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Things to do in Portland/Vancouver This Summer

June 27, 2017

There is no doubt that the pacific northwest is a naturally beautiful area. From the gorgeous, prominent mountains like St. Helens, Hood, Bachelor, and more, to the wondrous waterfalls like Multnomah falls and Shoshone falls. If you love being outside, summer in this area is a haven for you! Whether you are an avid hiker, or prefer enjoying the outdoors without working up a sweat, we’ve compiled a short list of some awesome places to enjoy the outdoors this summer, right here in the Portland/Vancouver area!

1. Vancouver Lake Park While Portland may be who is known for hikes and outdoor activities, Vancouver is not lacking in it’s own nature sites. One popular summer destination is Vancouver Lake Park. This park spans an area of 190 acres and follows the shore line of the lake for about 2.5 miles. It’s a great family destination with options for water activities such as kayaking, windsurfing, and swimming, as well as land fun such as playground equipment, sports, and family walks! On top of providing an area for recreational activities, it also provides wonderful views of the lake and multiple mountains in the area.

 

2. Ridgefield Wildlife RefugeJust north of Vancouver you will find the beautiful Ridgefield Wildlife Refuge. A place to not only enjoy the views of mountain and trees but also of many of the animals native to the area. If you prefer to enjoy the view from the air conditioning of the car, they have an auto tour route that allows you to drive through parts of the refuge looking for animals. Wanting to stretch those legs? They have multiple trails and viewing areas to provide you with a long or short walk and an even better chance of sighting an animal in their natural habitat. Some of the animals you might see include coyotes, deer, otters, geese, herons, or more! All in all, this family friendly refuge is a great option for a day out this summer!

 

3. Farmers’ Market – If you like to get outside, but prefer to stay in town and around people, many cities in the area offer an outdoor market during the summer! You’ll want to double check the days and times of each one before you go, to make sure they are open, but between Portland, Vancouver, Camas, Ridgefield, and more you have plenty of options to choose from!

 

 

 

 

4. Multnomah Falls A short drive outside of Portland is the iconic Multnomah Falls. This is a popular tourist destination for people from all over the world. It’s no wonder either, with it’s easy viewing! If you want a short hike or a long hike you can choose to walk up to the bridge or you can do the whole loop hike that goes up to the top. If you prefer to just stay at the bottom you will still get a wonderful full view of the falls! With a restaurant and gift shop you can also enjoy air conditioning and lunch without getting in your car!

 

 

5. Oregon Zoo – This is another popular Portland summer destination. The Oregon Zoo spans 64 acres and features amazing exhibits and animals. They are well known for their elephants as they have an amazing conservation program and strive to provide the best habitat possible for them! They have plans to continually improve guest and animal experience, including updating the polar bear, monkey, and rhino habitats. But none of these plans get in the way of guests getting to enjoy a wide variety of animals and activities now! You can also check out their summer concert schedule and enjoy outdoor concerts in the center of the zoo!

 

6. Forest Park – A beautiful nature paradise in North Portland, Forest Park offers multiple hiking options ranging from simple walks to longer, more difficult hikes. They also have trails which allow horses, mountain bikes, and overnight backpacking trails. Whatever your preference, this is definitely a stop you should check out this summer!

 

 

 

We know this list doesn’t even touch on the vast amount of outdoor options in the Portland/Vancouver area, but it’s a great starting point! Grab some friends, family, or enjoy a day by yourself and enjoy the summer weather. As with anything, Northwest Roof Maintenance encourages you to be safe and smart. Take water, and food, and always let someone know where you’ll be in case something happens to you! Most of all, have fun, enjoy your summer and stay tuned for more ideas of how you can get out and about in Portland/Vancouver!

The Pros & Cons Of Different Roofing Materials

June 5, 2017

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When it comes to roofs, your experience with maintenance and repairs will depend on what type of roofing material you have. Some roofing materials require very little maintenance, while others require a lot and are more vulnerable to damage.

Tile, Cedar, and composition are three popular roofing options, each with unique qualities. Whether you’re choosing a material for your new roof or learning more about maintaining the roof you have, it’s important to understand the benefits and drawbacks of these common roofing materials.

 

Tile Roofs

Tile roofs are a classic, distinctive style of roofing popular in the South and Southwest. No wonder! Tile roofs resist damage from scorching heat and sunlight, making them a great choice for these areas. Roofing tiles can be made of clay, concrete, or a sand-cast material, but they all function in the same way.

Pros

  • Unique curb appeal – Tile roofs create an attractive look for adobo and other Southwestern-style homes.
  • Built to last – Generally, a tile roof will last for years and years. Some claim to last 50 years, but you can find homes with tiles that are older.
  • Fireproof – Unlike untreated wood roofs, tile roofs are fireproof. They also naturally resist mildew, algae, and insects.

Pro Tip: Concrete tiles can be styled to mimic the look of cedar. This means you can enjoy a cedar roof appearance without the high maintenance!

Cons

  • Heavyweight – Tiles are heavy. So heavy, in fact, that your roof will need enforcement to support the weight!
  • High cost – It should be no surprise that heavy roofing materials — and roof reinforcements — come at a high cost financially.
  • Fragile – Walking on a tile roof can cause cracks, breaks, and other damage. Any work that needs to be done on or around the roof should be performed by a skilled professional to avoid damage.
  • Maintenance – While the tiles themselves require very little maintenance, the underlayment beneath them needs to be replaced every 8 to 20 years. This involves removing the tiles from the roof and repositioning them atop the new underlayment.

Learn more about maintenance for tile roofs.

Cedar Roofs

Cedar roofs are simply gorgeous. Cedar is a renewable resource that is locally sourced in the Pacific Northwest. Many homeowners are drawn to cedar roofing for its aesthetic appeal, but unfortunately, it can fall into disrepair without the proper maintenance.

Pros

  • Exceptional beauty – It’s hard to beat the appearance of a cedar wood roof. Cedar has a natural beauty which ages well too.
  • Durability – Cedar roofs are long-lasting, resistant to insects, and generally good with storms.
  • Energy efficient – Cedar provides a natural insulation, which helps to keep home heating and cooling costs low.
  • Eco-friendly – As mentioned, cedar is a renewable resource. It’s common for Cedar harvesters to replace every tree used with another.

Cons

  • High cost – A cedar roof is a significant investment. Cedar shingles are more expensive to purchase and install compared to other roofing materials. The longevity of cedar, provided it’s properly maintained, can often provide a high return on investment.
  • High maintenance – Cedar requires diligent maintenance. In addition to annual inspections and cleanings, cedar roofs need regular moss, mold, and mildew removal and prevention treatments.
  • Can be flammable – Some building codes prohibit the use of cedar roofing materials due to their flammability. However, cedar shingles can be treated with fire retardants and chemical preservatives.

Learn more about maintenance for cedar roofs.

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Composition Roofs

We see a lot of composition roofs in the Vancouver, Washington area. In fact, they are found on more than 75 percent of homes!

Composition roofs are built with shingles made from composite materials like asphalt. There are three main types of composite shingles:

  • 3-Tab – The most basic, inexpensive, and least durable option. They get their name from the shingle having three tabs. Basically, 3-tab shingles are a low-cost alternative to more decorative and traditional materials.
  • Presidential – A more luxurious type of shingle with the look of cedar but the performance of composition roofing. Many homeowners enjoy the look of a hand-split wood shake roof without sacrificing durability.
  • Architectural – Also known as laminated or dimensional shingles, architectural shingles are high-quality, durable, and stylish. Made from a heavy fiberglass mat base and ceramic-coated mineral granules, they give the roof dimension and protection.

Pros

  • Low upfront cost – Composition shingles are the most affordable roofing material in the short term (average lifespan is 12 to 17 years).
  • Variety of styles – Choose from 3-tab, presidential, and architectural shingles with a range of colors and features.
  • Relatively easy installation – Compared to other roofing materials, composition shingles are easy to install for any knowledgeable roofing contractor.

Cons

  • Vulnerable to bad weather – Composition shingles can be dislodged during storms by strong winds. They can also crack or break from any strong impact such as hail stones or fallen tree branches.
  • Vulnerable to heat – Asphalt shingles are not resistant to extreme heat, which may result in cracks and color loss. Also, extreme fluctuations in temperature can lead to expansion and contraction damages.
  • Shorter lifespan – If you are planning on staying in your home for more than 20 years, a composition roof may not be the best investment.
  • Not environmentally sustainable – Asphalt shingles are a petroleum-based product. The manufacturing process is not environmentally friendly, and the shingles often end up in landfills.

Learn more about maintenance for composition roofs.

 

Keep Your Roof In Top Shape No Matter The Material

No matter what material your roof is made from, it’s your responsibility to keep it well-maintained. Northwest Roof Maintenance can help!

We offer inspections, cleanings, coatings, moss removals, repairs, and more for homeowners in the Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, Washington areas. Contact us for a free estimate and for all the answers to your roofing material questions.