Getting a new roof for your Houston home? It’s probably time to consider what material the builders will be using. In the Texas sun, the longer your roof will last, the less heat you’ll have to deal with inside your house.
Popular Roofing Materials
When shopping for roofing materials, most people consider durability and cost to be the most important factors. But don’t forget about appearance! Your roof doesn’t have to be ugly. Between cost, appearance, and durability, three types of roofing materials have shown themselves to be the best choices for Houston homeowners:
- Metal roofing
- Roof tiles
Arguably the most commonly used roofing material today, shingles can be seen on thousands of Houston homes. Most shingles used on homes today are asphalt shingles, made of fiberglass covered in light-resistant, colorful asphalt. These types of shingles are widely popular in Houston due to their average 30-year lifespan, high wind and water resistance, and affordability. Just make sure to find high-quality asphalt shingles! In the Houston heat, a cheap shingle can crack and peel, exposing your roof to damage.
Some homeowners opt for wooden shingles instead. With proper treatment and maintenance, wooden shingles are surprisingly resistant to both water and fire. Just keep in mind that wooden shingle roofing costs more compared to asphalt, and some residential areas prone to fire won’t allow it.
Pro Tip: Poorly cleaned roof shingles can provide a perfect place for algae to grow. Don’t let algae eat away at your roof and create leaks! Call a professional cleaning service to keep your roof algae-free.
2) Metal Roofing
With modern improvements, metal roofing has retained its high durability while improving its appearance. Metal rooftops are now available in colors or patterns to mimic more conventional rooftops. These roofs can also be installed in large sheets instead of hundreds of small tiles, creating fewer cracks to rain to seep through. Just remember that this is also by far the most expensive option for Houston homeowners. The higher cost of a metal roof is usually negligible compared to its long lifespan, but emergency repairs can cost you more than just replacing a few shingles.
3) Roof Tiles
Tiles, ranging from clay or slate to even solar panels, also appear frequently on Houston rooftops. A tiled roof has significantly more curb appeal than most shingles or metal roofing, in addition to easily keeping out the Texas heat. Plus, tiles of any kind easily resist fire, insects, and water leakage. They’re certainly a fantastic choice!
Of course, any roofing style has its disadvantages. The durable nature of tiles makes them very thick and heavy, so roof installation or repairs can be a chore. They can also break if a homeowner walks on the roof, requiring further work. The best way to maintain a tile rooftop is to hire professionals to do the installation and prevent additional maintenance work for a long time to come.
A Long-Lasting Roof
While appearance is certainly important to homeowners, most Houston residents give more attention to keeping out the sun and rain and cultivating a long lifespan for their roof. Texas homes are particularly vulnerable to heat and direct sunlight for most of the year. Consider how much sun your house gets every day and research different roofing types to find the best option for you.
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