The spring and summer storm seasons can be tough on roofs in Texas. From flash flooding, to hail and heavy wind storms, this time of the year can come with unwelcome weather conditions.
While your roof may protect your family from storm damage now, the day will come when you must look for a roof replacement.
Let’s explore some of the most efficient options for roof replacement, then take a deeper dive into what we consider the best roofing material for roof replacement against unpredictable Texas weather.
Why Listen to Me?
I’ve spent my life in the roofing industry. Both my father and uncle were roofers. I now own Shepherd Roofing to provide residential and commercial roof repair and replacement throughout DFW. I am an active member of the North Texas Roofing Contractors Association(NTRCA), Roofing Contractors Association of Texas(RCAT) and the National Roofing Contractors Association(NRCS)
Roofing Materials That Hold Up Against Texas Storms
When considering a new roof, roofing materials are your most important choice in the process. You want something that is durable, looks great, and will hold its value over the years. Here’s a quick look at some of the runner-ups before we delve into our top choice for a storm-resistant roof.
Asphalt shingles are a popular and affordable choice for residential roofing. They come in impact-resistant shingles that are designed to withstand hail and strong winds. Our roofers can help you choose shingles with a high wind rating to ensure they can withstand Texas storms.
Slate roofing is definitely a more expensive option, but it can last a home up to 200 years! It is highly resistant to wind, hail, and fire while providing your home with an elegant and timeless look.
They are lightweight, affordable, and can mimic the appearance of natural slate and clay materials while providing added protection.
The Winner Is…Metal Roofing!
Metal roofing is the best choice to weather storms in Dallas, TX. It’s a strong material that has several advantages and disadvantages that come with the investment.
We love to be honest with our customers and believe in remaining transparent regarding roofing material decisions. Here are some of the pro’s and con’s of getting a metal roof.
Pro’s of Metal Roof
Durability is key for any roof, and metal materials take the cake against the competition. They can withstand high winds, heavy rain, hail, and even snow. They are also resistant to fire, rot, and insect damage.
Metal roofs can last 50 years or more when properly installed and maintained.
✓ Energy Efficiency
Metal roofs are reflective and can help reduce energy costs by reflecting solar heat instead of absorbing it. This can lead to lower cooling expenses during hot Texas summers, saving homeowners up to 40% of their annual energy costs.
Weighing in at around 1.6 pounds per square foot, metal roofing is a relatively lightweight material. This means that when it rests on your home, it reduces the stress on the general structure.
This can be particularly beneficial if you have an older home with a weaker roof structure.
✓ Low Maintenance
Metal roofs require minimal maintenance. They are resistant to moss, mold, and mildew growth. Regular roof inspections and occasional cleaning are typically sufficient to keep them in good condition.
Cons of Metal Roofing
Metal roofs are more expensive upfront compared to other roofing materials. The average metal roof installation can cost a homeowner around $11,000. However, its long lifespan and durability can offset the initial investment over time.
While metal roofs are generally resistant to hail damage, large hailstones or falling branches can cause dents in the metal. Opting for thicker gauges and impact-resistant coatings can help mitigate this issue.
Expansion and Contraction
Metal roofs can expand and contract with temperature changes, leading to potential noise or loosening of fasteners. Proper installation techniques, including allowing for thermal movement, can prevent this.
Weather Texas Storms with Metal Roof from Shepherd Roofing
When it’s time to replace your roof, you want to ensure you make all of the right choices. From picking the perfect roofing material to working with a top-notch roofing team, the choices you make matter.
At Shepherd Roofing & Renovations, we will gladly guide you through the roof replacement process from beginning to end. We are a family-owned business with decades of experience passed down through our veins.
Ready for the roof of your dreams? Contact us today to schedule your consultation.