Even with developments in technology and new kinds of roofing systems hitting the market, year after year, asphalt shingle roofs remain the most popular type of roofing system on homes in the United States. Why? Because they offer an all-around value that’s hard to beat. As far as roofing systems go, asphalt shingles are pretty affordable—more so than steel, tile, or copper roofs—and they require next to no maintenance to retain their attractive appearance. While asphalt roofs are not the longest-lasting roofing system out there, they typically last about 20 to 25 years before any major repairs or replacement is needed. In the hot, arid New Mexico climate, however, this estimate may be a bit generous.
Are Asphalt Shingles a Better Choice Than Wood Shingles?
Asphalt shingles do outperform wood shingles in such environments, though, as the hot sun tends to leach out the natural oils from the wood, making it dry and brittle, and more susceptible to erosion, rot, and eventual leakage. Many asphalt shingles on the market nowadays—especially those made by top-name manufacturers like GAF—feature reflective elements in the makeup of the shingles which help to reflect the sun’s heat rather than absorbing it. Not only do features like this help the shingles retain their vibrant color and structural integrity, but by reflecting a good portion of the solar radiation, these “smart” or “cool” shingles, as they are often dubbed, can help your home stay cooler throughout all four seasons, which, let’s face it, in much of New Mexico, is like one never-ending summer.
Having reflective asphalt shingles—especially those in a lighter color—can make it easier for your HVAC system to maintain a consistent interior temperature, which will likely make your home more comfortable for you and your family, and will almost certainly reduce the strain put on your air conditioning system. This often translates to fewer costly repairs and lower monthly energy bills.
So, Which Roofing Systems Are the Best for Hot, Dry Climates?
Metal and tile roofing has been shown to stand up much better to the sweltering heat and prolonged sunlight exposure that is common in this region of the country. However, these roofing systems require a bigger financial investment than asphalt shingles, which puts them out of reach for some homeowners. Given the affordability of asphalt shingle roofs, it may actually cost less to have an asphalt roof installed and then replace it with a new one 20 years later than it would to have one terra cotta tile roof installed.
Where Can I Turn for a High-Quality Asphalt Shingle Roof?
Dreamstyle Roofing, one of the leading roofing companies in central New Mexico, installs high-performing reflective asphalt shingle roofing systems for residents of Albuquerque and all surrounding areas. We are a certified GAF Master Elite® roofing contractor, which means that we:
- Have been thoroughly trained by the manufacturer
- Hold all required licensing
- Are properly insured
- Have a longstanding record of customer satisfaction
- Are committed to the ongoing professional training of our roofing technicians
- Are among the top 2% of roofing contractors in the country
What’s more, as a certified GAF Master Elite® contractor, we have the skills and expertise to install your new asphalt shingle roofing system with the utmost precision so that it looks great and provides you with optimal performance for decades to come. This designation also allows us to offer GAF’s most comprehensive warranties to our customers.
Dreamstyle Roofing – Making Your Roofing Dreams Come True
For all your roofing needs, you can turn with confidence to the team at Dreamstyle Roofing—the contractor that New Mexico homeowners know and trust. Contact us today and we will set up a free consultation to discuss the roofing options we have available.