The Best Roof Shingles for a Hot Climate

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The Best Roof Shingles for a Hot Climate

by | Jul 18, 2022

If your roof is nearing the end of its lifespan, you will have many factors to consider when replacing it. While it may be tempting to make decisions based solely on the initial cost, it is important to think about longer-term aspects such as durability and maintenance. Using a material that can withstand hot temperatures can save you money in the long run despite a higher installation cost.

Asphalt shingles are common to install on a roof; however, they absorb more heat than other materials. That heat is transferred into your home, causing your air conditioning to work harder. Here are some alternatives to consider that will keep your home cooler during the heat of the summer.

Metal roofing can keep your home cooler in hot temperatures. It is typically lighter in color and will reflect heat from the sun rather than absorb it. When you combine this with proper insulation and good ventilation, it can reduce your summer utility bills.

The cost of installing metal roofing is higher than the cost of installing conventional asphalt shingles. Keep in mind that metal requires less maintenance and will likely last longer. You will also use less energy to run air conditioning, adding to your cost savings.

Similar to metal, slate shingles will reflect heat away from your home. The lighter the color, the better reflection it provides. Some homeowners also prefer the look of slate. It is a durable material and requires less maintenance than asphalt shingles. Slate can also be more fire-resistant than other materials.

Consider solar shingles if you want to take full advantage of the summer sun. They can either be installed over existing shingles or replaced entirely. Solar shingles offer more curb appeal than solar roof panels since they look like traditional shingles. They protect your home just like a traditional shingle. The technology continues to advance with solar shingles, so it is worth monitoring progress. However, solar is usually more expensive than your other options.

Radiant Barriers
Radiant barriers are made to perform in hot temperatures. The barriers are made of reflective insulation material that can benefit homes lacking insulation or that have ductwork in the attic. Radiant barriers work in tandem with your roof and can be inexpensive to install.

As you can see, you will want to consider more than the initial installation cost when replacing your roof. While a material may be the cheapest option upfront, it might not hold up as well in hot climates.

Rose Roofing can send one of our experts to your home for a free consultation. We can discuss installation costs, long-term maintenance, and the expected lifespan of different roof materials. This will allow you to see the big picture and select the best material to protect your home. Our team members will work with you to stay within your budget while finding a solution that meets your needs.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our knowledgeable professionals. We will keep your home protected for many summers to come.


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