Hawaii often has hot, dry weather with highs of 80 degrees Fahrenheit for most of the year. While the roof protects the rest of the house, choosing the wrong material will increase heat and discomfort. Here are some of the best materials for your Honolulu home.
Metal is Best for Durability
With a lifespan of between 40 and 70 years, quality metal roofing can last as long as the house. Metal sheets are also lightweight, making them quick to install.
Metal is a versatile and cost-effective material suitable for the hot, dry weather in Honolulu. The material retains very little heat compared to other roofing tiles. Even though they are more expensive than asphalt shingles, they are more durable and cost-effective in the long run.
EPDM Rubber Roof
Another popular roofing option for hot weather is a rubber roofing membrane. Unlike other rubber materials, EPDM (Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer) is durable and robust. Commercial enterprises use it for its weather-resistant properties.
Typically, EPDM is designed as a weather-proof covering so you can roll it over a large area. The membrane is easier to install than metal or tile roofing. Thanks to EPDM’s malleability, you can create a seamless cover that acts as a waterproof barrier.
Terracotta Tiles for Low-Slope Roofs
Terracotta tiles are amongst the most durable roofing materials, with a lifespan of over six decades. Terracotta roofing is manufactured by baking clay at high temperatures, which improves its performance under heat and stress.
Clay also comes in a wide variety of colors. You can choose a bright color to reflect heat and keep your home cool and cozy through the hot season. Terracotta tiles are popular in historical buildings with unique roof designs. Its versatile aesthetics makes them ideal for such applications.
Concrete Tile Roofing
Concrete is denser than terracotta tiles and can absorb more heat. It is also less expensive than terracotta roofing materials.
However, concrete is very heavy and will need a steady supporting structure to be feasible for your home. Its weight can also complicate transport and installation logistics. It is advisable to hire a professional to evaluate the roofing structure to determine the best solution for the house.
Photovoltaic Roof Shingles
Instead of covering the roof with tiles, you can install photovoltaic shingles. You can find solar cells with conventional shingle tile dimensions. So, replacing your current roof is relatively simple.
Solar can generate electricity to cut air conditioning and heating costs in your home. You can recoup the installation expenses through rebates from local and federal programs.
If you are replacing your roof, you will have a few things to consider. Each different material type has its pros and cons! At Surface Shield Roofing Company, we can provide you with all the guidance you need. We provide homeowners in Honolulu with high-quality, durable roofing materials that last. Call our office today for more information, or to get started!