Taking Climate into Consideration When Choosing Roofing Materials

Posted on: 20 July 2022

If your current roof is deteriorating quickly, the problem might be that the materials that the roof is made out of are simply not designed for the climate in which you reside. Different climates require different roofing materials to create a solid, long-lasting roof. Here are a few ways that different climates can affect roofs:

Cold Climates

Waterproof roofs are important in any environment where there is precipitation. However, waterproofing is even more in a cold and wet climate where there is a lot of snow. These types of climates also tend to be windy, so it's important to construct a roof that is capable of withstanding strong winds.

Hot and Humid Climates

In a hot and humid climate you'll need a roof that is resistant to moisture. Either the material itself should be water-resistant, or a protective coating can be applied. For example, while metal does corrode when exposed to moisture, you can apply a waterproof coating to prevent corrosion.

You'll also need roofing materials that are resistant to heat. Some materials, such as concrete and clay, are able to reflect heat effectively to keep the building cool.

Hot and Dry Climates

In a dry climate, comprehensive moisture resistance doesn't matter as much. What's more important is that your building materials do not absorb heat. Clay and slate roofs will be resistant to hot and dry weather and will also be able to protect your home from fire hazards that are common in hot and dry climates.

Temperate Climates

Most roofing materials do well in moderate climates, so you will be able to choose any type of roofing material you want.

Once you have determined which types of roofing materials would work well where you live, you can further narrow down your choices by focusing on other characteristics of your roofing material, such as: 

  • How much it costs
  • How long it lasts
  • How much maintenance it needs

If you have any questions be sure to consult a professional roofer on what choices will be right for you. Once you have chosen the roof that you want, have a professional roofing contractor replace your old roof.

A professional will know whether completely removing the old roofing materials and installing the new ones will be the best choice. Simply installing the new roof over the old one can offer your home extra protection, but it can also create a series of problems if not done correctly, and it will make your roof heavier. Make sure you have an expert's input when making this decision.