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The Most Efficient Roofing Materials

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Homeowners all over the US are always trying to make your home more energy efficient. Increasing the efficiency of your home is not only a great way to make your home greener and more eco-friendly, it is also going to ultimately save you money if you choose the right remodel. One of the best remodels for increased home efficiency is a new roof. This article compares two of the best roofing materials: slate and clay. You will learn how these two materials compare to each other, especially when it comes to energy efficiency.

Slate Roofing

Slate had long been one of the most popular roofing products for both residential and commercial properties. Homeowners loves slate for its natural style and unmatched durability. A slate roof is going to easily last 100 years with little to no maintenance. It is definitely one of the most durable natural products on the market.

Slate has decent, but not amazing, energy efficiency. That is, it is relatively energy efficient when it comes to cold climates. It is a decent insulator, but it is well liked in snowy climate because the smooth surface makes it possible for the snow to slide off of the roof. It is also a waterproof material that doesn't need any special treatment. Most slate products are dark in color, which means that they aren't going to be the best choice in hot, sunny climates. They absorb and transfer too much of the sun ray's heat to be energy efficient.

Clay Tiles

Clay tiles are also very popular for their style and vintage look. Often called Spanish tiles, clay tiles are used in all types of residential construction all over the world. The great thing about clay is that it is a good insulator, especially in hot climates. It doesn't absorb and transfer heat as quickly as slate, making it a better choice for sunny climates. Also, most clay tiles have a rounded or arched shape. This creates a gap between the under layer of the roof and the top of the clay. The buffer zone that slows down heat transfer.

Neither slate nor clay are the most energy efficient choices on the market, but they are both good picks. If you have an old roof, either of these materials will probably increase the energy efficiency of your home. Your roof can also be reinforced with extra insulation in the under layer, so you can avoid storm damage. Contact a professional like Todd Harkleroad Roofing Inc.  for more information.