Three Great Roofing Materials For Hot, Dry Climates

Posted on: 23 August 2016

Not all roofing materials are created equal. If you live in a hot, dry climate, you'll need to choose a roofing material that does not break down when exposed to heat, reflects a lot of sunlight to keep your AC bills in check, and does not become brittle in the dry air. Here's a look at three such roofing materials.

Slate

Slate roofs can be costly. (Prices start at $9 - $10 per square foot for a basic slate roof.) However, you get what you pay for. Since slate roofs are made from natural stone, they have no issue standing up to the hot, dry weather. Stone contains little moisture anyways, so there's no concern that the slate will become too dry and brittle. Slate comes in a range of shades, but as long as you choose a lighter color, it will reflect plenty of sunlight and keep your home cool. If you live near the coast, you don't have to worry about the salty air corroding the slate. In fact, with a life expectancy of 100 years or more, the roof will probably outlast you!

Clay Tiles

Clay remains very strong in a hot, dry environment. It is baked as a part of the manufacturing process, after all. A bit less expensive than slate, clay tile roofing starts around $7 per square foot. The interlocking tiles can add a lot of character to your home. Traditional, terra cotta tiles create a Spanish or Mediterranean look, but a wide array of colors are available, allowing you to get creative with your home design. Clay is a great insulator, so it will help keep your air conditioning bills down in this manner, even if you don't choose the lightest shade. Like slate, clay tiles can last 100 years or more, though you may need to have some tiles replaced if they crack. Typically, tiles only crack after hail storms, if they are hit by heavy objects like tree branches, or if someone is not careful when walking across them.

Solar Shingles

Do you want to fully harness the power of the sun? Then consider roofing your home with solar shingles. These are similar to solar panels, but instead of mounting on the roof, they are the roof. They look like ordinary shingles, but each one contains a solar cell that captures the sun's energy and turns it into electricity. Solar shingles are perfect for a hot, dry climate as this is where they're able to capture the most energy. You'll have to invest a bit up front. Cost vary by region, but you can expect to pay $30,000 or more for the average roof. However, you'll save a lot on electricity and there may be tax incentives to cover much of the cost in your area.

For more information, contact companies like Ray's Accurate Roofing.

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Hi, my name is Mitch. Before retiring a few years ago, I worked in the roofing industry. Over the years, I worked in nearly every capacity, ranging from apprentice to general manager of the company. I know that purchasing a new roof for your home can be expensive and a bit intimidating. My goal is to provide useful advice to help you make informed decisions when it comes to your new roof. I'm going to share information about different roofing materials and why you may want to consider one over another. I'll also share where you can cut costs, and how to choose a reputable roofing company. I hope you find this information valuable.

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