Pros And Cons Of An Asphalt Roof In Florida

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There are advantages and disadvantages when it comes to asphalt roofs – if you are thinking of choosing this material for your home we can help. An asphalt roof could be the right choice for for now in terms of cost, but will it have the durability you are after?

Asphalt Roofing Is A Quick Fix

If it’s urgent and you’re on a tight budget – asphalt roofing will do the job. In fact, shingles are still one of the most popular choices on the market. Compared to premium roof materials, for example tiles, an asphalt roof is much cheaper. On the other hand, you pay the price when it comes to quality, since this type of roofing has a shorter lifespan and replacement will be necessary.

If it is a simple, affordable, short-term solution you are after – asphalt roofing is for you. It is a light-weight product which makes for a quick and easy installation process. Usually the installation can be completed by ABC Roofing Corp within a matter of days, because there is no need to prepare any other structural support.


Asphalt roofing can look the part no matter your style requirements – we’ve got it all. The shingles come in any color, including blue, red, yellow and green.

You also can choose between 3-Tab, laminated or architectural style shingles, depending on your price and preference. Take a look at this list or contact one of our ABC staff members for more information before making your choice:

  • 3-Tab Shingles

    These are the simplest, entry level style with a relatively limited warranty, as they do tend to buckle in winds of over 60 mph.

  • Dimensional Style Shingles

    These are known as the most attractive of the options. They resemble natural wood without setting you back as much as the real deal. These can tolerate stronger winds of up to 130 mph.

  • Premium Style Shingles

    If it is a unique appearance you’re after, go with premium style shingles. The advantage is a lifetime warranty and the peace of mind that you have selected the best of best when it comes to asphalt.

The Catch – Less Longevity

While other materials can last a lifetime (some clay tiles can last 20 – 25 years), shingles generally have a lifespan of about 15 years before you need to replace them. The reason shingles have less longevity is because during the rainy season leaks are common – as the roof ages and it flexes between warmer and cooler temperatures it will become less weather resistant.

Unfortunately, shingles do better in cooler weather than in warmer conditions, given Florida’s temperate weather this is an important consideration. Asphalt shingles also might blow off in high winds, whereas other materials do not lift.

Changing Trends

Shingles are not a sustainable option because they are a petroleum based product. They also are seldom recycled after they’ve been used, contributing to rising landfills. Another disadvantage to shingle roofing is that it is provides poor insulation, resulting in higher utility bills in the home and greater energy use! In comparison, tiles are much more environmentally friendly – it is for this reason that shingles are becoming far less common. These days, people are choosing more eco-friendly materials.

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