The Pacific Northwest sees frequent bouts of heavy rainfall. As such, homeowners need to choose roofing materials that can withstand torrential downpours, protecting the home from water damage.
In this article, Affordable Roof Care, your trusted provider of top-notch roof and gutter installation services, discusses the most common roofing materials found on homes in the Pacific Northwest.
Asphalt shingles are naturally resistant to heat and water and are less expensive than other roofing materials. They can be customized to imitate the look of other more expensive materials such as ceramic, slate, wood or metal shingles, and they are easy to replace if lost or damaged.
Although asphalt shingles are easy to maintain, they are porous materials that are vulnerable to growth and mold.
Metal is a durable, water-resistant roofing material that can be expected to resist heavy rains and strong winds for up to 50 years. It can be customized to mimic the look of other roofing materials such as cedar shakes or slate, and comes in a variety of colors. But, while metal roofing is impervious to insects and pests, it is more expensive than other materials and can be dented by hail and other hard objects.
The Pacific Northwest enjoys an abundant supply of wood. Because of this, many homes in the area have attractive roofs made from cedar shakes. Properly maintained, cedar shakes can last a long time. They can protect homes for up to 50 years while retaining their beauty throughout.
Cedar shakes can increase property value at resale. However, they are expensive; are susceptible to molds, algae and rot; can be targeted by termites and other pests; and are also expensive to maintain.
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