How to Pick the Right Roof for Your Texas Home

 

It is best to know the different roof types that are available and widely used in Texas but which one should you use for your own home? 

Mostly, homeowners choose their roof to fit their aesthetic but what is more important is a roof that fits your location. Knowing the location of your home, you should have installed the right roof that could withstand the different weather conditions and other environmental elements. This will save you additional costs from repair & renovation and give you peace of mind of being safe. 

These are different characteristics that you should consider in choosing your roof. 

1. Material & Appearance

There is a wide range of roof materials that you can find in Texas that will fit the style of your home but most especially serve its purpose. 

Asphalt/Composite Shingles 

These are made of either fiberglass or felt paper which will be then coated with asphalt and topped with mineral granules. These shingles come in different looks from three-tab shingles that sit and fit perfectly into your roof to architectural shingles that are thicker and will appear and add more dimension to each piece.

Tile/Clay Roof 

Clay Roofs are made from molded clay that is fired in a kiln. They are heavy and may break in certain conditions. Always make sure the roof framing is structurally sturdy to support the combined weight of the materials. Just like the shingles, it also comes in different colors as well as different textures that you could choose from. 

Metal Roof 

Metal Roofs are mostly made of galvanized steel which is coated with zinc and then rolled into corrugated steel. This type of roof could also be made of copper, aluminum, or tin that you could use depending on your desired options. The most common metal roof gauges range from 22, 24, 26, and 29.

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2. Eco-friendly 

It is important to take into consideration the most eco-friendly as it will affect our environment and it will equate to an energy-efficient material. You should consider how material reflects the heat that could reduce the energy that your home takes. 

Asphalt Shingles are the least eco-friendly as they are made of petroleum-based products which cannot be recycled. These are also susceptible to damage, especially with the weather changes. 

Clay Roof is a great roof to be considered as the thickness will lessen the heat absorption and it could also work well in various weather conditions.

Metal roofs have the advantage of being reflective with the sun rays but because of their thinness, the heat can quickly be absorbed.

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3. Durability 

Choosing a durable type of roof will be your best choice as it will consider the longevity of the materials which means it will cost less for the repair and maintenance. 

Asphalt Shingles are said to last for more or less 25 years considering that it is well installed and vented well. But with the continuous improvement of the materials, some shingles are of better quality and do last longer.

Clay Roof, as it is being used way back many years, could last an average of 50 years but could go up to 100 years depending on the clay, especially if it is made of slate. 

Metal Roof is the second most durable that could last up between 40-70 years with the proper installation and maintenance. 

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4. Cost 

Your roof should fit your budget and should not add any unnecessary cost that will turn into a burden. In knowing the material cost you should also consider the labor it requires. 

Asphalt Shingles are inexpensive but could range to moderate depending on the material

 It is made of. On average, it could cost you from $8,000 - to $9,000 for the installation. 

Clay Roof depends on the complexity and size of the installation. It could range averagely from $29,000 to $51,000. 

Metal roofs typically cost in between a roof covered with asphalt shingles and clay. On average, the cost is between $5,300 to $14,700.

 

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