With spring on its way, it’s the perfect time to start paying attention to things outside your home (like your roof) and to start marking items off your “to do” list.
Bellevue Roofing Company offers homeowners in Seattle’s Eastside communities of Kirkland, Redmond, Bellevue, Medina and Renton many residential roofing options.
Let’s take a look at the most popular roofing materials and their advantages.
Composition shingles are a great value
Composition shingles (also known as asphalt shingles) are by far and away the most popular type of residential roofing covering as they are a great value. Homeowners on a budget love that they are both affordable and durable.
These traditional 3-tab shingles come in a wide range of colors so you can choose a color that matches your house and they have a great record against the harsh Pacific Northwest elements.
How long do asphalt shingles last?
All composition shingles are rated for a specific number of years and this is included in their limited material warranty. For example, Bellevue Roofing mostly uses Marlarkey products and their traditional 3-tab asphalt shingles come in 3 types:
- Alaskan-rated for 35 years
- Dura-Seal 25-rated for 25 years
- Dura-Seal 20-rated for 20 years
Shingles rated for more years are more expensive but they last longer so they are a better value for Seattle and Eastside homeowners.
Architectural shingle for a textured look
These are also called laminated or dimensional shingles and are a type of asphalt shingle. In fact, they are created by attaching 2 shingles together to form a pattern and depending on the style and color; they can mimic the look of a wood or slate roof.
Since they are formed by attaching 2 shingles together, they are much thicker and sturdier, which provides better protection against the elements. Roofs with architectural shingles can last from 30 to 50 years, depending on their rating.
Metal roofing is a great value
Metal roofing is one of the most cost effective roofing materials when you take into account they last much longer than a composition roof. In fact, a metal roof costs less than half the price of an asphalt roof when you take into account its longer lifespan.
We usually say when you install a metal roof it’ll be the last roof you ever buy as they last well over 50 years and even 75-85 years is not uncommon.
While they are virtually maintenance free and people love the clean, architectural lines of a standing seam metal roof, they are more expensive to install, which is one reason many people overlook them as an option.
Again, they are not as common as composition shingles so many people stick with a roofing material with which they are familiar.
PVC membrane for flat or low-slope roofs
For those homeowners who have a flat or low-slope roof, they should be looking at installing a PVC membrane. Now, I know what you’re thinking, “What’s a PVC membrane?” It stands for polyvinyl chloride but simply put, it’s a vinyl covering for our roof.
The best part is that it comes in different colors. We recommend selecting white as it reflects the sunlight to keep your home cooler in the summer (this will save you money as your a/c won’t have to work as hard). PVC membrane has been around for a LONG time and has a proven track record, as long as it’s properly installed.
Proper installation is key
Proper installation is necessary for ALL types of roofing materials and whatever roofing company you choose, they should follow manufacturer’s guidelines. When you call for estimates, ask about their installation methods and if they follow manufacturers’ guidelines as it will affect the quality of your roof.
Now that you know the basics, contact Bellevue Roofing Company for your free estimate on a new roof.