Best RoofingMaterials for Various Weather Conditions
Below, we’ve compiled the five best roofing materials for anyone living in extreme weather.
1. Fiberglass Asphalt Shingles Asphalt is the most popular roofing material on the market because it is inexpensive. Fiberglass asphalt shingles are made with fiberglass mat surrounded by layers of asphalt and coated with mineral granules. It offers better advantages in extreme weather conditions than organic shingles. Besides being cost effective, asphalt comes in a variety of shapes and colours, meaning homeowners have flexibility in choosing an appearance for their home.
2. Cement “S” Tiles Cement “S” tiles are made with concrete and cement, making them extremely durable. Cement tiles give the appearance of a tiled roof, but the cost is comparably cheaper. Additionally, homeowners can choose among many styles and colour options, although “S” tiles may be better for weather resistance. Cement tiles are a fantastic choice for areas with extreme wind, hail, heat, and snowy weather. Something to consider is that the cement tiles will be very heavy and must have an extremely sturdy house to carry the weight of the roof.
3. Metal Metal has become more popular in recent years. It is some of the lightest roofing material available and it is both durable and sustainable. Metal roofing is extremely resistant to snow and ice formation; snow and ice will slide off the material, leading to lack of buildup on roofs. Additionally, metal is durable. Some materials can stand up to 140 mile-per-hour winds. For those living in hot conditions, metal materials may also help lower air conditioning costs. In cold weather, some suggest metal roofing must be insulated properly in order for the house to avoid losing heat. Metal is also expensive, and cheaper metal materials may dent under hail or other situations, although some are guaranteed not to dent. Metal roofs are also prone to leaking.
4. Clay “S” Tiles In general, tile is a popular choice for houses, but clay is particularly useful in regions with extreme weather. Nothing says “Stylish” quite like clay tiles. “S” tiles are great for circulating air. The shapes allows air to move below the roof, keeping the house cool. That’s why clay “S” tiles are fantastic for hot climates. Clay is also fire resistant, useful in windy, and rainy areas. Like concrete, clay is heavy. It requires a strong structure in order to be supported. Clay is also weaker than other material types.
5. Slate Slate is yet another environmentally-friendly roofing material. Slate is quite rare in some areas, but it is an attractive choice for roofing. Slate may be the most durable roofing material. It is resistant to wind and storms, hail and fire. It’s also less prone to leaks and moisture collection. It is actually the recommended material for sloped roofs created with the main goal of waterproofing. Because of how rare slate is, slate is expensive. Furthermore, slate is heavy, meaning a strong foundation is required to withstand its weight, and can break if handled incorrectly.
Knowing the best roofing materials for extreme weather is always a bonus when it comes to deciding on a new roof. If you’ve decided, give us a call. Our experts here at Dykstra Knight Roofing and Renovations are more than happy to help.