What Are the Best Roofing Materials in Oregon?

Is it time to replace the roof of your Oregon home? Perhaps you’ve been dealing with a constant onslaught of roof issues, so now you’re searching for the best roofing materials for your home and the Pacific Northwest climate.

In this blog post, we’ll discuss the typical roofing materials Oregon homeowners and roofing contractors choose and why these products fall short compared to the latest roofing technology, such as the environmentally sustainable and highly durable composite roof tile.

The Most Common Types of Roofing Materials in Oregon

When considering Oregon’s environment, most people think of the western part of the state, where the air is thick with humidity and moisture is a serious concern. However, parts of eastern Oregon are arid, so the best roofing material for your home largely depends on where you live.

Let's break down the most popular types of roofing materials you will see on Oregon homes:

Asphalt Shingles

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Asphalt shingles are the most prevalent roofing material across the United States, and Oregon is no exception. This material is affordable, works in various climates, and holds up well in harsh weather.

The lifespan of asphalt shingles is around 15 to 25 years, and you can hire nearly any roofing company to do the installation since it’s such a basic material.

Wood Shingles

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Wood shingles, especially cedar shakes, are a favorite for Oregon homeowners who want a classic, outdoorsy look for their Pacific Northwest home. Cedar shakes are aesthetically pleasing and sufficiently weather-resistant, even if you get a lot of heavy rain, snow, or wind.

Cedar shake roofs can last more than 30 years with proper maintenance, but they are a more expensive option than other roofing materials.

Metal Roofing

Metal roofs work well for Oregon weather because they easily shed water and snow, protecting your home from moisture damage. A metal roof won’t have mold or algae growth issues, and maintenance requirements are typically low during its 50-year life expectancy.

Slate Tiles

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One of the priciest options for Oregon homeowners is slate tile, which is a beautiful roofing material that can last more than 100 years. Slate is fire-resistant, durable enough to withstand high winds and hail, and significantly raises the value of your home.

Now that you have a better understanding of the common roofing materials used in Oregon, let's take a closer look at their disadvantages, and a better alternative, Brava Roof Tile.

The Disadvantages of Traditional Roofing Materials

Disadvantages of Traditional Roofing Materials

Now that you know about all the advantages that draw Oregon residents and roofing contractors to asphalt shingles, wood shingles, metal, and slate tiles, you should know that these materials have plenty of downsides to consider before putting them on your home.

Below, we’ll list some ways the traditional roof materials we mentioned fall short and why you should consider installing a Brava Roof Tile product.

Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt shingles might last over 20 years, but you’ll likely need multiple repairs because these shingles tend to decay and damage easily from debris impact and high winds. The amount of maintenance could also be extensive, especially if you live in a damp area with many trees nearby.

Wood Shingles

Shake shingles are nice to look at, but they’re also a fire hazard. Many cities have banned wood shakes because of the fire risk, so it might not even be an option for your home.

Besides the burn risk, wood shakes require expensive chemical treatments to extend the roof’s life and are susceptible to mold and rot.

Metal Roofing

cons of metal roofs in oregon

Metal roofs are strong and provide excellent drainage, but the material doesn’t usually work well in wet environments. If the protective coating on metal roofing has damage, the metal can quickly begin corroding, leaving your home vulnerable to leaks and pests.

Slate Tiles

Besides the fact that slate tiles are exceptionally costly, they’re heavy and require special installation methods to ensure the structural integrity of your house. Slate tiles are brittle, making them easy to break when transporting, installing, or walking on top of them after installation.

Why Is Brava Composite Roof Tile the Best Roofing Material for Oregon Homes?

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Brava composite roof tiles give you all the advantages of high-quality roofing materials without the risks. Composite tiles come from recycled plastic, allowing you to customize them in any color or style. Brava products include composite alternatives for cedar shakes, slate tile, and clay roofs.

Here are just a few of the advantages Brava composite roofing tile has over traditional roofing materials:

  • Higher durability

  • Longer lifespan

  • Class A or C fire rating

  • Class 4 impact rating

  • 50-year warranty

  • More options for customization

Request Your Sample of Brava Roof Tile

If you want the best roofing materials for your home in Oregon, request a custom sample of one of our Brava composite tile products, including cedar shake, slate roofing tile, and Spanish barrel tile. We can also provide an estimate for our roofing tiles based on the square footage of your project.

Contact us now to ask for your sample.