Stettler County sticks with asphalt shingles

Stettler County sign - south entrance. (Terri Huxley/ECA Review)
Written by Stu Salkeld

The County of Stettler will stick with more economical asphalt shingles for its administration building after councillors were presented with a tin option at their regular meeting July 8.

County Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Yvette Cassidy and Manager of Recreation Lorraine Hankins presented councillors with a memo detailing options to repair the administration building’s damaged asphalt shingles, which suffered in the nasty 2019 hail storm.

“The question was raised regarding the option to replace the shingles on the administration building with tin,” stated the staff memo.

“The successful bidder Clear Choice Roofing and Exteriors supplied the following quotes for the administration building: Metal Roofing – $137,402.29, Owens Corning Duration 20 year Shingles – $79,769.27.

“Difference in Cost is $57,633 which would be a direct cost to the County of Stettler.”

Councillors previously decided they would claim insurance coverage to repair hail damage to asphalt shingles currently on the county administration building.

Cassidy told councillors she met with the contractor hired by the county’s insurance company who showed samples of the asphalt shingles they would use.

Cassidy noted the new asphalt shingles are much better quality than the ones currently on the county building, and the current ones were apparently applied in late autumn in fairly cold weather.

Cassidy stated asphalt shingles tend to get a better seal if they’re applied in warmer weather.

Hankins noted the asphalt shingles include a 20 year warranty and are fully covered by the county’s hail insurance, meaning there would be no further cost to the taxpayer.

She also noted that the tin roofing would require more money over and above what the insurance company was paying.

Coun. James Nibourg noted the county’s long-range plans suggest that the current administration building will be replaced sometime in the future with a new building south of town. H
e suggested it would probably be a waste of money to put tin roofing on a building that possibly won’t be in use in 20 years.

Councillors voted 6 to 1 in favour of going with the asphalt shingle option.

Stu Salkeld
Local Journalism Initiative reporter

About the author

Stu Salkeld

Stu Salkeld, who has upwards of 28 years of experience in the Alberta community newspaper industry, is now covering councils and other news in the Stettler region and has experience working in the area as well.

He has joined the ECA Review as a Local Journalism Initiative Journalist.

Stu earned his two-year diploma in print journalism from SAIT in Calgary from 1993 to ’95 and was raised in Oyen, Alta., one of the communities within the ECA Review’s coverage area.