If you’re thinking about a new roof for your current or new home, then you may have a few decisions to make. For instance, What works with your home’s architecture? Which material has the longest life? What roofing material fits best within your budget?
One important consideration you may not have thought about is: what type of roof wears best in the Southeastern / Southern climate?
Different Climates, Different Roofing
Some roof materials, like slate and asphalt are used in the Northeast and Northwest because they are great at withstanding heavy snows, while others, like metal, absorb less heat in hot climates. Others provide excellent fire resistance—especially important if you’re in a part of the country that frequently faces wildfires.
The South has the luxury of having four seasons--occasionally, all in one day! While none of our seasons are consistently extreme, we can see a range of weather patterns, so homeowners should select roofs that work reliably in each situation.
With the Southeast’s average low temperature of 30° in January and an average high of 90° in July, homeowners need to look for roofing materials that can handle a range of temperatures.
Another issue is wind resistance. Some types of roofing, such as clay and concrete, have low wind resistance. Although the southern US area is at a low risk for tornadoes, we have had some, most notably the April 2011 outbreak that included a tornado that went through downtown. In addition to tornadoes, the coastal areas can feel the wind and torrential rains from occasional hurricanes and tropical storms.
And, as anyone who’s been in the South during the summer can tell you, we also have humidity. Some roofs, such as wood shingles and shakes, must be properly cleaned and maintained to ensure moisture and infestations don’t cause roof decay.
With all of these weather related parameters in mind, many homeowners choose these types of roofs:
Asphalt shingles make up 80% of the residential roofing market in the U.S., and are commonly used in the Southeast. Asphalt shingles hold up in most weather conditions but can have a shorter life in very hot, dry climates.
Slate roofs are incredibly durable and can withstand moisture, heavy snow and heat. However, they can be expensive to install and repair but will have the longest life span of any roof material.
Metal roofs work in all climates and are very durable, but can be noisy—which can be a downside, particularly during a rainy season.
The best way to determine the right roofing material for your home is to talk with a roofing expert. At Baker Roofing, we understand the importance of protecting your home. We can recommend the best roofing material, taking into consideration what works best for your home’s aesthetics as well as your desired maintenance, budget and roof longevity.