Roofing is perhaps one of the least discussed yet most important topics in Portland and Vancouver area. Even with an annual average of 37 inches (or more) of rain, roofs normally don’t get much thought. That is, until there is a leak, a problem, or something that needs to get fixed.
This is where your local experts at Interstate Roofing warrant a call. Their vast expertise spans from the installation of new roofs to fixes and upgrades for current roofs to services like power washing and gutter cleaning. From the small-scale matters to the largest roofing issues, their interest is in supporting you with your roofing and maintenance needs.
In this type of climatic region, roof care can often stay under the radar. It’s true that there are usually four seasons in the region. That means there are multiple factors to take into consideration with the regard to the upkeep of rooftops, both in residential and commercial buildings.
Whether a flat roof or a steep roof, there are a few things to know about quality roofing in Portland.
1. Steep slope roofs come in a handful of materials.
These materials include asphalt-fiberglass composition shingles, wood shakes and shingles, slate, tile, or even metal roofing. Materials for a “steep slope” must work on roofs that have a slope of 3:12 or greater. With that said, one of the most common materials for slope roofing would be asphalt shingles. They offer a cost-effective and weather-resistant option for new or old residences or businesses.
Concrete and clay tiles and wood shakes are typically considered residential, but they can also be used on business and commercial roofing projects. Sometimes, a transition to the unconventional or unexpected can bring a new warmth to a commercial building. Whatever material you opt to use, keep in mind that you have multiple choices in how you style your rooftop.
2. Specially prepared materials benefit the residence or business.
Materials like cedar or wooden shingles can be prepared with a fire retardant so that the building stands more of a chance in a fire. They also can be treated to withstand some of the elements so that they’re rot resistant. Clay and concrete can also be installed “shingle-style” with a combination of nails and mortar so they’re cemented in.
Lastly, metal panels are starting to be used more on steep roofs. This is partially because of the look but also the fact that they’re naturally resistant to fires.
With these extra precautions built in, your home or business will be covered with materials that not only keep the rain out but withstand the elements it’s exposed to.
3. Do not underrate annual maintenance.
Don’t forego some of the basics of maintenance, as they can extend the life of your roofing. While some finishes will last longer than other materials, the quality will survive longer with thorough and routine cleaning. This will keep appearances and prevent the need for early repairs.
By maintaining the materials you have on your roof, you’re taking steps to know what’s going on above your head before any problems arise. A good power wash can clear the roof of any unwanted moss or plant growth that may not be in-line with the aesthetic. Annual inspections can help you keep tabs on what, if anything, is happening “up there,” so as to prevent issues, including leaks that might create issues with water damage.
With the amount of rain that the Pacific Northwest receives, there’s no reason to not take heed and keep annual maintenance at the top of the list of things to do to protect you, your roof, your home, and your investment.
4. You may have never known it, but quality roofs should “breathe.”
There should be sufficient ventilation so that there’s enough airflow beneath the roof itself. This is important in maintaining the infrastructure of your roof. Without enough airflow, warm, moist air could get trapped under it and condensate. When this happens, the buildup can threaten to damage the wood components, the insulation, and the walls. With any sort of water damage, there’s the potential for decay and mold over time.
All roofs need to be designed and equipped with a ventilation system that enables air transport and breathability for the home or business.
5. Your roof can be environmentally friendly.
There are “cool roofs” and they benefit the environment by reflecting UV rays and infrared radiation. In doing so, the building stays cooler and the need for the traditional amount of energy consumption is altered. The reduction will save you money in your energy bills. It will also reduce the greenhouse gases and air pollution released into the environment .
Sometimes, you will even see “green roofs,” where people opt to have a small, varied water- and pollution-absorbing plant layer. These nontraditional ideas can be discussed with professionals. As if they’re a feasible option with the roof specifications for your home or commercial building .