Posted on: 8 July 2016
For many homeowners, the default method for choosing a roofing material is to simply go with the least expensive option. After all, a roof simply has to keep the elements out and no one really sees it, so it doesn't matter what the roof is made from, right? Not so fast. A roof has to contend with whatever weather events mother nature throws at it. Thus, you should first consider your local climate, and then choose a roof that has the right characteristics to stand up to the local weather.
Asphalt shingles are prone to all sorts of deterioration caused by the weather. Hail can scrape off the protective granules that coat asphalt. The sun can then bake out any residual moisture in the tar that holds the shingles together, leaving them brittle. Wind can rip shingles right off a roof. Snow can create ice dams, which create the risk of water damage. Thus, asphalt roofing is a good choice if you live in a moderate climate where extreme weather is unlikely.
Clay tiles will not degrade under the sun's constant barrage of UV light; moreover, because clay tiles are so heavy, they will withstand even high winds. On the other hand, large hailstones can break clay tiles, and they are susceptible to impact damage. Thus, you should not use clay tiles if there is a risk that high winds will shake limbs loose from a tree and cause them to fall on a roof. They do work well, however, in hot climates where precipitation is unlikely and is mild when it comes.
Metal roofing stands up well to high winds due to the fact that it is affixed to your roof with screws. It will allow snow to slough off of your roof instead of building up, and since one continuous roofing panel extends from eave to ridge line, there is no risk of ice dams causing leaks. While falling objects, including large hailstones can dent metal roofing, you don't have to worry about punctures in your roof. Thus, metal roofing is a good choice when you know you will have to deal with extreme weather.
While these are not all of the options for roofing, the above discussion should be enough to illustrate how critical it is to consider your local climate when choosing roofing. While climate considerations might compel you to spend more on installation, you should save money on maintenance and repair costs, which should add up to net savings in the end.
For more information, contact Gulfside Roofing Inc or a similar company.Share