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What You Should Know About Composition Roofing

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If you don’t know much about composition roofing, it is a traditional shingle roof you see on many houses here in Oregon.

If there is a roof project in your future, give yourself a refresher on the cost savings and efficient installation of composition roofing options. And if you want to see pricing and design options, please contact us for a free estimate. We are always happy to help.

What is Composition Roofing?

Composition shingles are a combination of a fiberglass foundation, with water resistant asphalt and granules serving as a protective layer against the elements. There are two main categories for your consideration with many design and style options between them depending on your budget and overall aesthetic goals for your home.

1. Architectural Shingles

These are a step up in both quality and price. These shingles are thicker and more durable than now discontinued three-tab shingles, offering enhanced protection against wind, rain, and other elements. Architectural shingles also tend to have long warranties and can add value to a home due to their enhanced aesthetics and overall durability.

2. Designer shingles

These are meant to mimic the appearance of premium roofing materials such as shakes or slates, giving the roof a luxurious and artistic appearance. Designer shingles are typically thicker and more durable than architectural shingles, making them an even longer-lasting composition roofing investment. However, they also come with the highest price tag of the two options, reflecting their superior quality and aesthetics.

Why Choose Composition Roofing?

In short, the best reasons to choose composition roofing are the cost savings, speed of installation, and pacific northwest weather. Composition roofing is very popular, which means materials are often readily available and usually more affordable. Additionally, it should be noted that delivery times are shorter for shingles than specialized products.

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Once the roof replacement begins, a shingle roof tear off and reroof can be completed in 2 to 4 days depending on home size and weather. In general, with our mild Oregon weather (despite some ice and wind storms) shingle roofing is enough to provide ample protection for your home (with some exceptions for the mountain and the coast line). With harsher weather or more rainy areas, additional underlayment and quality roof decking can also help to reinforce your roof.

Why to Not Choose Composition Roofing?

In regards to those exceptions, some areas with heavier snowfall may choose metal roofing instead of composition roofing. Metal roofing is durable for bearing heavy weights and sloughing off snow. But for the Willamette Valley and most of Oregon, traditional shingles suit our weather just fine and are the popular choice.

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Dakota Roofing specializes in Salem roof repair and Salem roof replacement so you can be confident that your home is protected for years to come. Our goal is competitive pricing, safe crews, and superior customer service. We offer free estimates and emergency roof services. We are your Salem roofer, Keizer roofer, Albany roofer, and Portland roofer serving homeowners across in the Pacific Northwest, Oregon, and Washington.


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