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Roof Types

Homeowners have many roofing product choices – from budget to luxury in many colors and styles. Raindrop Roofing Northwest has over 27 years local experience working with homeowners to choose the best roof for their money and installing it correctly no matter which manufacturer’s products you ultimately choose.

We’ve created this overview to help homeowners sift through some of the basic roofing options. We don’t expect you to have all of the answers before you call. We’re happy to discuss any of these options and the many styles, price points, and warranties that accompany them in depth when we visit you for a free estimate.

Steep Pitch Roofs: Products & Benefits

  1. Laminate/Composite Asphalt Shingles
    • Wide range of colors and styles
    • Top quality options from budget to luxury
    • Warranties range from 30 years to lifetime – depending on shingles chosen
    • Simple maintenance
  2. 3-Tab Shingles
    • Recommended by the Oregon Historical Society
    • Warranties are typically 20-30 years
  3. Cedar Shingle & Cedar Shake Roofs
    • Beautiful color of natural cedar
    • Cedar gives roof more dimension than typical asphalt roofs
    • Sustainable resource grown locally in Pacific Northwest & western Canada
  4. Metal Roofs
    • Durable and often comes with a lifetime material warranty
    • Resistant to rust, fading, and chipping
    • Many color choices
    • Great for snow loads
  5. Tile Roofs
    • Various styles and colors
    • Lifetime warranty
    • Complements historic and modern Mediterranean architecture
    • Essential to have an experienced roofer to correctly maintain them

Flat Roofs: Products & Benefits

  1. TPO (Thermoplastic olefin)
    • Color options: White, gray, and black
    • Excellent UV stabilizers
    • Few seams in the roofing where water can leak in
    • Energy Star rated for efficiency
    • We can offer Genflex or Weather Bond materials and labor warranties carried by the manufacturer. Genflex’s TPO roofing systems include 15 or 20-year warranties. Manufacturer carried warranties means that even if the roofing contractor is no longer in business that the manufacturer will cover any warranty repairs (both labor and materials).
  2. PVC Roof
    • Color choices: White or gray
    • Expands and contracts easily with weather patterns
    • Different PVC thicknesses offer property owners budget to long-lasting option
    • Few seams in the roofing where water can leak in
    • Energy Star rated for efficiency
    • Raindrop Roofing Northwest installs Johns Manville PVC
  3. Basic black rubber roofing (EPDM)
    • Contains UV stabilizer
    • Installed with adhesive solvents
    • Good shorter term option
  4. Torch Down Roof
    • Smooth torch down and granulated torch down products available
    • Warranties range from 10 to 20 years with full system (labor and product) coverage
    • Redundancy of layering ensures water protection
    • Granulated torch down products are offered in many decorative colors.
    • Raindrop Roofing Northwest is one of the only roofers in the Portland metro area appropriately certified and authorized for Torch Down roofing.

Our company is a Silver Star-certified installer for CertainTeed. That means that CertainTeed has enough confidence in our work that they offer a no-dollar limit warranty on our flat roof installations.

Frequently Asked Questions

 Will the estimator go over my options with me?

Yes, our estimators are very knowledgeable in all of the roof types we offer. They can present different options from the most basic grade of shingle to the highest grade on the market.

Which type of roof do I have?

Most single family homes in Oregon and Washington have steep pitched roofs. Some front porches, decks, additions, or freestanding garages have flat roofs. Modern homes, Rummer homes. If you aren’t sure, just call us at 503-526-3887 or contact us to set up an appointment for a free estimate.

Can both steep pitch roofs and flat roofs be converted to green roofs?

Absolutely. Check our green roof options below and then schedule a free estimate to learn more. Beyond solar shingles and preparing roofs for plants, we offer energy efficient and Energy Star rated roofing options for both steep pitched and flat roofs.

If you have any questions please contact us, we’re happy to help you out.

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