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It goes without saying that a new roof is one of the most important investments you will make, so it only makes sense to make sure it’s well worth it. In today’s post, local siding and roofing company Century Roofing and Siding shares the qualities that you should look for in a good asphalt shingle roof.

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Weather Resistance

Extreme cold seems to put all manner of roofing systems to the test. When comparing asphalt shingle roofing systems, look for features such as wind resistance and other weather-related ratings. Investing in that higher rating can mean the difference between minor repairs and an unplanned roof replacement.


If you’re like most people, you probably want your home to stand out from the neighborhood. Fortunately, companies like GAF are producing a wide variety of colors, styles and profiles that will fit every budget and home style. Even their traditional three-tab shingles are available in many colors, which allows more flexibility in matching them with other exterior components like gutters and siding.

Ease of Installation

You’re not expected to install your own roof, but nevertheless you will want one that won’t take weeks to finish. This is where complete roofing systems, like the GAF Lifetime Roofing System, have a clear advantage. All components are designed to work as a whole, and when installed by a GAF Master Elite® contractor like us, the process is streamlined without compromising quality. 

Energy Efficiency

The right kind of roof can help you save on your cooling costs during the summer season. Certain types of asphalt shingles have reflective properties, which helps reduce solar heat absorption—heat that can radiate indoors even after sundown—and help reduce indoor cooling requirements. Such roofs are also less vulnerable to damage caused by UV rays, and therefore may have significantly longer service lives.


Every roof comes with a warranty, but they’re not the same. A good asphalt shingle warranty should, at the very least, have coverage for the roofing system, its accessories and installation. Coverage for installation is especially important, as roofing failure is often caused by installation errors more often than manufacturing defects.

Century Roofing and Siding Ltd. is your leading provider of roofing and gutter services, including eavestrough cleaning. Give us a call at (613) 738-1774. You can also fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment. We serve customers in Ottawa, Ontario and the surrounding communities.