Roofing Materials Composition, Shake, Torchdown

Roofing Materials Composition, Shake, Torchdown

Roofing Materials

When it comes to a new roof or reroofing, there are several options and you have several material choices. If you need some help to decide on the right material for your roof, ask us. Our roofers will fully and honestly answer your questions about what your roof needs. We can also work with your personal budget if you need a more budget-friendly option overhead. Whether you like the classic style of wood shingles or need something that is more practical, like asphalt shingles, we have an option for your roof.

Laminated Compositions

One of the most commonly installed roofing options is laminated composite roofing. Usually this is called asphalt shingles, and it is one of the best options if you are looking for a low-cost roofing alternative to wood shingles. Asphalt shingles are also easy to install, which may mean that you have a lower installation cost for them compared to other roofing options. The actual installation and materials cost depends on many factors and only an estimate can give you a more personalized quote for the price of a new roof.

The appearance of each laminated composite shingle is distinctive because the asphalt on top creates individual looks to each shingle. When layered on a roof, these shingles create a dynamic and dimensional appearance on your roof, making it stand out.

Some people are concerned about the composition of asphalt shingles. They have fiberglass mats at the base that are covered with asphalt to create each shingle. There are different colors available, and if you are concerned about cooling costs, opt for lighter colors which will reflect hot sunlight and keep your home cooler.

Generally, asphalt shingles will last 20 years, but if you choose the heaviest shingles that are available, your shingles will last longer than if you had lightweight shingles installed. Another way to ensure that your asphalt shingles last is to choose fungus-resistant shingles. These are ideal in rainy areas because over time mold and fungus can cause the shingles to wear away sooner than their expected lifespan.

If you are looking for a roofing choice for your sloped roof that is budget-friendly and has a range of colors available, laminated composite (aka asphalt shingles), may be the best choice for you.

Torchdown Roofing

Those with flat roofs usually are commercial businesses, but there are some homes or residences that have flat roofs. Torchdown roofing is used in such instances because shingles require installation on a slope to properly keep out water. It involves melting asphalt to the roof with a torch, giving this roofing its name of torchdown. The layer of melted asphalt is waterproof for the roofs life.

Flat roofs often have a problem with leaks because rainwater can pool on the roof. Torchdown roofing waterproofs your roof, and it usually lasts 15 to 20 years. This may be your only option to cover a flat roof, but if you are not sure, ask us for a consultation. We will give you an honest opinion about whether you need to replace or repair your flat roof with a torchdown roofing system.

Shake Roofing

Shake roofing is one of the most popular roofs. Each shake is made of real wood, giving your roof a natural, homey look that is extremely popular among homes in the Northwest. Each shake is crafted individually, so each one is unique in color, thickness, width and cut. Installing an entire roof with shakes gives your home more character than by using uniform shingles or another roofing option.

Wood shakes are also more energy efficient. Their density allows them to insulate your roof, which keeps your attic cooler in summer and warmer in winter. The installation of the shakes also allows your home to breathe, by air moving under the felt rows between the shingles. This air movement also helps heat to escape from hot attics in the summer.

Shake roofing is a longer-lasting option than other types of roofing. Depending on the type of wood you choose and the installation quality, you could see 30 to 40 years of use before you have to replace your shake roof. Some of the most popular wood choices for shakes are cedar, pine and redwood. Ask us about our selection of wood shakes for your home or businesss roof.

Get Started Today

If you are ready to get started on your new roof or if you want more information about the types of materials we use or our installation methods, feel free to contact us. You may ring us any time Mondays through Fridays during our business hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Use phone number: (425) 348-4145 or (425) 778-0935. You may also get in touch with us via the website or through the mail. Our mailing address is:

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