What Type of Roof Is Best for Your Florida Home?

There are many roofing materials available on the market. Each one has its own strengths. Only a handful of roofing materials are suitable for Florida’s unique climate. Roofs are put to the test by high humidity, strong winds, storms that can cause severe hailstorms, heavy rains, and high temperatures.

Old Time Roofing focuses on three main types of roofing materials: metal roofs, asphalt roofs, and tile roofs. We’ll look at why these choices are the best for Floridians.

asphalt shingle roof

 Asphalt Roofs

All across the United States, roofs made of asphalt shingles are very common. They offer affordability and long-term durability (up to 20 years).

It’s important to remember that asphalt shingles with algicides are the best option in Florida’s humid conditions. This helps to prevent any moisture buildup that could lead to algal growth. Algae can cause asphalt shingles’ protective coatings to become worn down. This makes them more vulnerable to drying out or weakening.

There are three types of asphalt shingles available, each with a different design and performance.

Strip Shingles (3 Tab)

Basic shingles are made up of one layer of asphalt. This makes them lightweight and flat. These shingles are the most economical, but they are also the least durable. They are only suitable for winds between 60 and 70 mph.

Architectural Shingles (Dimensional and Laminate)

These shingles are made up of multiple layers, which gives them a thicker appearance as well as greater resistance to the elements. Special reinforced brands can have wind ratings up to 150 mph.

Luxury Shingles

These shingles are known by their name as being the most expensive and highest quality. These shingles are most like the most sought-after roofing materials, such as classic shake and natural slate. The best brands can achieve wind ratings exceeding 150 mph. Luxury shingles may last a lifetime.

Metal roof

 Metal roofs

Metal roofs are made up of large, solid pieces that span large areas and are bolted to the home’s structure. Metal roofs are not like shingle or tile roofs. This means you don’t have to worry about individual pieces being blown away by wind or debris.

Metal roofs are becoming more popular among Florida homeowners due to their durability and long life expectancy. A metal roof will last between 40 and 70 years if it is installed by an experienced crew. Most manufacturers offer warranties that last 50+ years.

Rust-proof coatings are effective in resisting moisture. The lack of individual pieces also makes it less likely that algae or moss will build up on metal roofs. They can withstand winds up to 140 mph.

Metal roofing is more expensive than some other options but it is less likely to be damaged or need replacement. This comes with its own high costs. Some panels are more resistant to heavy debris and can be damaged during hurricane season. They still offer the greatest structural strength. This is a huge plus for homeowners when it comes to safety.

There are three styles of metal roofing panels available:

5V Crimp With Exposed Fasteners

These panels are smoother and more minimalistic than others because they have very little line texturing.

Rib Panel with Exposed Fasteners

These panels have the most texture thanks to extra ribbing.

Standing Seam Concealed Fastener

These are medium in texture and conceal fasteners to protect attachment components from the elements.

Tile roof

Tile roofs

One of our top choices is tile roofs. They are strong enough to withstand winds up to 150 mph making them an ideal material for homes that are vulnerable to hurricanes. You can also get an appraisal boost for your home due to the increased performance and aesthetic quality of certain types.

There are many options for tile roofing. Old Time Roofing offers the following:

Clay Tiles

Clay tiles are very durable for Florida roofs due to their resistance to moisture, algae growth, and high strength. They can last between 50 and 100 years. Clay tiles can be more costly than ceramic tiles, costing up to $3,000 per square (100sqf)

Concrete Tiles

Although concrete tiles are not as durable as clay tiles, they are very similar to clay tiles. They can last between 30 and 50 years. They cost between $400 and $1,000 per square.

Slate Tiles

This classic, waterproof natural roofing material is timeless. Since soft slate is less durable and more susceptible to damage, hard slate is the best choice for Florida homes. It’s more expensive, at $6000-$8000/square.

Synthetic Roof Tiles

Synthetics offer the same visual appeal as traditional materials like slate but at a lower cost and with better durability. These tiles range in price from $110 to $1600 per square, depending on the brand and quality.

This post was written by Ted Williams! Ted is the owner of A Old Time Roofing which is the premier Pinellas County roofing contractor! Ted is a Master Elite Weather Stopper GAF Roofing Contractor, a double award winner of Best Steep-Slope Contractor from GAF, and an achiever of Master Elite Consumer Protection Excellence from GAF. He has been serving the Pinellas County area since 1978. Old Time Roofing has been a tradition in quality workmanship, servicing residential and commercial properties.