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confused smiley faceOne of the unsung heroes for a homeowner is a roof, but more importantly, the shingles on the roof. Without shingles on your roof, you just have a bunch of nice wood planks left exposed to all the elements.

But how do you know what type, style and material of shingle you should have?

Any reputable roofing company will tell you that the climate in which you live will be a big deciding factor when looking for the perfect shingles for your home. In this article, we will go over what shingles work best in various climates. This will make choosing your new roof a whole lot easier!

What Shingles Work Best In Hot Climates?

terracotta roof shinglesThe main thing you need out of your roof in hot climates is the ability to reflect heat. This will help keep your home cool by controlling the harshness of the sun rays from seeping inside.

Terracotta and clay are great material choices for hot weather. They are heat-resistant and extremely durable. Not only are they strong and dependable, but they can be very aesthetically pleasing, adding a nice zest to the outside appearance of your home.

slate roof shinglesAnother great material for your shingles is slate tiles. This is a natural material that is often requested by homeowners who value the vintage look. The lighter colored slate tiles help to reflect the heat, while darker colored tiles absorb it, Make sure that you have a balanced amount of each. Keep in mind that the prices for slate tiles might be more than other options.

metal sheet roofingMetal sheets, contrary to popular belief, are great options for roofing material in hotter climates. They are extremely durable. If you choose a lighter color of metal, the shingles will efficiently resist heat without letting the sun rays in. They are also a great option for the budget-savvy homeowner; they will quickly pay for themselves in their performance.

What Shingles Work Best In Cold Climates?

Now that we’ve covered options for hot climates, it’s time to see what materials hold up best in cold climates.

asphalt shinglesAsphalt is a common roofing material seen in colder climate areas, because it maintains its structural integrity so well against the colder elements. If your roof does incur damage, it is very easy for a professional to replace the damaged shingles. If you decide to go with an asphalt material, make sure you talk to us about impact-resistant shingles, so you can really get more bang for your buck.

Composite shingles are a lightweight alternative to a slate and cedar shake that is becoming quite popular. So long as you have a great foundation on your house, this type of material will offer more than enough reinforcement to your roof. It will keep you and your family safe and warm in the colder climates.

wood shinglesWe didn’t forget about wood shingles. This type of shingle is often used in cold climates, because it can provide twice the amount of insulation that an asphalt roof does. Wood shingle material will last about 25 years, so you won’t have to worry about replacing it for quite some time.

wood shake shinglesWood shake roofs are also a great material to use in cold climates. Because wood shakes are even thicker than wood, they will be able to resist stronger winds, rain and hailstones better than another roof material. Wood shake roofs last up to about 35 to 40 years if maintained properly.

Shingle Maintenance

As with any roof shingles, you need to take care of them with annual or biannual inspections and regular maintenance. Clear your gutters and regularly make sure no pests have made themselves at home. By doing these things, you will get the most life out of your roof system, no matter what type of climate you live in.

What are you waiting for?

Call Beneficial Roofing today to find out how we can help you choose the right material for your roof.

Metal Roofs

Metal roofing options are growing in popularity. The industrial look can give your home a modern edge and it’s very sensible to boot. They are most used down south due to their harsh weather and durable roofing needs. In climates where water damages most other roofing materials, metal is a winner. It’s a more expensive choice, but will pay for itself over time. The roof can last you up to 60 years vs. the most popular roofing material, asphalt shingles, that only last 20. Because of its light weight, it will also bear less weight on your home’s foundation and walls.

Asphalt Roofs

Asphalt shingles are the number one choice of homeowners in the U.S. They are the most readily available, affordable, as well as aesthetically pleasing to the eye. There are two categories of asphalt shingles, fiberglass and organic. Fiberglass shingles are less durable than organic, but less expensive and get the job done. As mentioned previously, you can expect a fiberglass asphalt shingled roof to last you approximately 20 years. Organic shingles are made of recycled felt paper. Both these options are coated with a water resistant coating and then sprinkled with ceramic pieces to reflect the sun’s UV rays.

Cedar Shake Roofs

Cedar shake are shingles made of wood coated with a fire resistant coating. It is an expensive option, but can look really beauiful and also help you save money on your energy bills going forward. In fact, you will make back your investment in heating and cooling because of the roof’s ability to insulate. This roofing option is durable and does well in high heat places, as well as in places where mother nature is extremely unpredictable (for example hurricanes, tornadoes, storms, etc). One major downfall is that this roofing option needs special installation, so before you commit to it be sure you find a roofing company with experience in cedar shake roofing that you trust.

Tile Roofs

Tile roof shingles are made of ceramic or slate and come in a variety of colors, but are most commonly purchased in a orange/terracotta hue. They are very durable and can last you 50-100 years or more. They withstand the elements well, specifically the heat of the sun, so they are popular choices in hot climates. This choice can also effect your heating and cool bills in a positive way, due to its good heat resistance.