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Roofing Materials: What You Need to Know


As your go-to roofing company across the Kitsap Peninsula, we want to make sure our customers have all the knowledge they need to make an informed decision as they decide on the right roofing material for their homes. And we know that no roofing material is perfect. Let’s talk more about five of the most common roofing materials and the issues you should understand.


Asphalt Shingles


Asphalt shingles are one of the most popular roofing materials. They are affordable, durable, and readily available. But you should know, they do have a limited lifespan.

  • Cracking and Curling: Asphalt shingles can crack and curl over their lifetime. This can lead to leaks and other damage to your home.

  • Vulnerable: Asphalt shingles are also vulnerable to damage from weather events such as high winds, heavy rain, and hail, which can cause the shingles to crack or become dislodged from the roof.

Metal Roofs


Metal roofing is a popular choice for its durability and long lifespan. However, there are a few issues you should be aware of.

  • Noise: Metal roofing can be noisy during rain or hail storms, which can be a nuisance for homeowners.

  • Cost: Metal roofing can be expensive to install due to labor and material costs.

  • Vulnerable: Metal roofing is vulnerable to dents and other physical damage, which can lead to leaks and other issues if not repaired promptly.

Metal roofs are still a great option for your home in the PNW. Read more in our blog: Five Reasons Metal Roofs are a Good Option in the Pacific Northwest


Tile Roofs


Tile roofs are known for their classic look and durability. But understand that it does come with a few downfalls.

  • Heavy: Tile roofs are heavy and require a strong roof structure to support them. If you don’t already have a tile roof, you might have to make structural upgrades to your roof before you install a tile roof.

  • Fragile: Tiles are a more fragile material and can break or crack, and the individual tiles may need to be replaced. This also means they are more susceptible to damage from weather events, like strong winds, heavy rain, and hail, which can cause the tiles to become dislodged or damaged.

Wood Shingles/Cedar Shake


Wooden shingles are a popular choice for their natural look and warmth. However, they do need special attention when it comes to maintenance.


  • Damage: Wood shingles are prone to problems such as rot, mold, and insect damage.

  • Maintenance: Wood shingles need to be properly maintained and treated every 3-5 years, otherwise they will deteriorate over time.

While no roofing material is perfect, Rainy Day Exteriors is determined to help you find the best roofing material for your home. If you are ready to get started, give us a call. We provide free inspections and will help you choose the best new roof for your home.

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