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Different Roofing Materials


If you need to replace your roof, one of the most important decisions you’ll face is what type of roofing materials to use. In this article, we’ll provide a short description of each of the most popular options to help you with that decision.

Shingle Roofs

One of the most popular choices in the US, asphalt shingle roofs are cost-effective and easy to install. They come in various colors and styles but may require replacement sooner than other materials.

Built-Up Roof

Buit-up roofing is primarily used on low slope or flat roofs. It consists of multiple layers or bitumen and reinforcing fabric. It’s quite durable but can be costly to install and maintain.

Metal Roofs

Metal roofing material are long lasting and can withstand extreme weather conditions. They’re also recyclable, making them an eco-friendly option.

Green Roofs

Green or ‘living’ roofs come with a layer of vegetation covering a waterproofing system. They’re not only aesthetically pleasing but also energy-efficient and sustainable.

Solar Power Roofs

Solar roofing incorporates photovoltaic cells to generate electricity. While costly up front, they can lead to long-term savings in energy bills.

Membrane Roofing

Popular in commercial buildings, membrane roofing includes materials like EPDM, PVC, and TPO. These roofs are resistant to leaks and are relatively easy to maintain.

Wooden Roofs

Wooden shingles or shakes offer a natural, rustic appearance. However, they require regular maintenance to prevent rot and fire hazards.

Concrete Tile

Concrete tiles are a very durable but heavy option that can last for decades. They’re less expensive than clay tiles but offer similar aesthetic and durability benefits.


Asphalt is versatile and cost-effective, but less durable than other materials. It’s usually used in built-up roofing systems and comes in rolls or as shingles.

Slate Shingles

Slate offers a timeless, elegant appearance and is incredibly durable. However, it’s among the most expensive types of roofing material and requires skilled installation.


Choosing the right roofing material involves considering various factors such as your location, budget, and aesthetic preferences. Understanding the pros and cons of different types or roofing materials will help you to make an informed decision.

Who to Call

If you have any questions about roofing materials, you can trust the experts here at Gresham Roofing. We are a third generation, family-owned company that has proudly served the Portland Metro, Vancouver, Salem, and Oregon Coast areas, including PDX, Lake Oswego, Tualatin, and Camas since 1968. With over 50 years of expertise, we offer a comprehensive range of roofing services to both residential and commercial customers. We offer maintenance, repairs, and 24-hour emergency services to keep your roof in optimal condition. Our experienced team is committed to delivering quality and value, making us your go-to for any and all roofing needs. As a manufacturer-approved installer for major brands, all or our installations come with a full warranty.

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