3 Reasons Why a Metal Roof Is Best for Hot Climate Homeowners

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When it comes to choosing a roof for your home, there are a lot of factors to take into account. One important thing to consider is what kind of roof is best for the climate that you live in. Different roofing materials have different benefits, and some are better suited to certain weather conditions than others. For homeowners who live in hot, dry climates, metal roofing is often the best choice. Take a look at some of the advantages of metal roofing that makes it such a good choice for homes located in hot climates.

Fire Safety

Fire safety is important no matter where you live, but if you live in an area where the conditions are often right for a fire, it's worth giving the matter some extra thought. Metal roofs are uniquely fire resistant. Other roofing materials can dry out over time, losing their fire resistance. This drying effect will happen faster in an area where the weather is often hot and dry. Metal, on the other hand, is inherently fire resistant and isn't subject to drying out like shingles or clay tiles might be.

What's more, if a fire starts in another part of the house, you're less likely to experience a roof cave-in if you have a metal roof. That's because metal is much lighter than many other common roofing materials, so a weakened structure will be able to support it longer. The weight of a typical metal roof is around .7 to 1.0 pounds per square foot. Compare that to asphalt shingles, which weigh about 2 to 3.5 pounds per square foot, or concrete or clay tiles, which can weigh as much as 5 to 10 pounds per square foot.

Durability

Metal's imperviousness to sun and extreme heat is a benefit that doesn't stop with fire safety. Metal roofs have a longer lifespan than most other roofing material because it isn't easily damaged by the elements.

Not only will a metal roof last, it will also remain attractive longer than other types of roofs. Shingles or tiles may crack, peel, and curl as they begin to dry out. They may still be sturdy with proper maintenance, but the resulting look is not attractive. However, a metal roof will largely retain its original appearance even after years of exposure to the hot sun.

Energy Efficiency

In a hot, dry climate, anything that can help you keep cool for less energy and less money can be helpful. If you're looking for ways to reduce your home's energy usage, a metal roof might be just the thing that you need. Light-colored or reflective metal roofs reflect the heat of the sun instead of absorbing it, resulting in less heat being trapped in your attic. That means cooler temperatures in your home overall, and your air conditioning system doesn't have to work as hard because it doesn't have to compete with so much heat at the top of the house.

No matter what kind of roof you have, it can be made more efficient with proper ventilation. However, it's easier to install new ventilation on metal roofs. Metal ridge vents can simply be strapped into place, while shingled vents have to be shingled over. If your metal roof needs new or improved venting, it will be easier and less expensive to have the vents installed than it would be with another type of roof, which means that it's easier and less expensive to get the maximum energy efficiency out of a metal roof.

In a hot climate, it's especially important to consider factors like fire safety, durability when exposed to the elements, and energy efficiency. Talk to a metal roofing contractor about the benefits of a metal roof and whether or not it's right for your home.

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