The varied geography of the Grand Canyon State comes with varied climate as well – lower elevations get dry desert climate, with very hot, dry summers, mild winters and a monsoon season in July or August, while higher areas are cooler, with mild summers and cold winters, with very arid periods in summer and extremely cold temperatures in winter. The roofing products for Arizona are available in a variety matching the varied climate – here are some that work best for low areas and some that are more suitable for constructions at higher altitudes.
Roofing Products for Desert Areas
As rainfall is not an issue in the lower-lying part of the state, the roof types that best suit the area are flat roofs and domed roofs and the most commonly used materials are clay tiles and concrete tiles. Here are some features of the roofing materials that work best in arid areas:
– high thermal capacity – materials that absorb heat during the hot days and release it at night to keep the interior of the building comfortably warm when the temperature outside drops,
– smooth surfaces to prevent the accumulation of dust and sand,
– resistance to abrasion and embrittlement to prevent damage caused by the sand carried by the wind.
Roofing Products for Higher Altitudes
The higher altitude areas of Arizona require a different approach when it comes to the selection of roofing materials. The materials most suited for this part of the state are able to form a more efficient heat barrier to keep the heat inside when the winter gets cruel outside, that’s why asphalt shingles coated with resistance-enhancing mineral substances and clay tiles make great choices. It is also important to choose materials suitable for creating a sloped roof to prevent the accumulation of snow on the roof – fortunately, both asphalt shingles and clay tiles work great for any slope angle.