Choosing Roofing Materials for Hot Climates

Mar 18, 2013 No Comments by

A roof is a huge investment that adds value to your home—in addition to keeping you safe and dry—so selecting the right roofing material is a weighty decision. Cost shouldn’t be the only factor you consider though; the climate you live in plays an important role in determining how long your roof will last and what you pay in energy costs.


For those in hot climates, the roofing materials listed below are particularly well suited to withstanding the heat.


Slate- This option is widely acknowledged as one of the most beautiful roofing materials, although it is also one of the heaviest and most expensive. However, slate is available in light colors that reflect the sun’s rays and is therefore effective at reducing heat absorption.


Terra Cotta- These materials have been used in hot climates for millennia and reflect heat due to their composition and their light color. The terra cotta is baked in a kiln, and the resulting hardness prevents them from absorbing large amounts of heat. Furthermore, the curved shape of the tiles allows air to circulate between them, cooling the roof down.


White Tiles- This option is durable and reflects heats well. According to the magazine Better Homes and Gardens, flat white tiles reflect as much as 77 percent of solar rays. The downside? Power washing is required to maintain the reflectivity that the white color provides—not mention keeping a clean appearance.


White Metal- Metal roofing typically costs more than more traditional roofing metals, but it pays off in terms of energy savings and upkeep in warmer climates. Don’t forget to consider the angle of the roof’s slope, or you’ll be receiving angry calls from neighbors blinded by the glare!

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