The sunny state of Texas enables you to have many choices of roofing material. Throughout the state there are different variations of the same theme, heat. From the arid conditions of the west and southwest to the high humidity and thunderstorms of North Texas. Tile, concrete and metal roofs offer superior wind and heat resistance.
So when it comes to remodeling or replacing your roof you have the option of the much cheaper Asphalt Shingles to the more longer lasting and architecturally pleasing Spanish clay tiles and slate. Your home has not only to withstand heat, but also frequent hailstones, with the possibility of hurricanes and tornadoes. Remember Harvey anyone? Slate tiles are also completely fire proof as they are derived from natural stone. Your roof will not catch fire from wildfire sparks or when your neighbors house goes up in flames. If you are concerned about wildfires, slate is ideal.
Cooling is also of vital importance if you want your home to be a comfortable place to live in during the searing dry heat in Texas. Your home can be a lot cooler if you choose your roof choice wisely. For this purpose, you can opt for extremely long lasting metal roofs because of their low heat absorption properties. If you paint yours in the correct light reflective color (subject to jurisdictional architectural laws), most of the heat will be deflected.
S shaped clay tiles are naturally ventilated and if installed correctly, are waterproof. They are also a good choice as they don't heat up too high and that's why they became prevalent in Mexico. The Spanish colonial look is also artistically appealing.
Your roof must be strong enough to cope with this heavier tile, as is the same with slate roofing. It is not ideal to use plywood under slate as it can wear out a lot faster than the slate on your roof. Slate can last up to 200 years if installed correctly. A roof designed for Asphalt shingles will not always be strong enough to cope with slate or clay tiles. Ideally these roofs should be fastened underneath with rough sawn lumbar.
Slate and clay tiles cost more than Asphalt, which is why it remains the most popular choice of roofing material in the United States. Slate costs approx 5 times more expensive, but if installed correctly by a roofer that understands slate, it will last 5 times longer. It will outlast you even, so your roof can be passed down several generations. What an heirloom to leave.