When choosing a roofing material, there are a lot of different reasons people might choose one over another.
Some homeowners might choose a roof for aesthetics, some for durability, some because it was recommended to them, and some even just because it was the existing material previously installed.
While none of these are wrong choices, what some people might not realize is your roofing material can be partially tied to where you live. The climate, temperature, weather, storms, etc. in your area can definitely play a part in your roofing material choice.
So, what about the Dallas-Fort Worth area?
We don’t get much snow or ice (not like the West Texas area) or constant heavy torrential downpours (not like, say Houston). We do get some tornadoes, although not as often or many as parts of Oklahoma, Missouri, Alabama, etc. Last, but not least, we definitely get high winds and hail.
Quite honestly, we’re kind of in this weird weather mixture in the DFW area. So, what does that mean for the material you should use for your roof?
There really isn’t one “best” roofing material for you to pick. With that said, here are the most popular roofing materials–and the reasons behind each of them–in the DFW area.
Asphalt Shingles are one of the most common roofing materials used in DFW, and the United States as a whole. This is because asphalt is highly affordable, economical (it can help save energy costs), and easy to install. Asphalt material also comes in a variety of sizes, colors, and even styles, making it fit into a lot of different housing styles and for compliance with certain Homeowners Associations. Some asphalt shingles are also available in Impact Resistant Material.
They are pretty durable and can withstand some serious weather patterns. However, one downside is that high winds and hail that DFW gets occasionally can cause damage as the material is a “weaker” material. All this means is after a storm blows through, it’s important to check your roof for storm damage.
Concrete or Clay Tile Roofing
Tile roofing is often seen on Mediterranean or Spanish-style homes in the DFW area. Concrete or clay tile roofing, while expensive, is incredibly durable and sturdy. Tile roofs can, for the most part, withstand high wind speeds, significant temperature fluctuations, and hail — all things that pretty much sum up DFW weather! Like any other roof, after big storms, you’ll want to quickly inspect your roof for broken, cracked or displaced tiles.
As mentioned, tile is more expensive as well as harder to install; however, for a roof that could last you upward of 40-50 years may be worth the extra cost.
Metal roofing is starting to become a more popular material for homes. A common myth is that metal roofs are solely for commercial buildings. Metal used to be reserved more for commercial or industrial spaces. However, metal roofing is gaining traction as a popular roofing material choice for homeowners.
Metal roofs are sturdy and durable and good for the wind and hail that affects DFW. These roofs are energy efficient because the material deflects heat from the sun. They are also environmentally friendly as the material can be recycled.
There are a lot of choices when it comes to roofing materials. Even more when it comes to roofing professionals.
At Elite Roofing, we pride ourselves on restoring high-end homes and being the leader in insurance restoration work. We aim to be different because we believe the roofing industry overall is corrupt. Our brand is tied to our reputation. We exist to give you a solution with integrity and deliver exceptional services with genuine care. A home is one of the biggest investments you can make – we’re here to protect the home and the homeowner.
For the Elite Experience, call or text (214) 444-5265 and we’ll get the process started!