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The 3 Most Popular Roofing Types in PNW

July 29, 2022

The Pacific Northwest is known for having a temperate oceanic climate with lots of rain and wind. Therefore, PNW residents usually build roofs that can handle moisture and have good drainage. While there are many types of roofs, including concrete, cedar shakes, metal, slate, and asphalt, the 3 most popular roofing types in PNW are:

  1. Asphalt
  2. Metal 
  3. Cedar Shakes

Let’s go over the properties of each type and see why they are so popular among the people of PNW.

1. Asphalt Shingles 

Asphalt shingles are the most common roofing option in the Pacific Northwest. They are considered the most versatile type of roofing, available in a variety of different colors and adding a clean and aesthetic look if installed correctly. To build an asphalt roof, you need a fiberglass mat, on top of which the shingles are installed, and a layer of mineral granules is added as a finishing touch.

There are three main types of asphalt shingles:

  • Three-tab shingles: They lay flat on the fiberglass mat, and each shingle strip is cut out to look like it is made out of three different tabs. Hence the name, three-tab shingles! They usually last for 25 years.
  • Dimensional shingles: These types of shingles are also known as architectural shingles and are thicker in size than three-tab shingles. Not only are they more durable, lasting up to 30 years, but they also provide more curb appeal for your home.
  • Premium shingles: They are a bit larger than regular shingles and can look like other types of roofing materials. If maintained properly, premium shingles can last for up to 50 years.

2. Metal Roofing

Even just a decade ago, when people thought of metal roofs, they would think of a shed or outside buildings. However, metal roofing is becoming quite popular in the Pacific Northwest. This is mainly due to its water-resistant properties and also because it is now available in different colors and styles. Metal roofs are one of the best types of roofing because they are unaffected by rain and snow due to closely interlocked panels. They are lightweight, easy to install, deflect heat, and can last for more than 50 years. Plus, they can also be designed to look like wood shake and slate to make your home look aesthetically pleasing.

3. Cedar Shake Roofs

Cedar shake roofs have been around for more than 300 years and are another popular roofing type in the PNW. They are the pioneers of roofing, giving your home a luxury look and increasing its value. Cedar roofs are expensive compared to other roofing options, but they have a low maintenance cost, save energy, and provide optimum insulation and deflection. However, cedar roofs are prone to mold growth if not installed correctly. But, if you treat the wood with products designed to keep mold and bacteria at bay, they can easily last for 30 to 50 years with annual maintenance. 

Living in the PNW means building roofs impervious to rain and wind. Although you will find houses with several different roofing types, asphalt shingles, metal, and cedar shake roofs are the most viable options in the region. If you’re not sure how to choose a roofing type that suits you best, IBEX Roof is here to help. We can find you the right match based on your budget, maintenance capability, and preference!

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