Roofs in Arizona have a unique need: to be able to withstand the searing heat and monsoon season storms. Thus, they must be durable and at least somewhat heatproof. In this blog, we’ll walk you through the types of roofs in Arizona, and the pros and cons of each one.
Types of Roofs in Arizona
- Shingle Roofing: Shingle roofing is one of the most common types of roofing in Arizona, and in the U.S. overall – just drive by almost any residential neighborhood and you’ll see it by the dozens. And it’s for a good reason. There are two common kinds of shingle roofing; asphalt and organic. Both are inexpensive, require minimal maintenance costs, and can tolerate almost any kind of weather common in Arizona. Shingle roofing isn’t the most durable kind, but it should last you a good 20-25 years before it needs replacing.
- Tile Roofing: Another incredibly common type of roof in Arizona is tile roofing. As with shingles, there are different kinds, all with their own benefits: concrete tiles, which are the cheapest of the bunch; clay tiles, which have a beautiful and classically-Southwestern look; and slate tiles, which are very durable and long-lasting, able to go up to 150 years in some cases without needing to be replaced. Tile roofs are more expensive than many other kinds, but they have numerous benefits: They’re fireproof, hold up great in extreme heat, are less susceptible to water damage, they’re long-lasting, and they provide your home with a gorgeous aesthetic.
- Foam Roofing: Polyurethane foam is a kind of foam that is sprayed on an existing surface to create a seamless and solid roof that’s well-insulated and will keep your home leak-proof and the right temperature. Foam roofing is best for flat roofs, another common and classic look in Arizona, as well as uniquely shaped buildings and homes. If proper maintenance is performed, which includes a new coating every 7 – 10 years to fight UV damage, a foam roof may last a lifetime.
- Metal Roofing: Metal roofing isn’t the most common in Arizona, but it’s been gaining popularity over the last few years for its many benefits. Metal roofing can withstand nearly every kind of weather, including rough dust storms that may damage other types of roofing, and it can be made of recycled materials, making it eco-friendly. Not only that, but what’s known as “cool metal roofing” can reduce your energy costs over time – and metal roofs can blend in just as nicely as other materials on residential homes. It’s a more costly investment, but still a great choice for Arizona houses.
As you can see, there are a multitude of good choices for roofing here in the hot, dry climate of Arizona. Which one is best for you can be a difficult decision to make. Thankfully, Roofstar Arizona is here to help every step of the way. Call us at (480)-426-1915 or email us through our website to learn more about different kinds of roofing materials or to get started on the roofing, re-roofing, or roof repair process.