slate, copper and metal roofing system can last more than 50 years with proper care, wood shake shingles will hold up for around 30 years and asphalt is can last anywhere from 15 – 40 years depending on the type of shingles used. Based on the weather conditions in your area, these figures may increase or decrease.

How long does a shingle roof last ?

Roofs made from asphalt shingles last about 15 to 18 years, those of laminate can do a bit better at 24-30 years, but wood and metal roofs outlast them all with 30-40 year lasting power. The clay tiles on the other hand average around 50 years lifespan.

How much does a new roof cost ?

Installation prices for an asphalt shingle roof depends on the size of your home and the type of material used. The average cost of shingling a home last year was approximately $5,750 with the majority falling between five and seven thousand dollars.

Do light-colored shingles last longer than darker shingles ?

Lighter materials on roofs, such as lighter tiles or shingles, don’t absorb sunlight as a dark roof does. Instead of absorbing it and heating up the house inside during hot weather days in the summertime, they reflect that very light back into the sky instead which helps save energy bills for homeowners over a period of years.

How often should I have a roof inspection ?

A professional should inspect your roof at least once per year, while you as the building owner need to take on annual care of all aspects of it. Most people hire professionals in spring or fall because these are when they tend to do thorough inspections and handle repairs if needed.

Does replacing a roof add value to my home ?

Studies have found that on average, a new roof will increase the value of a detached home by $15k.

What is a roof tune-up ?

Roof tune-ups are performed to improve the quality of your roof and increase its longevity. Roof inspections usually include securing loose shingles, replacing missing or rusty nails, and repairing flashing on gutters.

Will Vinyl siding fade from sun exposure ?

Over time, all of the elements can suck colour out of the vinyl siding and fade it. The sun’s rays will break down its appearance over years, especially when exposed to rain or snow for long periods. However, soft washing with gentle chemicals can keep your siding looking new while regular vinegar washes are also recommended in order to prevent fading and oxidation caused by UV light exposure

How to clean siding ?

Use a soft cloth or long-handled, soft bristle brush for most siding materials. For textured surfaces, use a soft bristle brush to keep your grooves clean. Start at the top of your house and work down while rinsing away any cleaning solution that may be still present before it dries.

How long does vinyl siding last ?

Due to the high-quality construction of vinyl siding, it can last over 60 years. It is recommended you perform maintenance repairs every few decades and keep up with regular cleaning so that your investment lasts as long as possible.

How much does siding cost ?

The average cost of installing siding on an entire home is $10,750, this price will vary based on the size of your home and the type of material used. Vinyl and engendered wood are the most common types of materials used to side houses.

Can you paint vinyl siding ?

It’s possible to paint your vinyl siding and it is done by many homeowners. However, before you open the paint can to repaint your vinyl siding, weigh the pros and cons. Painting a house is not reversible so take some time to think before starting this project that will change your home forever!

What is the best season to perform a roof tune-up ?

Spring is the best time for roofers to conduct their maintenance program. With mild temperatures and no snow, they’ll be able to access your entire home easily without having to fight harsh weather conditions that can damage roofs in winter or summer storms.

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Why Top Choice Roofing and Siding?


Top Choice Roof and Siding have the experience and expertise to guide you every step of the way while providing personalized service tailored to meet all your needs – from start to finish, our team is here for you!


At Top Choice Roof and Siding, we offer our clients a variety of roofing and siding options to choose from. Your home should be an extension of you, choose the perfect material, design and colours to meet your style and needs.


Our Top Choice installation team is comprised of experienced roofers and exterior finishing specialists. The quality of any renovation project goes beyond just the materials used, the installation process and knowhow make a difference.