Best Roofing Materials for the Summer Season from Your Denver Roofing Company

July 5, 2017

Let’s face it, the summer heat can be rough on our electric bill every month, but the fact of the matter is that you don’t have to rely solely on air condition to keep your house cool! Denver roofing professionals agree that there are three types of roofing that will keep your house cool all summer long. Plus, these roofing types can help make your entire home more energy efficient. Being cool and cutting down on your electric bill sounds like a win-win situation to us!

Clay and Terracotta Tiles

You’ll find terracotta roofs primarily in the American Southwest, and for good reason. Clay roofing is lighter in color, so that means it doesn’t retain as much heat compared to a darker roof. Today, clay tiles can be painted to replicate pricier slate for a cost-friendly option, or they can be painted for weather proofing or add reflective capabilities.

The shape of terracotta tiles adds to their ability to keep your home cool. Usually, the tiles are shaped into half-barrel or “S” shapes, interlocking across a roof. The space below the arches of the tiles allows for water runoff and air circulation, preventing heat and keeping your home nice and cool.


If you don’t mind spending a little extra on qualify roofing, then slate might be the best option for you. Slate is known to be extremely durable, fireproof, and especially beautiful coming in a variety of natural colors. Slate is also low maintenance.

For the same reason as terra cotta tiles, slate tiles are light colored and help with reducing heat absorbed by a home because slate holds naturally reflective properties.

The biggest downside to slate tiles is the price tag and it’s heavy weight. Because of the weight, slate is more costly to transport and your home will require a safe structure to be able to support the tiled roof.  


A bit more expensive, metal roofing is one of the top roofing materials that will help cool your home and is worth the investment. Metal roofing comes in a variety of styles and colors, so you can fit one that fits perfectly with your home’s style.

Metal is considered a cool roofing material due to it being reflective, but you can also find varieties with paints and coatings that making it more energy efficient - so you’re getting twice as much out of your roofing. Metal roofing lasts decades and is fire-resistant, making it safer than other roofing types. Learn more about how metal roofing can allow you to have a cool roof.

Still have a few questions about roofing in Denver? Let us help you! Contact The Roof Dr. today to install your new cool roof. With over 45 years of experience, our staff has a prestigious reputation for providing superior and excellent roofing services throughout the Denver area. We would love to help you replace your roof with one ready for the summer heat. Call us today at 720-606-ROOF.
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