If it’s time to replace the roof on your home, you have an excellent opportunity to investigate different materials. Here in Florida, the most popular residential roofing materials are composition shingles, tile and metal. While the cost of a roof replacement is usually a major factor, learning more about the long-term performance of each material and weighing their individual pros and cons can help you make an informed choice.
Shingles come in a wide range of attractive styles and colors, and they’re the best option if affordability is your primary concern. The higher-quality fiberglass or asphalt shingles available today can protect your home from the elements for 15 to 20 years or more. Shingles are easily installed, low maintenance and most have Class A fire protection ratings. There are some potential negatives though; shingles are more vulnerable to algae and moss growth, and they can be torn off in high winds.
If you’re looking for an attractive, incredibly durable alternative to shingles, metal roofing is worth considering. Although it’s more expensive to install, its 40 to 50-year lifespan offsets the extra upfront cost. In many cases it can be installed on top of a layer of shingles, which saves the mess and expense of tearing off and disposing of old material. Metal is wind resistant, fire retardant and virtually maintenance free. You can choose from a variety of styles and colors to perfectly complement your home’s aesthetics. Because it’s reflective, metal limits heat transfer into the attic and boosts cooling efficiency. One potential strictly visual issue with metal roofing is its tendency to ripple or oil can, but a skilled and experienced roofer can minimize the effect during installation.
If the longevity of your roof is critically important, tile is your best bet. Although it costs more than shingles or metal roofing, tile has an expected lifespan of 75 years or more when properly installed. You can choose between clay and concrete roof tiles in an array of types, colors and finishes to suit the style of your home. This low-maintenance material is also resistant to wind and hail damage, and impervious to decay, fire and insect damage. The main drawbacks of tile are its weight and susceptibility to breaking if it’s walked on.
For more expert advice about the different material choices or the cost of a roof replacement, contact us today at Imperial Roofing Contractor.