Choosing a roofing material should not solely be a matter of cost. Many homeowners choose asphalt shingles simply because they are the least expensive roofing material on the market. Unfortunately, asphalt shingles are not the best roofing material for all climates. For example, if you are in the desert, the sun can bake the volatiles out of your shingles, making them brittle and prone to cracking. This can create leaks in your roof, which might not seem like a big deal when it hardly ever rains, but one big rainstorm is all it takes to do some serious water damage to your home. For desert climates, clay tiles are the right choice. 

Further Weaknesses of Asphalt Shingles

As asphalt shingles heat up, they will allow heat to transfer through your roof deck and into your home. The more your home heats up, the harder your AC unit has to work. While you may pay less initially to install your roof, you will pay more than you should to cool your home from month to month. If you are going to live in the desert, you need residential roofing that will help you to keep your cooling costs down.

How Clay Roofing Tiles Keep Your Home Cool

The key to clay roofing tiles is their shape. There are a few different shapes of roofing tiles; the ones you should choose to keep your home cool, are S-shaped tiles. The ridges in the tiles will create a channel under the tile that allows heat to rise up away from your roof. As tiles heat up, any warmth that leaks through your tiles will rise up these channels and escape through ridge vents. 

Weaknesses of Clay Tiles

While clay tiles can help to keep your home cool, they tend to be fragile. Thus, if you live in an area that is prone to hailstorms, you might want to think twice before you install a clay roof. 

Choosing a roofing material for your home should be a deliberate choice. You don't want to let your budget make your choice for you. Instead, you need to think about the conditions inherent to the region where you live. Not only do clay tiles help to keep your home cool through the desert summer, but they drastically improve the look of your home, which can help you when it comes time to sell your home. Clay roofing tiles are worth the extra cost.