Go Green! If a major concern for you is energy conservation and environmentalism, you might be particularly interested in the following two options, which work directly with the outdoors to produce a cooler home for you.
Beat the Heat! If investing in a fully green or fully solar-powered roof isn’t for you, never fear. Any type of roofing material that reflects heat and keeps your home as cool as possible will reduce your power usage since you won’t need to be cranking the air conditioning so high! Here are some less-expensive cool-climate roofing materials for you to consider.
Concrete tiles are typically easier to install and can be dyed different colors, where paler colors are the common choice to increase energy efficiency (since dark colors absorb light while cooler colors reflect it). A more lightweight and inexpensive option are white ceramic concrete tiles, some of which even come in different combinations of cement and other materials. The white color is extremely efficient at reflecting light, however can cause some cosmetic issues when exposed to the elements so might require more upkeep than darker colors.
Slate comes in a natural arrange of beautiful cool tones and is highly sought-after in Spanish and Mediterranean homes. This is because slate contains natural properties that work to reflect sunlight. Slate tiles are also popular because they require little cosmetic maintenance and can be recycled and repurposed for future roofers to use.