Hot and humid climates pose unique challenges for homes. Constant exposure to sunlight means the roofs need to be able to withstand high temperatures. And, considering power consumption accounts for a large portion of monthly household costs, roofs should be able to remain relatively cool in high temperatures.
Luckily, certain roofing systems are built for hot climates.
Slate Tile Roofing
The main advantages of slate tile roofs are their long-lasting durability and exceptional resistance to heat. Slate tiles can easily last up to more than 150 years and are impervious to heat, thanks to being made of stone.
There are significant drawbacks to a slate tile roof, however. For one thing, slate tiles are very heavy, with their average weight reaching about 8 to 10 pounds per square foot. This means your house’s structure needs to be sturdy enough to withstand the added weight.
Another drawback is slate tiles’ rather hefty upfront costs; they can cost between $50 to $100 per square foot.
Clay Tile Roofing
Clay tiles also don’t easily absorb heat and are an eco-friendly choice for environmentally conscious homeowners. Their main appeal lies in aesthetics as clay tiles are a prominent feature on rustic homes. Clay tiles’ drawbacks are similar to those of slate tiles as well; they roughly have the same weight although clay tiles are slightly less expensive.
Many homeowners, however, find that metal roofing is the best option for them. Metal is lightweight and, as such, can be used on practically all types of houses, unlike the aforementioned two.
Metal roofs reflect sunlight instead of absorbing it, reducing the strain on air conditioners and cutting your power costs. And, while metal roofs can’t compete with slate or clay tiles in terms of durability, most homeowners find them durable enough. Metal roofs can last for a long time, provided a new coating is applied from time to time.
Punum Roofing of Houston, Inc., is a GAF Master Elite® contractor with more than two decades’ worth of experience. We offer premium metal roofing products as well as a wide range of roofing services. To get a free estimate, call (713) 244-5530, or fill out this form.