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

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

Pricing a shingled roof involves many various considerations that roofing Edmonton companies like Brown’s Roofing take into account in order to provide you, the consumer with an accurate estimate. In this two part series, we look at the numerous factors that are considered when pricing out the various roofs in Edmonton.

The key factors that influence the price of a roof are:

  1. Roof Size
  2. Roof Slope
  3. Roof Complexity
  4. Shingle Type
  5. Underlayment
  6. Decking
  7. Roof Accessories
  8. Removal of Old Roof

Roof Size

The size of the roof is a significant factor in determining the cost. Larger roofs will require more shingles, nails, underlay and even the materials used to protect the property. The more materials needed, the more the roof is going to cost. As well, it will take more time to put a new roof on a larger space. The roofing Edmonton company will either need to bring in more labourers, increasing the labour cost. And if they don’t bring in more workers, then it will take longer to complete, also increasing the labour cost.

This is the reason that knowing the roof square footage will be so important for the roofing company to have in order to return an accurate quote. If you don’t know the area of your roof, the roofing company like Brown’s Roofing will be more than happy to visit your home and do some measurements.

Roof Slope

The roof slope affects prices, because steep roofs are more challenging, and more labour intensive. Labourers will require safety measures when working on a steep roof, such as safety harnesses, roofing jacks and scaffolding just to name a few. Different materials may be required on a steep roof, such as different underlay, or wind resistant shingles, which can increase the cost. Work may be slower, due to the caution necessary to keep all roofers safe. The additional safety equipment and increased labour time will increase the cost on a steep roof.

Roof Complexity

Roofing Edmonton company Brown’s Roofing also explains that roofs with intricate designs, such as multiple dormers or valleys, can be more challenging to work on, which may increase labor costs. Complex roofs tend to have more intersections, valleys and protrusions. This requires additional flashing as well as underlayment to guarantee waterproofing of the roof, increasing the price. Finally, installing a roof on a complex roof requires more experience and skill from the labourers, which also contribute to an increased cost for the complex roof.

Shingle Type

There are various types of shingles available, ranging from standard asphalt shingles to more premium options like architectural or designer shingles. The cost of materials will vary based on the type and quality of shingles chosen. Roofing Edmonton company Brown’s Roofing says the shingles must be able to withstand not only the winters we see in Edmonton, Alberta, but withstand the hot summers as well. The shingle materials that are good choices in this area are:


  1. Asphalt Shingles: Are the most widely used roofing material in Edmonton and North America. They are affordable, durable, and available in a wide range of colors and styles. Asphalt shingles are easy to install and provide good protection against weather elements.
  2. Architectural Shingles: Also known as laminate or dimensional shingles, they’re a premium shingle. They have a multi-dimensional appearance, mimicking the look of wood or slate. Architectural shingles offer durability and longevity compared to standard asphalt shingles.
  3. Wood Shingles and Shakes: Wood shingles and shakes provide a natural and rustic appearance to the roof. Cedar is a common shingle or shake material due to its natural resistance to decay and insects. They do require regular maintenance but offer good insulation properties.
  4. Metal Roofing: Materials include steel, aluminum, or copper, is popular in Edmonton because of longevity and durability. Metal roofs are resistant to fire, mildew, and insects. They are lightweight and are excellent for steep or complex roofs.
  5. Slate Shingles: Slate shingles are high-end roofing and known for elegance and durability. They are one of the most expensive roofing materials, however, they can last for a century with maintenance.
  6. Synthetic Shingles: These shingles mimic the appearance of materials like wood, slate, or tile. They are more affordable and easier to install while maintaining an authentic look.
  7. Rubber Shingles: Are made of recycled materials, like old tires, providing excellent resistance to harsh weather conditions. They are durable, lightweight, energy efficient.

Deciding on Shingle Material

If you need help deciding what the best shingle for your home or business, the roofing Edmonton experts at Brown’s Roofing will be more than happy to help you understand the benefits of each one, so you can choose the material that will be the best for you. Whether you are deciding what is most economical, longest lasting, easiest maintenance, they will discuss the benefits of each type, so you can have confidence in choosing the best roof for your needs.

These are just three of the considerations that go into the pricing of a new roof. Read part 2 of our series to find out more about roof decking, underlayment, roof accessories and the removal of your old roof. If you do have any questions about roofing, or are looking for a price, please contact your roofing Edmonton experts at Brown’s Roofing & Exteriors for a complete and comprehensive quote just for you.

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