If you’re reading this and living in Texas, or are thinking about living in Texas, keep reading and see which types of roofs are best suited for the Texas climate.
The good news is, any roof is a “good” roof. However, there are some that are a cut above the rest, and in this blog, we’ll cover which roofs those are and how Texas residents can benefit from them.
1. Asphalt Shingles
Hands-down the most common roof style in the US is asphalt shingles. They provide a cost-effective and varied catalogue of colors and types to choose from, so there are plenty of ways to find the right mix for your home in Texas.
To get even better efficiency from your shingle roof, keep in mind companies that Buildpro partners with, like Owens Corning, provide “cool roof” shingles and roofing materials. These materials utilize lighter colors and specially-coated granules to help deflect the sun’s rays, making these types of roofs a great choice for Texas heat.
Being the most cost-effective and versatile on this list, it’s no wonder asphalt shingle roofs are the most common among homeowners. This roofing type has a typical warranty between 20 and 40 years.
2. Clay and Slate Tiles
For a more stylish way to keep your home feeling and looking cooler, clay and slate tiles are the way to go. While their up-front cost is more expensive than asphalt shingles, you’ll save a good bit of money in the long run. These tiles allow you to not spend as much on maintenance and replacement (and, dare we say, not spend as much on the power bill, too.)
Clay and slate tile roofs are more efficient due to their natural abilities to resist rot, mold, insects and even fire. They are also more resistant to heat absorption, which means they’ll take less time to cool off after a hot day, as compared to asphalt shingles.
The one thing to keep in mind about clay and slate tiles is their weight. Depending on how your roof is framed, you may need additional support installed in order for your house to safely bear the extra weight.
Your best bet when considering this type of roof is to use a certified contractor or professional roofing company to make sure your roof is capable of bearing the increased weight without risking the integrity of the frame of your home.
Because clay and slate tiles are so durable (some lasting up to 150 years,) their warranties have an average coverage of about 50 years.
3. Metal Roofing
Metal roofing is one of the best roof types in Texas. Offering the durability of slate and clay and the versatility of asphalt, metal roofs have come an incredibly long way in recent history to bring homeowners both efficiency and curb appeal.
What makes metal roofing the best for Texas is its ability to cover all the bases for every particular climate in the state. For homes near the Gulf, metal roofs can deflect the bountiful sunshine and help keep your attic from turning into an oven. They can also handle high winds, heavy rains, and even hail better than other roofing options.
For the northern and western parts of the state, metal roofs can withstand snow and frost on those colder mornings with little risk of being cracked or broken like asphalt shingles.
Like clay and slate tile roofing, metal roofing can last almost indefinitely and require little to no maintenance. Typical warranty coverages last for 40 years.
So, Which Roofing Material is Best for Texas?
Well, we’ll let you decide.
There are plenty of factors to consider when you’re building a new home or looking to replace your existing roof. To help cover all your bases, consider a qualified contractor like Buildpro to help you make these decisions and bring your best roof forward.
With some of the best products and warranties in the industry, Buildpro knows a thing or two about roofing and will help you design, install, and maintain a roof to be proud of. Contact us today for a free consultation and quote.