Asphalt shingle roofing may remain the most popular style of roofing, but is it the best choice for your home? Or would metal be a smarter option? There are several factors to consider, but one that’s often overlooked is the climate in which you live. Your roofing materials are exposed to the elements constantly, so your home’s climate should be a major deciding factor when it comes to your roof replacement. And roofing materials will respond differently to various climates.
In hot climates like the South, it’s key to find a roof that won’t conduct excess heat into your home. Clay tiles are popular, particularly in the Southwest, because they’re heat resistant and largely durable and wind resistant. This is one of the most expensive roofing materials, however. Metal roofing is a bit of a mixed bag in exceptionally hot climates. It can be difficult to install, as it’s hot to the touch. However, it reflects sunlight rather than absorbing it, so it can be an efficient option for your home.
Color matters, too, when it comes to hot climates. Dark colors absorb more heat while light reflects heat. Lighter asphalt shingles are a possible option for hot climates, although if the climate is hot and humid, asphalt shingles can develop problems with mold or algae.
If you live in a cold climate, on the other hand, you want darker roofs in order to absorb more heat from the sun. You also have to consider heavy snowfall, as is often the case in the Midwest. Slate and clay tile roofs are heavy, and with the added weight of snow can be burdensome. Here, flat rubber roofing is a great option because it will absorb heat and resist heavy winds more strongly than asphalt roofing. Metal roofing is also a good option for areas with heavy snow, as it will resist damage from ice more strongly than other roofing materials.
Wet, Windy Climates
Coastal regions are known for heavy rains, wind, and humidity. In these regions, asphalt roofing simply isn’t strong enough to hold up. Shingles can be blown off the roof or mold, algae, and roof rot can form due to heavy humidity. Wood shakes, too, are too susceptible to rot. Flat roofs are a good idea here to resist wind, but they can have issues with leaks so you’ll want to choose one of the more durable options. The durability of metal roofing comes through again in this climate, as well as PVC and TPO single ply roofing membranes.
Before choosing your roof replacement, consider the climate of Chicago and the area in which you live. Contact Best 4 U Roofing today for more help finding the best roof for your home.