Is the Roofing Material Affecting the Home’s Interior?

Everything about the roof is important – the material, the way it’s installed, how often it’s maintained, and its quality. And all things about the roof affect the home – its protection, insulation, energy efficiency, and overall condition.

Although not all roofs are the same and not all homes are the same either, homeowners across the globe all want the same thing. That’s a roof they can trust; a roof that will not affect their home in a negative way. The material of the roof plays a massive role in all that. The quality of the roof and the skills of the roofers also play a significant role in keeping the interior intact. No doubt. But if we wanted to focus on the roofing material, we need to recognize the main enemies: winds, water, and energy loss.

The roof that makes homes energy efficient

Is the Roofing Material Affecting the Home's Interior?The roofing material plays a substantial role in the home’s energy efficiency. It all comes down to how much heat the roof absorbs. To be specific, metal roofs are the best choice for heat release and thus, cool homes. People often misinterpret the metal’s capacity to easily heat up with the material’s capacity to reflect heat. Actually, asphalt shingles absorb heat and so, make you use the AC more in summer. Metal roofing reflects heat and so the interior remains cool in summer. In winter, metal retains heat and so the home is not affected by the cold weather.

The latest technology has also introduced the cool roofs. These are roof coverings for higher indoor comfort. The cost of cool roofs doesn’t exceed the cost of other standard roofs but it will be expensive to cover the existing roof.

The roof most prone to wind damage

One more thing about the roof’s material that could affect the home’s interior is its susceptibility to the winds. Once again, metal roofs are the best choice for regions prone to high winds and hurricanes. Roof shingles are often easily blown away since they are lightweight and only adhere to the deck. All traditional materials for residences – wood, tile, and asphalt are prone to wind damage. Actually, such materials are often damaged by the heat in summer – asphalt shingles curl, wood shakes split, tiles may get loosened up. And so, when it gets windy, they are easily blown away.

It goes without saying that when there’s roof damage or missing shingles, the home is at stake too. From one point onwards, the interior is exposed to moisture, may experience leaks, may see structural damage.

The roof to avoid in order to avoid leakage

Is the Roofing Material Affecting the Home's Interior?Roof leakage may occur when shingles are missing. It’s highly likely to experience indoor leakage if the roof is flat. That’s why flat roofs are not entirely flat but have a tiny pitch. It’s clear that roof leakage prevention lies more on the roof’s pitch rather than the material. Though roofs with shingles have a high possibility of damage and thus, interior leaks when the shingles become damaged or blow away.

Three things to keep in mind:

1.       Nowadays that technology has made quite a few leaps, most materials are improved and in fact, can be covered with coatings for higher resistance to the weather and even impact.

2.       It’s important to keep in mind that the resistance of the roofing material is also subject to the location and the local weather conditions. That’s why it’s vital to consider the climate of the location before you choose a roofing material. If your region experiences a lot of hail storms, snow, or rainfall, you need a material that will resist impact and moisture – like metal roofs. If you want a roof for a beach home, clay tiles, slate tiles, metal roofs, and shakes will do. In short, the material is always subject to where you live, the climate, the roof’s pitch, and your energy efficiency expectations indoors.

3.       Not all interior problems should be traced back to the roof. Although the roof’s condition and material – and everything about it, highly affects the interior, the seals, the windows, the doors, the glass panes, and whether or not the attic is insulated and ventilated will also affect the interior’s energy efficiency – just to give you a single example. So, keep these things in mind.