Roofing material

Best Roofing Materials for Hot Climates

When you consider how a building keeps cool, the most common thing that comes to mind is air conditioning. But the first real line of defense against the heat is a building’s roof. And a hot day a good roof should be releasing, not storing and absorbing, the sun’s rays.

As Texas is known for its hot and humid climate, with only the winter season offering a much-needed release from the blistering heat, you should be critical of what sort of materials you choose for your roof. CP Roofing & Exteriors discusses the best roofing materials for hotter climates.

Asphalt Roofing

Asphalt roofing is the most cost-effective and popular roofing system on the market. The asphalt holds the heat in place, preventing it from seeping into the home through the attic or ceiling area.

By far the biggest advantage of composition shingles roofing is its relatively low upfront cost. This is the most affordable roofing option in the short term, which is why so many Texas homeowners favor it. In most cases, a properly installed asphalt shingles roof will equip your home with a decent level of protection with an average lifespan of 11 to 17 years, all for a modest upfront cost.

Though it’s a long-lived material, it does need a little additional maintenance since it doesn’t handle moisture very well. While the water resistance of asphalt is good, it is the sudden changes between wet and dry that can disturb the protective covering from the shingles.

Metal Roofing

Metal roofing is fast becoming the most popular alternative to asphalt thanks to its longer lifespan and sheer strength. It also has higher heat resistance than asphalt and is virtually immune to moisture and water damage. We advise using this roofing system if you want your home to have higher heat resistance.

Energy Efficiency. Attics in hot climates get extremely hot. That heat then transfers down into the home, dramatically increasing air conditioning costs and also making living spaces uncomfortable.

Metal roofing offers three ways in which it keeps homes cooler and reduces air-conditioning costs often by 20% or more.

  • Light colored metal roofs or metal roofs with special pigments in dark colors reflect radiant heat.
  • Metal roofs lose any gained heat very quickly to the sky when the sun sets or goes behind a cloud or even when a slight breeze blows. Other roofing materials capture and hold the sun’s heat.
  • Many metal roofs – especially the shingle, shake and tile look ones – have an integral airspace between the metal and the roof deck. This air space acts as a thermal break, stopping conductive heat transfer.

Learn more about the types of roofing CP Roofing & Exteriors offers.

If you need help deciding what material to use for your roofing, or you need professional roof repair, call us at (214) 609-3969 for more information on our services or start your free estimate now. We install asphalt and metal roofing throughout North Texas.