El Paso Roofing Installation Buying Guide
The varied, and often severe climate of El Paso requires a durable roofing system that can protect your home from the elements. While asphalt shingles are the most common and affordable type of roofing system found throughout the state, you may want to consider investing a bit more in a roofing system that can protect your home from the elements, increase your home’s overall energy efficiency, reduce your environmental footprint, and improve the aesthetic appeal of your home.
For instance, because of El Paso’s intensely hot summers, you’ll want to select a roofing system that provides excellent thermal insulation. Heating and cooling your home accounts for the largest percentage of your utility bills–54%. Clay tile roofs, popular in Texas, Florida, and California, are created by extreme heat in a kiln, making them impervious to the sun’s intense rays. Additionally, while relatively new for residential properties, foam roofing provides unsurpassed thermal insulation because it is seamless, leaving no joints for air conditioning to escape from your home.
Another great option to explore is metal roofing. Metal roofing is resistant to cracking, shrinking and eroding, and can also withstand extreme weather conditions including heavy snow, hail, and wildfires. Metal roofing stands up so well against extreme weather, that installing a metal roofing system may even result in lower premiums for your homeowner’s insurance. Metal roofing can also be installed directly over your existing roof, saving you the labor cost of a tear off and diverting tons of roofing waste from your local landfills.
There are a lot of great options for roofing in El Paso including clay or concrete tiles, slate, metal, or foam roofing, just to name a few. To guide your search you’ll want to make sure you have thought about the following questions:
- What is your budget?
- How long do you plan to be in your home? How much maintenance are you willing to put in to preserve the lifespan of your roof?
- Which styles of roofing will best complement your home?
- Which type of roofing can save you the most money on your monthly energy bills?
- Which type of roofing is strong enough to stand up to El Paso’s severe weather?
- Is the environmental impact of your roof an important factor when selecting a roof?
El Paso Climate and Your Roof
With an average 302 sunny days a year, El Paso is often called “The Sun City.” El Paso has a desert climate with hot, dry summers and mild winters. Rainfall averages 9.7 inches per year, much of which occurs during the summer from July through September. El Paso experiences strong thunderstorms during the summer, strong enough to cause flash flooding and hail across the region. In the spring, El Paso experiences frequent sand and dust storms, with an average wind speed that exceeds 30 mph and wind gusts that have been measured at over 75 mph. Additionally, in the winter, due to its elevation (3,800 feet), parts of El Paso experience snow–sometimes over one foot. The average annual snowfall for the city varies widely between different neighborhoods due to varying elevations, but it’s 6.1 inches at the airport. The potential for severe weather year-round means that you simply can not afford to cut costs when it comes to quality roofing.
Consider Adding Solar Panels to Your El Paso Home’s Roof
If you have a home in Sun City, you should consider adding solar panels to your roof. There are generous incentives for adding a solar system to your home offered at the utility, county, state, and federal levels. The eligibility and rules for each incentive program can vary greatly, but your solar-installer should be able to help you navigate all of the available incentives to get your system installed at the best price.
Adding solar panels to your roof can help you save significant money on your monthly utility bills, and can also increase your home’s value, while helping it to sell 20% faster than homes without solar installations. You may be concerned about an increase in property taxes as a result of your new solar technology system. Thankfully, the state of Texas has a property tax exemption (Texas Tax Code 11.27) that allows owners of residential properties to take a tax exemption (using form 50-123) for the amount of the appraised value of the property which increases as a result of the solar energy system.
El Paso Roofing Permit Guidelines
In an effort to fully implement electronic permitting and licensing, El Paso residents may now request call-in trade permits and most types of license renewals online through the city’s Citizen Access Portal.