Despite the many benefits of living in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, tumultuous spring weather and hot humid summers increase the local demand for energy-efficient, weather-resistant roofing materials. For example, some types of reflective roofs can reduce energy consumption by up to 40 percent. Many DFW residents choose roofs made of light-colored shingles or metal roofs that reduce heat absorption and retention in the summer and protect against hail and wind damage.
Arguably one of the most common types of roofing materials in the Metroplex, asphalt shingles vary in durability and longevity. Typically reinforced with paper or fiberglass, this type of shingle comes in a wide range of colors. While this material is not as durable as other types, especially in extreme weather conditions, it is more affordable. To reduce energy costs, roofing professionals recommend asphalt shingles in lighter colors to prevent heat buildup in a home’s attic.
Normally made from a variety of metals, including aluminum, copper, and steel, these roofs are popular throughout Dallas-Fort Worth. Along with durability and longevity (some metal roofs last up to 50 years), this type of roof is considered energy efficient because it deflects heat from the sun; these roofs are also environmentally friendly because they can be recycled. Metal roofs come in a variety of colors and finishes. For example, Mueller, Inc., a Texas-based company, offers metal roofs in 32 colors and 5 panel styles to accommodate any home’s exterior.
Stone-Coated Steel Roofs
Regarded as energy efficient and aesthetically pleasing, stone-coated steel roofs consist of metal panels fused with an acrylic gel coating to which stone chips have been applied. This type of roof can mimic the appearance of wood shake or tile roofs. The material is weather- and fire-resistant. In some cases, homeowners with this type of energy-efficient roof may be eligible for a tax credit of up to $500.
Concrete and Clay Tile
Often seen on Mediterranean and Spanish style homes in DFW suburbs, tile roofs are among the most durable available for residential properties. Made from clay or a concrete blend, tile shingles come in a variety of colors and styles. While this type of roof is durable and attractive, it is a heavy and expensive material; tile roofs can, however, generally withstand high wind speeds, significant temperature fluctuations, and hail.
DFW locals have many options when it comes to roofing materials, especially with regard to energy efficiency and durability. Developers and roofing professionals recommend that homeowners choose a material that enhances a home’s appearance while also taking Texas’s extreme heat and weather into consideration.