Date Posted: Aug. 21, 2015
There is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all roof; after all, homeowners in different climates and regions have a wide range of roofing needs. In the case of pitched roof homeowners in Albuquerque, which is known for its hot and dry desert climate, a roof that provides ample protection from the sun and the elements is a must-have. Other than common, asphalt shingles, here are some of the most popular roofing materials in this part of New Mexico.
Clay and Terra Cotta
Many homeowners in places like Arizona, Nevada, and New Mexico opt for clay tiles, which are more expensive than metal or shingle roofs. Clay tiles are perfect for blocking heat, are water and snow resistant and are generally wind-resistant. Basic clay tiles often come in light colors that do not retain as much heat as darker ones.
Terra cotta roofs, meanwhile, are molded in half-barrel or S shapes and form interlocking arches. The spaces beneath each tile’s arch allows for optimal air and water circulation and runoff, thereby preventing heat capture and keeping the home below a lot cooler.
Cool-Colored Concrete Tiles
A less expensive choice worth considering is cool-colored concrete tile roofing. Among other properties, the weight of concrete roofing helps it absorb less heat and makes it an ideal roofing material in warm climates.
Light-Colored Flat Tile or Metal Roofing
Light-colored flat tiles, often made of concrete, ceramic, or a range of other materials, are known, not only for their ability to reflect light but also their durability. Lighter colors of metal roofing, on the other hand, reflect the sun’s heat away and yet are able to cool faster at night, which means they hold less heat for shorter periods.
Aside from choosing the best roofing materials, proper installation is a must. Homeowners in Albuquerque can trust professionals like Chavez Roofing Corporation for their roof installation needs.
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