Which is the right roof type for your climate


There are dozens of roofing choices available to you when it’s time for a new roof. Many factors have to be considered when selecting that roofing material and not all of them will be right for your particular circumstances. One important factor that many homeowners don’t think about is climate. A roof type that works great for one climate won’t necessarily work as well for another. The following general guidelines can give you an idea of which roof types are best for various climates and which ones should be avoided in certain climates.

Humid climate

In areas that get a lot of moisture, mold, rot, algae, and moss are a constant threat. Wood shingles or shakes as well as most asphalt shingles are susceptible to these problems. Tile, metal, and slate are going to be better at resisting these problems that result from lots of moisture. You can install zinc or copper strips or use shingles that are manufactured with algaecides as well if you don’t want to pay for a premium material.

High temperatures

Certain roof types like rubber or asphalt will absorb heat which leads to increased cooling costs and premature roof failure. Clay or cement tile are the most popular options for extreme temperature since they won’t warp or crack with rising and falling temperatures. Metal roofing also reflects heat and is most likely going to cost less than a tile roof.

Lots of snow

Areas that gets lots of snow need to have roofs that shed snow easily. Lightweight roofs are also good so that your roof deck can support the weight of the roof and the snow. Asphalt shingles are lightweight and inexpensive but metal may be the best option since it’s smooth texture will shed snow more easily.

To get more specific roofing advice for your areas, the best thing to do is to contact a local roofing contractor. For recommendations for roofs in the Spokane area, contact a Spokane roofing company for a free consultation.

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