Stay Cool And Stay Fashionable - Roofing Options For Warm Climates

Home ownership can be a constant struggle to keep your energy costs down, and one of the biggest sources of energy loss is through your roof. Whether your treated air is escaping out or excessive sunlight is pouring in, having a rough that isn't suitable for your climate is a great way to find yourself struggling with high electric bills caused by an efficient heating and air system.

Below, you'll find a guide to some roofing materials designed for warmer climates. Replacing your existing roof with these materials can go a long way in cutting those costs long term, and can provide you with a home that's cool in both appearance as well as temperature.


Used for centuries throughout a large part of Europe, slate tile is a strong, solidly formed roofing material whose interlocking pieces form a solid barrier that holds treated air in your home. It also wears down to a naturally smooth and shiny texture over time, making your roof look stately and well established.

Slate is available in a wide variety of naturally occurring tones, allowing you to select the lighter shades in order to deflect sunlight. This will go a long way in preventing your home from absorbing more heat than it should, and can make your air conditioning run far more efficiently.

Terra Cotta

Common throughout the American southwest, terra cotta roofing comprises natural tiles that use their mineral composition to form a protective cooling layer. They're often laid out in an interlocking pattern that also allows for proper ventilation while still forming a protective barrier.

Terra cotta tile roofs also offer a distinct look that allows you to make a definitive fashion statement. Often created in shades of deep red, terra cotta will, as slate does, deflect away the most intense energy of the sun and will also hold up for many years under direct exposure to intense sunlight.

Green Roofing

One of the newest innovations in roofing materials is so-called green roofing. Many layers of plastic membranes are applied over the surface of your roof and are then seeded with trees and plants that are designed to provide shade and cool air around your roof. This can also be an excellent option for urban areas where you may not have much access to greenery and wildlife and could use the opportunity to enjoy more. Green roofing technologies also offer a tax incentive in many jurisdictions, providing yet another reason to consider them as a roofing improvement.