The best roofing materials and designs for a hot climate.

With Dubai’s scorching temperatures and blazing sun – especially in the summer months – selecting the right roofing materials and designs is crucial to maintaining a comfortable and energy-efficient home.

Let’s look at a few roofing solutions that not only withstand the heat but also contribute to a cooler and more sustainable living environment…

Reflective or cool roofing

One of the most effective roofing materials for hot climates is reflective or cool roofing. These roofs are designed to reflect more sunlight and absorb less heat than traditional dark coloured roofs. Cool roofing materials typically have higher solar reflectance and thermal emittance, reducing the amount of heat transferred into the building. Options include reflective metal roofs, white or light coloured tiles, and specialised reflective coatings for existing roofs. By keeping the building cooler, these materials help lower energy consumption and reduce the ‘heat island’ effect.

Tried and tested tile roofs

Tiles have been a staple in hot climates for centuries, and for good reason. Materials like clay and concrete have natural thermal resistance and can withstand high temperatures. The shape and design of tile roofs allow for ventilation, promoting airflow that helps dissipate heat. Additionally, these materials are durable and provide excellent insulation, making them suitable for regions where extreme temperatures are the norm.

Metal roofing

Another popular choice for hot climates due to its reflective properties and durability is metal. Metal roofs can be coated with reflective finishes to enhance their solar reflectance, keeping the building cooler. They are also resistant to cracking, warping, and rot, making them well suited for areas with intense sunlight and temperature fluctuations.


Beyond materials and designs, proper insulation is essential for hot climates. Adequate insulation prevents heat transfer into the living spaces, ensuring that the interior remains cool and comfortable. Reflective foil insulation, radiant barriers, and foam insulation are effective options for keeping hot air out and cool air in.

Want some help deciding what roofing works best for your property? Give the Breathe Dubai maintenance experts a call.