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Different Types Of Roofing Materials For Different Climates

Published on September 30th, 2015

The area that you live in can have a great effect on the type of roofing you need to choose for your home. Not every roofing material should be chosen based on the price, aesthetic value or personal preference. You need to consider the fact that different climates require different types of roofing material to provide the best protection and comfort for you and your family and for your home.

We’ll show you the different roofing materials that are suitable for the different climates. They may be some overlaps, but follow along:

The Composite or Asphalt Shingle

Asphalt Shingles: Great for various types of homes throughout North America and Hold up well to weather conditions which include snow, heavy rain, small hail and moderate winds. They don’t stand up well to extremely heated and dry climates, because this may reduce their longevity by about 20 to 40 percent. They fare well in warm climates – you can choose shingles that are light in color and reflect heat.

Asphalt or composite shingles are, by far, the most common type of roofing material in use today. They are on virtually every new house, and they are also often used on older homes when new roofs are put on. They are inexpensive when compared to some other options, and they are durable. Many good brands of shingles have warranties of at least 10 years, and some of those warranties go up to 25 years or higher – which can be nice if it comes time to sell and the buyer’s inspection finds any issues that need fixing. With that in mind, this is usually the first option chosen. Many homeowners don’t even explore other options, because they feel this is the roofing for them. It’s what people are used to seeing on homes, too.

One of the advantages of asphalt shingles is their durability. They hold up very well, even in areas of the country where the climate can be difficult at times. They also come in a lot of different colors, so you won’t be stuck with a roof that is black or charcoal gray. You can choose among lighter grays, tans, browns, and some more unique colors, as well. These are all relatively neutral, but they’ll keep you from being trapped with a color you don’t like, or not having any choice in the matter. If you have siding that’s not a common color, you may want a roof that will go along with your color choices more easily, as well as remain durable.

Metal Roofing: These are a pretty good choice for all types of climate. Their longevity and durability can each up to about 50 to 100 years or more.

Having a metal roof is becoming more popular. It was avoided for some time because people worried about the noise it would create when it rained, but today’s metal roofing products tone that down considerably. It’s generally not noisy to live in a house with a metal roof and proper insulation, and these roofs can be very durable. They may not be right for every home, and some areas of the country where there is a lot of rainfall may not be the right locations for these roofs. While they are treated to reduce rusting, there is always the chance that rust will get started on them under the right conditions. Cost is also a factor.

Wood Shingles and Shakes: These natural and traditional roofing materials are not made for climates where there are constant high temperatures. The heat causes them to split or crack. Very rainy climates aren’t very good for them either, especially if they’re made from low quality materials, because they will be more likely to rot easily.

Clay or Slate Tile

Some homes, especially those of a more Spanish style or those that are located in the southwest, use clay or slate tiles. These tiles last for a long time and hold up against the heat, but they can have problems in extreme cold. They may crack, and that can lead to water leaks. Replacing them is not that difficult, but does take longer and cost more than replacing asphalt shingles. The cost to roof a home this way originally is also significantly higher than other options, so most people avoid this type of tile. Still, it’s very beautiful on the right home, and many people appreciate the detail and visual interest it can provide.

Slate: This roofing material is extraordinarily durable and it is great from almost all climate conditions. It stands up well under heavy rains and it is great for cooling down your home in warm weather.

Clay Tiles: This material does not stand up well to climates with heavy snow, ice or hail, but they are great for areas that experience heavy rains and consistent sunshine.

Discuss your concerns about your roofing materials with us – we can help you. If you’re in Nashville, you can contact us for all of your roofing needs. We are certified roofers in Nashville and we start with an inspection and a FREE estimate for your roof installation, repair, or replacement. Even when storms do their damage, we’re there for you to fix leaky roofs and more. Pick up the phone and call – we’re waiting!

Whether you need to put a new roof of the house you already have or you’re trying to decide on roofing material for a house you’re building, it’s important to get the components you want. That way you’ll not only like the way the house looks, but you’ll feel like you did your part to be sure that it seals up well and is safe for you to live in and enjoy. You want a roof that’s going to be durable and solid, one that will last for years, and one that looks good and fits in with the neighborhood. Fortunately, there are several types of roofing materials to choose from, so you can get one that meets your needs and your roofing budget.

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