Roofing Types

Current Remodeling Roofing Types for Vancouver Washington - Portland Oregon

With the four-season weather, the Portland OR and Vancouver WA area need roofing types that can stand the heat, the wind, the rain, and even the snow. There are several categories of roofing types available for our ever-changing forecast and even more styles.

Composition/Asphalt Roofing Shingles

Composition Shingles, also known as asphalt, are the most widely used category of roofing material. The reason for their popularity is threefold: durability, cost, and easy to find replacement materials. These shingles are particularly popular in the Pacific Northwest because of their resistance to all types of harsh weather.

Composition Roofing Shingles Vancouver WA
Composition roofing shingles are used on more than 80% of Pacific Northwest homes.

These shingles are used on more than 80 percent of Pacific Northwest homes. There are two common types of composition shingles, the widely used 3-tab and the customizable architectural shingle. There is usually very little difference in appearance for three-tab shingles, although different colors can be made available. Roofs using 3-tab shingles usually have a 20- to 30-year warranty.

Architectural roofing shingles have longer warranties are and a bit more expensive than the 3-tab shingle. Able to mimic cedar shakes, slate or even tile, architectural shingles allow homeowners to be a little more creative. Even though it is a little more expensive, the architectural shingle is still economical.

Composition shingles require more roofing maintenance, however. Although durable, the shingles are still porous and can fall victim to mold or mildew. If improperly installed, wind can cause damage to the shingles – and in our rainy Pacific Northwest winters, a small leak can be a big problem.

Cedar Shakes/Shingles

Popular for bringing a certain aesthetic to a home, cedar shakes are readily available in the Pacific Northwest. They are lightweight and durable, perfect for the dreary months that are common in our neck of the woods. Cedar shakes have an exposed split-face surface while the shingles have the more finished look.

Cedar Shingles on a house in Vancouver WA
Cedar shingles can add rustic charm to a home

But you’ll pay a little more for that rustic charm. Cedar shakes are more expensive than the composite roofing and in the past have required a fair amount of maintenance. But new preservative-treated cedar shakes and shingles can help repel lichen, moss, and mold. Even with these advances, though, cedar roofs still need attention.

Clay/Concrete Roofing Tiles

As durable as they come, Clay Tiles can be made to last more than a century. These are made in the traditional barrel style, as well as flat interlocking and shingle styles. The clay tiles also come in a variety of colors and are not limited to the common red or orange hues.

Clay roof tiles on a home in Vancouver WA
Clay roof tiles can be made to last more than a century.

A more economical choice than clay, concrete tiles are not as sturdy as clay, but are still very durable and can be made in the same styles. Both roof styles are extremely heavy, though, and need construction underneath that can handle the weight. And even though concrete isn’t as expensive as clay, both are still more expensive than other roofing options.

Need help deciding which roof is right for your home? Feel free to call Current Remodeling Inc. for a FREE Roof Estimate at (360)608-9560. Our roofing experts have the knowledge and experience and are ready to assist you with any roofing needs.

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