How Much Does it Cost to Shingle a Roof in Edmonton? - Brown's Roofing

Roofing Edmonton | How Much Does it Cost to Shingle a Roof in Edmonton? Part Two

Part two of this two part series explores the various factors when it comes to pricing out a new roof. In the previous article, roofing Edmonton company Brown’s Roofing discussed roof size, roof slope, roof complexity and shingle type, in this article, we will look at:

  • Decking (or Sheathing)
  • Underlayment
  • Roof Accessories
  • Removal of the Old Roof

Roof Decking

Many people don’t even think about the decking of their roofs – out of site is out of mind. However, to ensure a roof is waterproof and sturdy, these components must be well done. Roof decking is also called sheathing and is actually the base layer of the roof. This is what is attached to the roof’s trusses or rafters. It is what the roofers will attach the underlayment and shingles to, and is very important explains roofing Edmonton company Brown’s Roofing. Not only will the roofing materials need to be attached to the sheathing, but it will also distribute the weight of the roof’s components evenly. This is crucial for ensuring the roof’s stability as well as its load bearing capacity.


The underlayment is what helps the roof remain waterproof. Underlayment is the waterproof barrier that is installed directly onto the decking or sheathing before the shingles are applied. While the shingles are the primary layer of protection against moisture, the underlayment is the secondary layer or protection, helping keep moisture out. Whether the moisture is from seepage, leaks or wind-driven rain. If the shingles become damaged in a storm, the underlayment is what will keep the house dry. It is installed as overlapping rows, with the top row being on the outside to help keep the water away from the building’s interior.

Roofing Edmonton | Underlayment Material

There are two types of underlayment to choose from:

  • Felt Paper: which is asphalt-saturated felt. This not only is this the traditional option, it’s also the most economical option. Made from both natural and synthetic materials that have been impregnated with asphalt. This creates a water resistant product available in various weights, with the heavier options providing more protection.
  • Synthetic Underlayment: this newer underlayment option is made from polyethylene or polypropylene. The benefit of the synthetic option is that they are more durable, lighter, UV resistant and less prone to tearing during installation.

Your roofing Edmonton company will discuss the two options with you if you have any questions or concerns. They will usually make a recommendation for your situation, as different types of underlayment will work best for certain types of roofs. For example, Brown’s Roofing always uses a synthetic underlayment, as it is more durable, and easier to install.

Roof Accessories

Roof accessories play an important role in the functioning of your roof. Accessories like ridge vents, gooseneck vents, exhaust vents, flashing, drip edge, gutter systems, snow guards and roof coatings. These accessories ensure proper ventilation as well as protect against leaks. Make sure you understand on your roof quote what roof accessories are on the quote.

Some roofing Edmonton companies like Brown’s Roofing offer many of these accessories as a standard part of their roofing price, as they ensure the roof functions properly and your building remains waterproof. If you are comparing quotes with other roofing companies, make sure you know what accessories are included – or not – in the price.

Removal of Old Roof

If you are getting a new roof, you will need to have the current roof removed first, before installing new underlayment and shingles. The roofing Edmonton company will typically want to see the current state of the roof, in order to properly access how much time they will need in order to remove the old roof. They will also dispose of the old roof properly, and that involves cordoning off the area to protect the property from falling debris. They may use tarps or plywood to cover windows, landscaping and the lawn.

Once the old roof is removed, they will assess the decking to see if there are any signs of damage, decay or rot. If the decking needs to be repaired or replaced, that must be done before they can start working on putting the underlayment and shingles. Roof removal is labour intensive, and time consuming. It should only be handled by experienced roofing Edmonton companies to ensure it’s done safely, efficiently, and without damaging the decking, the roof structure or the property as a whole.

In Conclusion

Ultimately, while roofing materials and labour are what drive the cost of roofs by any roofing Edmonton company, seeing what’s involved in the material choices, and why there are various labour costs, it’s easy to understand what goes into pricing a roof in Edmonton. If you do have any questions, please reach out to Brown’s Roofing. They are extremely experienced and knowledgeable and are passionate about helping you find the best roof for your home or business!