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The ABCs of Roofing in a Humid Continental Climate – Part 2: The Best Roofing Materials for a Humid Continental Climate

May 22, 2015

How well a roof performs is affected by different factors but most significant of which is the roofing material that it used. What is deemed the best option will also depend on what your needs are exactly but generally you’ll be in good hands if you choose roofing material that specifically caters to the challenges of the climate in the area you’re living in. Given the previous discussion on what a humid continental climate can do to a roof, you’ve learned that you have to look for roofing material that can withstand the stresses of different and severe weather conditions well.

Roofing in a Humid Continental Climate: Best Options to Consider

  • Asphalt Shingles. There’s a good reason why this roofing material is still so popular after being in the market for decades: it works. Different areas have to deal with different weather conditions but asphalt shingles can do good work protecting homes anywhere. The material is naturally durable but technological advancements have imbued asphalt shingles with other properties to improve its performance, like reflective surfaces that bounce away heat to keep heat absorbed by a roof to a minimum. This keeps indoor cooling demands down, letting you save on energy costs in the long run on top of the upfront savings you’ll earn for getting a budget-friendly roofing option like asphalt shingles.
  • Tiles. Tile roofs are great against extreme weather because they are highly durable. Tough and long-wearing, concrete tile, for instance, can withstand wind-driven rain, minimize moisture absorption, and resist rot and pests. Tile roofs are generally heavier than other roofing materials so they may require additional structural support but their heft means you can trust that they won’t be easily blown away by high winds.
  • Metal. Metal roofs have come a long way to become one of the most trusted roofing options today. Be it rain or heat, wind or snow, metal can weather through anything that a humid continental climate can bring. It’s not surprising for a metal roof to last at least 20 years but employ routine maintenance and you’ll be able to squeeze more out of its lifespan.

Decided on a roofing material? In the next part, we’ll be discussing best practices in roofing to help you make the most out of your chosen roof.