Getting your roof replaced is probably low on your list of fun things to do. Whether it gets damaged from falling trees, leaking, excessive wind, or other causes, you probably want to find the easiest roofing option available for you. Easy roofing options come in two different categories: easy installation and a roof that requires little maintenance. Either way, Interstate Roofing probably has an option for you.
There are plenty of easy roofing options available to people in the Portland, Oregon, area. Our family-owned roofing company has been helping Portlanders find easy roofing options for over 30 years. With options like membrane roofing and tile roofing, it won’t be hard to find an option that fits your specific needs while also being a hassle-free process. Here are a few easy roofing options that are available to you today.
Composite Roofing Shingles
Installing composite roofing shingles might be the most popular and easy roofing option available to you. These shingles are very common, thanks to their durability and relatively low cost (at least compared to other material options). If composite shingles aren’t already on your home, you’ve probably seen them on the homes of some of your neighbors. If you’re not sure what they look like, next time you’re out, search for small, rectangular shingles that vary in size, often appearing to overlap one another. They can come in a variety of colors.
Composite shingles are composed of a few different items, such as fiberglass, asphalt, and recycled paper. People like to choose this option for their homes because they’re both fire- and moisture-resistant, and some manufacturers even offer options that are resistant to mold and algae.
Since it’s composed of individual shingles, this also means that if a few shingles become damaged, you won’t have to replace the entire roof. These shingles can be easily replaced on a piece-by-piece basis, making composite shingles one of the easier roofing options to install. Depending on the quality of composite shingle you buy, they can also last for decades, so you can’t go wrong with this type of roofing.
Membrane roofing is a great option for commercial properties. It comes in a variety of styles, such as polymer membrane and single-ply membrane, and it’s a popular option for roofs that don’t have too much slope. It’s applied in large sheets that sit well atop flatter surfaces. Single-ply membrane is a lightweight and flexible option that’s relatively easy to install, yet it still provides the protection you need.
When a roof doesn’t have much of a slant to it, it’s easy for things to sit on the roof’s surface for a longer period of time. For example, both water and snow are able to pool on the surface of flat roofs, making them more susceptible to cracks. And if that surface has a lot of cracks, the water will easily find a way to seep through. The way that membrane roofing is applied ensures that there aren’t a large number of seams that allow water to get through to the building. The materials are warmed up for the installation and then they cool down and harden, allowing the seams to seal themselves.
Tile roofing is known to have a long life span. With the ability to last, it’s no wonder it has remained a popular option for centuries. Though an exact year for when tile roofing began cannot be specified, experts say it can be traced back to Ancient Greece. When a product is around for that long, there’s no doubting its helpfulness and practicality.
This type of roof is made from materials like clay or molded concrete, and it’s most commonly orange or brown in color. But a nice thing about this type of tile is that it can be available in a large variety of colors to suit your specific taste. Tile roofing is also able to withstand high winds and heat well. The weight of the tiles also aids in regulating indoor temperatures, so if you’re looking for a long-lasting roofing option, tile roofing may be the way to go.
Built-up roofing (BUR) is often referred to as a tar or gravel roof. To create this effect, multiple layers of reinforcing fabric and asphalt are applied at a very hot temperature. Done in large strips, roofing experts layer the roof in large strips with an asphalt mixture that depends on the amount of protection needed. After the desired layers are applied, an additional layer of crushed gravel or stone is applied to the surface. This creates a sealed surface to prevent pooled water from penetrating it, much like how membrane roofing operates.
Though this method is effective and commonly used, it’s also known to give off unpleasant fumes, due to the heating process. If you wish to avoid that, there are ways to have a built-up roof installed without heating the asphalt. Cold build-up roofing can be applied, creating the same desired final results.
Built-up roofing is a great choice if your roof is very flat. You might have seen it on the tops of larger buildings’ roofs, like on grocery stores and other commercial buildings. These roofs do a great job of protecting important products, and also provide a surface with a lot of grip if someone needs to go up there for any reason. The low maintenance makes it a perfect option for these types of buildings, and if applied correctly, they can last for a long time.
These are just a few of the many easy roofing options that are available to you at Interstate Roofing. Our skilled staff is able to help service all of your residential and commercial roofing needs.