Roofing: You Have Options

Roofing is one of those things you know is going to be expensive. And big. So it gets put off. And hey, we don’t blame you. But when it finally comes to the point that you’re exposed to the elements (just kidding, we know you’ll call before then), give us a call and let us replace that for you!

In the meantime, here are some things you may want to think about when considering a new roof: Climate, Cost, Durability, Environmental Impact, and Longevity.

Metal Roofs (our favorite): A metal roof is a roofing system made from metal pieces or panels. They are known for their longevity, lasting an average 40-70 years, more than double the lifespan of an asphalt shingle roof. Metal roofs are more durable, withstanding wind gusts of up to 140 miles per hour and impact resistant (great for areas with high winds and extreme weather). And, you may have guessed, metal roofs are fire resistant because, you know, metal. Because metal roofs also reflect light, they don’t absorb heat like other roofing materials and can lower your utilities by 10-20%. Finally, metal roofs are environmentally friendly because they are typically made up of reused metals and are 100% recyclable at the end of their lives. Unfortunately, all of these pros come with a price tag much higher than other roofing materials. In addition, metal roofs can be a bit louder than you may be used to (think: rain, expansion and contraction under heat). All in all, metal is our top choice for the PNW.

Composite Shingles: Composite shingles are America’s second favorite roofing material to asphalt. Made up of fiber glass, recycled paper products and asphalt, they are considered a “green” and affordable option. Composite shingles are lightweight and can be resistant to mold and moisture (compare to cedar shingles). Although not as durable as metal, composite shingles hold up against average weather and have a lifespan of 15-20 years.

PVC Membrane (Polyvinyl Chloride) is typically what you see on commercial buildings and flat roofs. Because of its durable, lightweight and waterproof features, it is the ideal choice for flat or low slope roofs. Like TPO (Thermoplastic Polyolefin) and other membrane style roofing materials, it is eco friendly because it can be applied over existing roofing for easy repair. It is resistant to heat, chemicals and impacts and has a lifetime of about 30 years. Just like metal roofs, it is highly reflective and therefore energy efficient. Also like metal roofs, it requires minimal maintenance.

Like most large investments in your home, we recommend meeting with your roofing professional to discuss the best material for your home based on your location, your preferences and your budget.

Until next time,

RBR Construction & Roofing

RBR Construction & Roofing
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