Whether this is your first roofing experience or you’ve been down this road (or roof) before, you may be surprised at the multitude of materials, colors, lifespan and price ranges you have to choose from when you consider the look of the roof you want. 

While the aesthetic of a roof is the most common factor when choosing material for the job, the lifespan and durability should be a determining factor as well. As a Texan, you are no stranger to the heat, wind and storms that are bound to blow through, and you want to be sure you have the right roofing materials to protect one of your biggest investments – your home!

Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt Shingles are by far and away the most common material for roofing in Texas and beyond, mainly because they are the most economic and easiest to install. These shingles can also be reinforced using a roofing sealing or cement. Since asphalt shingles vary in price, they also vary in quality. This is a good thing in the sense that you can choose to use the higher end quality or lower end quality of shingles, but keep in mind that if you choose a lower quality of shingle, the lifespan may not be as long which can eventually lead to the roof needing to be replaced sooner than you would prefer. 

When considering asphalt shingles, it is important to consider quality over quantity to guarantee that you are getting a roof that will stand the test of time. Other factors that will affect the lifespan of your asphalt shingles are the excessive heat and extreme weather conditions like rain and hail or high winds. Insulation is not used with asphalt shingles, which can take a toll on the temperature of your home.

Three Most Popular Roofing Materials for Texas Homes

Clay and Concrete Tiles

If you are looking for a roof with some cultural flair and is also fire resistant, clay or concrete tiles could be the way to go. They are much more likely to keep your home cool, even when up against the hottest Texas heat. Thanks to their design, these tiles are fantastic insulators and air is able to circulate freely beneath them, allowing heat to escape and cooler air to remain. 

The benefit of a cooler home comes at a price, though, mainly because clay and concrete are quite a bit more expensive than their counterparts. Don’t be surprised if you are quoted as much as three to six times the price of asphalt shingles for the same size of roof. The main cause for the rise in price is attributed to the labor required to have the tiles professionally installed to guarantee precision that will hold up over time. 

An attractive quality to a clay or concrete roof is that you will likely not have to replace it in your lifetime! These roofs are estimated to last around 50 years and, if maintained regularly, even beyond. 

Metal Roofing

While metal roofs suit the look of modern or cabin style homes, they are not as dependable long term as their counterparts, asphalt and clay. Environmental changes and weather can take a higher toll on metal roofs, particularly if damaged by hail or warped by heat. However, they do offer a non-porous surface that will not collect mold, debris, and can withstand high winds. 

While you do run the risk of cosmetic damage that if unmaintained can leave your roof in poor shape, metal roofs offer some excellent features. These roofs have a high solar reflectance, which helps to reduce the amount of heat absorbed by the roof, resulting in a more energy efficient home. Perhaps most importantly, a metal roof has the ability to withstand fire, referred to as a Class A fire rating which is a huge perk when considering your roofing options. 

The Right Roof for You

No matter the material you decide is the right fit for your home’s needs, rest assured that at Fort Worth Roofing, we have your home’s best interest at heart. Years of experience and expertise in perfecting roofs of all shapes, sizes and materials is the backbone of what we do. Give us a call today for a free inspection!