Choosing a type of roof is a decision that will hang over your head for decades—quite literally! Depending on the material, a new roof can last anywhere from 20 to 100 years, so make sure you choose the one that’s right for your home’s style, your budget, and your needs.
Here’s a rundown of the most popular types of roofs for commercial and residential buildings in the Pacific Northwest.
Asphalt Roof Shingles
Around 80% of homes in the United States use asphalt shingles, and for good reason. These shingles are strong, durable, lightweight, cost-effective, and easy to install. Basically, they’re everything you need to keep your roof in good shape.
They come in a wide variety of styles and colors, so it’s easy to pick asphalt shingles to match the look of your house.
- Look good on any style and color of home
- Most affordable option
- Lightweight and don’t need extra roof supports
- Shorter lifespan compared to some other materials, about 20-30 years
- Moisture and mold can be a problem if attic isn’t properly vented
If you’ve ever visited a historical building that’s over 100 years old, it probably had a metal roof. The real kicker is that it was probably the original metal roof!
Metal is one of the most durable roofing materials available. It can easily last 50 to 100 years if it’s taken care of. Metal roofs are also fireproof, they reflect sunlight to help with cooling costs, and shed rain and snow better than just about any other type of roofing material.
Of course, the extreme durability comes at a cost. Metal roofs are one of the most expensive options. Luckily, they’ve become much more affordable in the past few years due to more efficient manufacturing processes, but they’re still going to cost a few extra dollars compared to asphalt.
Metal roofs come in a wide variety of colors and styles. They look best on cabins, bungalows, cottages and contemporary-style houses.
- Longest lifespan of 50 to 100 years
- Great at shedding water and snow
- Extreme durability
- Reflects sunlight to reduce cooling costs
- Can be expensive
- Hard to repair if damaged
Wood Roof Shingles and Shake
If you want to have the best-looking house on the block, wood shingles and shakes can give you that extra dose of natural beauty.
Wood shingles and shakes are made from a variety of different woods like redwood, cedar, pine, and cypress to suit any look or style. They repel water just as well as asphalt shingles but last about five to ten years longer on average. They also provide more insulation compared to asphalt or metal, which helps reduce heating and cooling costs.
When shopping for wood shingles or shakes, make sure they’re treated. Untreated wood shingles are both a fire hazard and don’t stand up well to moisture—which is essential in the Pacific Northwest.
- Aesthetic appeal
- Last 5 to 10 years longer than asphalt
- More expensive than asphalt
- Hard to repair
- Untreated wood is prone to fire and rot
Clay, Stone, and Concrete Roof Tiles
Have you ever been to ancient Rome? Of course not, but you probably know what their buildings looked like. They all had clay tiles on their roofs. Well, it was such a good idea that it’s still being used today!
Clay, slate, and concrete tiles give houses an exotic, ultra-high-end look that boosts curb appeal like no other. Plus, they can last upwards of 50 years.
While they might look great, clay and concrete are heavy. Many homes with clay and concrete tiled roofs need extra support in the attic to hold the extra weight, which adds to the already considerable cost.
- 50+ year lifespan
- Boost curb appeal
- Most expensive roofing material
- Very heavy
- Hard to repair
Choose the Roofing Material That’s Right for You
Not all roofing materials are suited for every house. If you’re living in your forever home and love the sound of the rain, a metal roof might be worth the investment. If you’re looking for a more cost-effective option, asphalt shingles will probably be your best bet. It all depends on your goals and your home’s aesthetics.
No matter which option you choose, Cloise & Mike Construction, Inc. is here to help. We can help you choose the perfect roofing material for your home and provide professional installation. We’ve been handling roofing jobs all over Kitsap County for almost two decades, providing the best roofing services to homes and businesses throughout the area.
If you’re in the market for a new roof—or even just a few repairs—contact us for a free estimate today.