Climate Considerations When Replacing Your Roof

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When it comes to ensuring the structural stability of your home, having a functional roofing system is essential. Without quality roofing materials, your home's roof could allow water to seep in. Water damage can be costly to repair, so having the right roof is important. In order to ensure that you invest in the right roofing system for your home, you need to take your climate into consideration.

Here are three common climates found in the United States, and the roofing materials best suited to protect homes within them:

1. Tropical Climates

Homes in states that enjoy a tropical climate (like Florida, Louisiana, or other Southern states) have unique roofing needs. Algae growth is a common problem for homeowners living in tropical climates because humidity levels are so high in the outdoor air.

In order to prevent your roofing materials from deteriorating prematurely due to algae growth, you should consider adding a metal roof to your home if you live in a tropical climate. Metal roofing is resistant to algae growth, and it also provides a waterproof and rust-resistant covering for your home.

2. Desert Climates

Many states throughout the Western United States (like Arizona and Nevada) have climates that closely resemble those found in the desert. Homes located in areas where temperatures climb and the air is very dry have unique roofing needs.

If you are a homeowner living in a desert climate, heat absorption and reflection are critical components when it comes to selecting roofing materials. Clay tiles are popular options for desert roofs because clay has the ability to absorb the sun's heat before it enters your home, allowing you to maintain a more comfortable indoor temperature.

3. Mountain Climates

Living in the mountains provides you with the opportunity to experience breathtaking views on a daily basis, but it also means that your home must be equipped to withstand severe snowstorms on a regular basis. Homes located in mountain climates (like those found in Montana, Colorado, and parts of Idaho) can benefit from the installation of asphalt shingles.

These roofing materials can insulate your home against the cold temperatures associated with mountain winters, and they can also withstand the weight of the snow that will inevitably accumulate on the surface of your home's roof.

Knowing how the climate in which you live can affect your home's roofing needs will allow you to select the roofing materials best suited to meet your home's unique needs in the future.

Contact a home roofing service for more information and assistance. 

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