Whether you need to replace your roof due to damage or are simply looking for a change, choosing the best quality roofing materials should be your top priority. This is especially true in Florida, where our unique weather system means that roofs are constantly being put to the test. Your roof needs to be able to withstand high volumes of rain strong winds, scorching heat, and even the occasional hurricane.
To give you a good idea of what quality roofing options are out there, let’s take a closer look at the three most popular roofing materials below.
Shingle roofs have a lifespan of about 15-20 years, though architectural shingles can often last up to 25-30 years. Shingle roofs tend to curl and fade in the heat and make your home less heat-resistant, as the materials tend to absorb and emit heat into the home. 3-tab shingles are less wind resistant, which is a disadvantage.
The main advantage of shingle roofs is their cost. Shingles are the most affordable roofing material, with 3-tab shingles being cheaper than architectural shingles. Shingle roofs are also cheaper to install. However, it is important to consider other hidden costs. Since shingle roofs are not as heat-resistant, you may end up saving a lot more in electricity bills over the long run if you opt for a different roof material.
Tiles are very heavy, which makes them very wind-resistant. Clay and concrete have very low water absorbency rates, making them perfect for Florida’s rainy and humid climate. Tiles are bad conductors of heat, which means that instead of letting heat pass into your home, they emit heat back into the atmosphere. This will keep your home cool and will save you money on your electricity bill in the long run.
Most tile roofs last 50 years or more. Tile roofs are more expensive than shingle roofs, and clay tile roofs can be particularly expensive. However, they may work out to be cheaper over the long term, given their legendary longevity.
Metal roofs are incredibly strong while also being very lightweight. This makes it a great alternative for homes that lack foundations suitable for heavy tile roofs. Metal roofs are both wind and heat-resistant. While some homeowners may be put off this type of roof because metal can rust, they need not be: all metal roofs are treated with a rust-resistant coating. Other metals, such as aluminum, are naturally rust-resistant.
Metal roofs have a lifespan of 30-50 years. The cost of a metal roof depends on which type of composite you choose. Steel roofing is the cheapest, followed by aluminum, and then copper. Overall, metal roofs are cheaper to install than clay or tile roofs, but are more expensive than shingles.
One thing that could add to the cost of your metal roof installation is soundproofing. Since metal roofs can be quite noisy in windy and rainy conditions, you may want to invest more in a good soundproofing solution. Keep in mind that metal roofs are the most energy-efficient and will save you a lot of money in cooling costs.
Quality Roofing Services In South Florida
If your roof is poorly installed, it won’t matter whether you’ve chosen the best roofing materials on the market. At ABC Roofing Corp., we pride ourselves on providing quality roofing services, whether it be installation, repairs, or maintenance. Give us a call today at (954) 344 4622 to find out why we’re South Florida’s most trusted roofing experts.