There are many different types of roofing in Florida available to homeowners. Whether you are building from scratch, doing a home renovation, or simply in need of a new roof, it is great to have so many good options. If you would like more details on specific options, or to get a complimentary price quote from the finest Florida roof contractor, please call 833-PP-ROOFING (833-777-6634). Here is a brief description of the five most popular roof choices for our clients:
Traditional 3-Tab, Asphalt Shingles
The 3-tab asphalt shingle is the standard Florida roof. Asphalt shingles are the most economical choice, come in a wide variety of colors, and are relatively easy to install. There are a few drawbacks to 3-tab shingles. They are not the most durable solution, and with Florida’s high winds and intense UV exposure, their life expectancy is not as long as most other solutions. They are not a very eco-friendly option, and have relatively low insulation value. If you are looking for an affordable option, however, it is hard to beat a 3-tab asphalt shingle. Learn more about traditional roof shingles here.
Architectural shingles are a major step up from 3-tab shingles. They provide a more dimensional, high-quality appearance, without sacrificing the traditional look. They are somewhat more energy efficient. Their biggest advantage, however, lies in their durability. They are rated for significantly higher winds than 3-tab shingles, and hold up much better to UV exposure. Those benefits come at a cost, however, as architectural shingles are more expensive than 3-tab shingles. In other ways, they share many of the same strengths and weaknesses as 3-tab shingles. If you plan to live in the home for an extended period of time, however, this option can more than pay for the added expense over 3-tab shingles. Learn more about architectural shingles here.
If you have a flat or nearly flat roof, a roof membrane may be an ideal choice for you. In truth, there are a few different types of membrane materials used, each with its own list of strengths and weaknesses. Because there is a wide variety of membrane material available, it gives property owners a wider variety of things to consider, among them price points. Roof membranes tend to be highly resistant to wind damage, though they can be vulnerable to punctures. Roof membranes are also typically very good insulators, which can lower energy costs significantly. Some options are also pretty eco-friendly. Learn more about roof membranes here.
Concrete/Clay Roof Tiles
Roof tiles are perhaps the most distinctive, durable, and eco-friendly of all roofing options. They are very wind-resistant and nearly impervious to UV damage. They are a bit brittle, however, and can be damaged by flying debris. Roof tiles provide a high rate of insulation value which helps to lower energy bills. They are the “green” choice for those worried about the environment. They also tend to have the biggest effect on increasing property values. The drawback? Concrete or clay roof tiles are very difficult to install (often requiring additional roof reinforcement) and are the most expensive option. Learn more about concrete or clay roof tiles here.
Many property owners are attracted to metal roofing because of its classic look, or the pitter-patter of Florida rain on their Florida roof. It is also relatively easy to install. Metal roofing is very resistant to punctures, high winds, and UV damage, though corrosion can be an issue over time, due to high moisture levels. Metal roofing is also not a particularly good insulator and is not as cheap as some other roofing options. Learn more about metal roofing in Florida here.
There are other, more specialized types of roofing in Florida. We would love to explore your options with you. Please call 833-PP-ROOFING (833-777-6634) for a free consultation with a member of our experienced, helpful team.