Our Top Three Roofing Materials for the PNW Climate
When it comes time to replace your roof, you have many options to choose from, and our clients often want eco-friendly and cost-effective roofing materials that require little maintenance and offer impeccable aesthetics. The good news is – this is all possible. There are plenty of options to choose from, so we have made it a bit easier with our top three recommendations.
Composite or Fiberglass Shingles
Composite or fiberglass shingles are a cost-effective and eco-friendly alternative to a traditional asphalt shingle. One of the most desirable features of this product, especially in the PNW, its algae and mold resistance. And with a warranty of 30-50 years, you are doing your part to keep excess roofing materials out of the landfill.
Metal roofing is known for its durability, and when properly maintained, these roofs can last up to 50 years. Metal roofs are also so lightweight if you have an existing asphalt roof (that’s in good shape), a metal roof can be installed over the top. This reduces labor and disposal costs – a great service to your pocketbook and the environment.
Another unique environmental benefit to metal roofs is that they are considered “cool roofs.” A cool roof reflects sunlight, and its subsequent heat, away from your home, reducing your cooling bill.
Metal roofs also have several options when it comes to style. You can choose a standing-seam metal roof, the most common option, or a metal roof that looks similar to traditional roofing materials like slate or wood.
Wood roofing materials, such as cedar, or pine, are a stunning option for many homes in the PNW. As a naturally occurring material, wood shake roofs are biodegradable, making them an eco-friendly option when it comes to both installation and disposal.
One of the most unique and often desirable features of wood shake roofs is their one-of-a-kind aesthetics. As wood ages, its color changes, and customers who choose this material appreciate how it continually improves the look of their home.