The largest surface area of your home’s exterior is in its siding. And the options for siding are almost as vast. Generally, however, they fall into a few major categories. Stucco is one option, and it’s been popular for decades in Calgary. But more often than not, we perform exterior work by installing cladding or layered siding. Siding is a perfect balance between protection from the elements, economic value, and curb appeal. Still, siding is a world of its own, with material and colour choices requiring careful thought.

What Are the Options for House Siding?

Options are plentiful depending on what exteriors company you go with. When it comes to City Roofing & Exteriors, we cover every angle of your exteriors, and we’re no stranger to siding. Variety in siding is no guarantee when you’re looking for an exteriors company, but we’ve got a choice selection of cladding and traditional siding. A few great options exist for those wondering about siding.

Wood Siding

Wood is the traditional siding option, but it’s labour intensive unless specially treated. Many newer houses have employed more advanced materials, so you don’t have to perform routine maintenance.

Wood Shingle Siding

Wood shingles can be used for siding as well, as long as the home’s flashing is all shored up. Replacing damaged shingles is a lot more DIY friendly than other options, and it can present a lot of curb appeal depending on the house.

Vinyl Siding

Vinyl is perhaps the most popular choice we encounter, and it’s great value, economical on installation, and comes in a slew of great colours, textures, and styles. Like wood shingles, it can be put down on older shingles or clapboards, provided it’s in good condition. 

Hardie Board Siding

Exterior wall of a house, with reliable hardie board siding

One exciting new option we’ve adopted is Hardie board siding. When exposed to direct heat or flames, Hardie Board will not ignite or make fuel for the fire. This siding can function as a barrier to nearby fires, giving rescue teams more time to react. Hardie Board is resistant to more than decay and dampness. 


Bugs, termites, tiny creatures, and other pests are all avoidant of it. This feature protects your home’s foundation and structure by ensuring that your exterior protects against any potential threats. While Hardie Board has the same appearance as wood siding, it requires far less maintenance. You can just hose clean your siding with grime buildup rather than worrying about sanding, painting, or pests.

So there you have it! There are plenty of options available, but as you might have guessed, it all depends on your house and how you want it to look. We can certainly advise if you’re spoiled for choice!

At City Roofing and Exteriors, we take pride in our work and in serving Calgarians. We work hard to assist our customers in providing proper roofing systems to meet your budget and needs. We guarantee that you will be satisfied with our work. Give us a call at (403) 608-9933.

When you’re looking at replacing a roof for your home or commercial building, there’s a lot to consider. What you want to pay, the look and feel of the roofing, and even your ownership goals all impact your decision to buy a new roof.

Steel vs. Wood Shingle Roof Replacement

Metal roofing is gaining popularity for a few good reasons. First and foremost, it lasts much longer than a wooden roof. Wooden roofing degrades over time, while metal roofing withstands the elements easily.

Because of that resilience, steel shingles last up to three times longer than a wooden roof will. But wooden shingles can save you a lot on materials. In Alberta, wood shake shingles enjoy an average price of $9000 for materials alone on a 2000 square foot roof, whereas steel shingles come in at about $17,000.

But either way, shingles bring the tremendous advantage of partial replacement. That’s one thing residential owners need in the event of a few faulty shingles to keep costs low. But no matter which you choose, you have to think about labour costs. One advantage we have is keeping all our labour in-house to avoid subcontracting labour markup.

Labour really can’t be underestimated. And if you’re thinking about replacement every 20 years versus every 50 or 60 for metal shingles—that’s more than double, almost triple the labour costs.

Commercial Roofing vs. Residential Roofing Maintenance

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Different ownership goals are an understated factor. A commercial building leasing property will be a lot more inclined to think in terms of decades. But residential homeowners might well want to move within 30 years, the resale value of which is not guaranteed.

Ultimately, you have to put yourself in the shoes of a homebuyer, and not necessarily your own. People have changing tastes, and a roof with metal shingles might not perform well on resale if roofing aesthetics remain on the side of wooden shingles. For many decades, a homeowner banking on calling the same house their home would have a lot less of a headache than a homeowner trying to sell a home with unconventional roofing.

Nevertheless, market share of metal shingle roofs is constantly gaining. And in our experience, investing in the future could pay off a lot more than expected. Roof maintenance is a lot cheaper than roof replacement in Calgary, and metal shingles’ one-time cost has satisfied more than a few of our customers who have found their forever-home locally.

At City Roofing and Exteriors, we take pride in our work and serving Calgarians. We work hard to assist our customers in providing proper roofing systems to meet your budget and needs. We guarantee that you will be satisfied with our work, give us a call at (403) 608-9933.