How to Choose the Right Roof for Your Home
Whether you’re planning a new build or replacing the roof on your current home, choosing the right roof for your house can seem like a daunting task. What material will be best? What’s the most energy efficient choice? What will look best? We’re here to demystify the process – read on for our tips on choosing the right roof for your home.
Durability and Materials
Take into consideration the climate and weather that your roof will have to withstand. Roofs in Arizona experience a broad spectrum of elements – from blazing temperatures to monsoon showers and everything in between. Your roof is your front line of defense against the weather – so what does that mean when choosing the right material for your roof?
Tile roofs are a popular choice in Arizona. Not only are they durable, they’re also cost-efficient – many tile roofs can last up to 30 years with the correct installation and maintenance. Concrete or clay tile roofs are also fireproof, won’t rot, withstand high winds and heat well, and add a classic, durable Southwestern style to your home.
Shingle roofs are another popular roofing choice in the Valley, due to their versatility in colors and shape, their relative low cost and their long warranties provided by the manufacturer. They also allow for a wide variety of aesthetic choices, both in color, shapes and size. However, shingle roofs also have the tendency to absorb more heat from the sun, which could lead to higher home temperatures (and higher electric bills) if not properly vented.
Foam roofing systems are growing in popularity among homeowners with flat roofs. The seamless layer of polyurethane foam coats the entire roof, protecting the home from the elements – and especially from the heat. Foam roofs are fantastic insulators for homes in the desert sun with an insulation value of R-6.5 per inch of thickness – translating into money savings in heating and cooling costs.
It’s important to look beyond the base cost of replacing a roof when you’re choosing a new roofing system. It may be tempting to cut corners with the cost of materials and labor – but in the long run, those cut corners can cost you in energy efficiency and frequent repairs. Take these into consideration when looking at energy efficient options:
Roof color impacts how much heat is absorbed into the home, resulting in higher cooling costs. Darker roof colors absorb more heat, while lighter roof colors reflect the sunlight.
Proper installation ensures that care will be taken during your roof replacement, ensuring that the materials perform to their highest potential.
Ventilation and insulation are key for energy efficiency. Allowing hot air to escape and cool air to enter keeps homes cool and comfortable in the Arizona heat.
Consider the cost of maintenance when choosing your new roofing system. For example, while tile roofs might have a higher up-front cost, their durability means a longer lasting product that will continue to serve your home for years to come. Foam roofs require recoating every five to seven years, which pays dividends to the longevity of the roof down the road.
All roofs should be inspected annually by a licensed roofer who can help you make the right choices for your home.
Last but certainly not least, consider the aesthetics of a roof when you’re choosing one for your home. This is the fun part! The color, design of the shingle or tile and slope of the roof all add to the character of your home. Take time to review options with your roofer to make the best choice for your personal home in your neighborhood.
We’re Here to Help
With fourteen years of service in Arizona, RENCO Roofing is proud to serve residents and businesses in the Valley with quality construction and integrity. Ready to start your next roofing project? Whether your project is big or small, we cover it all. Get in touch with us today to request a consultation.