Living here in Raleigh North Carolina is great. The weather is incredibly temperate and warm almost all year round. While it isn’t sweltering hot right now–in the summer every day is a scorcher. What this means as a homeowner here in the Raleigh, NC area is that you need a roof that can stand up to the hot, hot heat. As it turns out, there are plenty of roofing materials that fit that bill. Read below to find out the top 3 roofing materials for warm climates.

Top 3 Roofing Materials For Homes In Hot Areas

  1. Terra-Cotta Tiles and Ceramic Roofs: These types of roofs are popular in the southwest style homes for a reason–they work excellently in hot sunny climates. Made in a kiln where it is baked at high temperatures to make it weather–resistant, it is also very beautiful. Clay tiles are also very durable–lasting up to 50 years. When it comes to being suitable to hot weather climates, it is the curved shape of the tiles makes all the difference. This feature allows air to circulate below the surface, keeping roofs and interiors cooler. More expensive than many types of roofing–another drawback can be the weight of the tiles as well–which makes it difficult and expensive to install. But, this is countered by the longevity of ceramic roofing and the money you will save through energy-efficiency.   
  2. Concrete Tiles and Slab Roofs: Concrete has many of the same great benefits as terracotta roofing but is less expensive. Since concrete roofing takes so long to heat up under the sun due to its thickness,–it is a great option for those who are looking for thermal resistance properties. Cheaper than terracotta this is a great budget option for Raleigh homes looking to escape the heat. However, you won’t get the same high-end look as you will with ceramic roofing. This is fast changing. In fact, you can now see some very attractive patterns being printed on concrete tile roofing and hints of colors. 
  3. EPDM Roofing Membranes: This type of roofing is often called rubber roofing–although they aren’t really rubber. Rather EPDM is a synthetic rubber-like substance–the letters standing for ethylene propylene diene monomer. EPDM’s composition means it holds up in many environments including high heat and UV radiation and does so without cracking and breakdown. For extra protection, a layer of titanium dioxide will add to heat protection and also is what gives the EPDM its lighter color. This has the added benefit of reflecting light and heat from the roof surface. 

For more information on roofing for your Raleigh home that will stand up to the heat here in North Carolina–contact us at United Roofing Pros.