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I Need a New Roof. What Are My Options

Owning a home is a beautiful thing, but sometimes the upkeep of home ownership can be the opposite of beautiful. This can be especially daunting when it comes to your roof.

Roofs can be tricky as the wear and tear is not always evident. But there is no need to fret – that is why we are here; Executive Roof Services is here to be proactive for you and help you with all of your roofing needs. Let us be your Vancouver roofing contractors and guide you on options when you’re looking for a new roof.

Composition Shingles or Asphalt Shingles

You likely already know what these are as they are the most popular roofing materials used on homes throughout the country. A benefit to choosing this material is that as they are the most common, they are also relatively inexpensive. In addition, they are also resistant to fire, and even algae growth when copper or zinc is added into the material.

I Need a New Roof. What Are My Options

However, even asphalt shingles are made of varying materials. Traditional composition or asphalt shingles use asphalt and organic or fiberglass cores; organic shingles are most appropriate in dry, cold climates and are made up of an organic core of wood and paper fibers; fiberglass shingles are best and have a fiberglass base. They are the most resistant to moisture and fire and weigh less, too.

In terms of structure and look, there are options here as well:

Strip Shingles – These are single layer shingles and often designed to look like slate. They have a flat appearance on the roof. These use to be the go-to for homes, but technological advances have added other options into the mix.

Laminated Shingles (Architectural Shingles) – These vary in thickness, spacing, and number to create a three-dimensional look many homeowners enjoy, which makes them a top choice.

Individual Shingles – This allows flexibility and can often be found in hexagonal or rectangular configurations, but installation is slower.

Interlocking Shingles – This is exactly what it sounds like and a less popular option, but can be a good fit in windy climates.

Metal

Did you know that many consider metal roofing to be the fastest-growing material for residential roofing? It’s becoming more and more common. If you do opt for a metal roof, there are two types you need to know about – metal tiles and metal panels.

If you choose the metal tile option, this will provide a similar look to wood shingles or shakes. If you choose the metal panel option, the panels tend to come around 20 feet long and 16 inches wide. By these dimensions, you can tell that these panels can easily reach from gutters to the ridge without a break in the aesthetic.

Metal roofing is arguably the most long-lasting. Additionally, many materials of metal tiles or metal panels are made to withstand heavy hail and wind. Plus, with a metal roof, you know you are getting something that is fire resistance.

One thing to note though is that if you do opt for the metal tile option, your roof will have more grooves in it than if you went for a panel option. These grooves do tend to trap leaves and other materials, so it will require more upkeep and cleaning. If this is a concern, reach out to your Vancouver roofing contractors to guide you in this decision.

Wood

If you are looking for a more traditional look and feel of your home, wood may be the choice for you. The hesitation for many lies not in its lovely aesthetic, but the concern about the quality of wood used and its increased flammability compared to other options.  

However, if you to go with wood, there are two different forms to choose from – wood shingles or wood shakes. Wood shingles tend to be flat and thinner, whereas wood shakes are thicker and have a rougher surface. Regardless of whether you opt for shakes or singles, both types need to be put into place over spaced boards. This means you cannot have solid sheathing if you choose to have a wood roof.

If you are living in a drier climate, wood shingles and wood shakes do tend to perform well. However, for those living in a wet climate, like here in the Northwest where it rains a lot, a wood roof will have to be cleaned routinely to avoid the growth of moss.

Slate

If your roof is on the steeper side and releases water more quickly, slate may be the option for you. This is because slates are not glued down like other roofing materials; they are hung from nails instead.

In addition to shedding water more quickly, it also does the same with snow. Plus, slate does not fade like asphalt will. Your slate roof will last you for decades.

While durable and long-lasting, these benefits are reflected in the cost, though, so slate roofing is often more expensive to install and repair.

Concrete or Clay Tiles

If you want your home to have a villa aesthetic, then Spanish-style concrete or clay tiles may be the option for you.

One important thing to note about choosing a concrete or clay option is that these materials are heavier than any of the others, which means the base of the house must be able to support this weight. They also are not good at withstanding hail and if you want to add solar panels, these can be a mitigating factor.

On the plus side, they are beautiful, long-lasting, and will not fade in the sun.

We know that we just provided you with a lot of different choices to consider when replacing your roof. In fact, while you’re likely leaning toward a specific material now, this may have triggered even more questions. Now’s the time to reach out to your Vancouver roofing contractors. We’d be glad to guide you to your best option.