Roofs in Florida can last between 20 and 30 years. Many factors come into play due to extreme weather conditions, such as hurricanes, salt air, high humidity, and severe weather. How do you choose the right roofing material for your home? It is a major investment to replace your roof. You want it to last many years. Asphalt shingles are the most affordable sloped roofing option. Standing seam metal is the most costly but also the most durable. For low-sloped areas of your roof, single-ply and built-up roofing systems might be an option. Prices for roofing systems or combinations of roofing materials will vary depending on the size of your property or business, and the architectural design of the building. It is important to take into account not only the price but also the design and style of your building when choosing the best roofing system for Florida homes
Asphalt shingles can be a cost-effective roofing material. Shingles can last a long time if applied correctly using synthetic felt underlayment and taping over joints. An option to add water protection as the secondary water barrier. This can extend the lifespan of an asphalt shingle roofing system. Asphalt shingles are a low-cost roofing option, but many companies offer premium shingles such as dimensional shingles that have a more luxurious look. The unique appearance of dimensional shingles mimics wood shingles. It adds an exceptional, distinctive look to your home. Shingles are a beautiful alternative for a fraction of what you would pay for cedar shakes and slate tiles.
Tile Roofing Systems
Ceramic (clay) and cement tile roofs make excellent roofing options. Tile roofs are extremely durable and can withstand high winds and the heat of tropical climates. Tile roofs are typically more expensive than asphalt shingles, and they are not suitable for all structures because of their heavy weight.
Your home or business will have a unique and elegant tile roof. You can choose from many different colors to match your home or business’s style. There are three types of tiles: flat interlocking tiles; roll-style mission tiles; and “S”-shaped Spanish tiles. You can also order custom shapes and other finishing pieces. There are hundreds of tile shapes, materials, blends, and textures available. This will allow your roof to stand out as a symbol of elegance, beauty, and strength. Handmade clay tiles offer a unique, premium aesthetic. They are fire-resistant, durable, energy efficient, and often recyclable.
Metal Roofing Systems
Metal roofs are a premium roofing product. They can be made from many materials but, in Florida, most often, they are made from galvalume or aluminum, depending on their proximity to the ocean. Aluminum that is stronger against corrosion is required for greater exposure to salt air. Metal roofing is lightweight and can be used to replace tile roofs. Metal roofing systems can last up to 50 years if properly installed.
Single-ply membrane roofing systems, which are cost-effective and efficient, are popular for flat roofs in tropical climates. Single-ply is best for large flat roofs that have few penetrations or mechanical systems. Pedestrian access and roof equipment could cause damage to the system. The white membrane material, which is usually either TPO, EPDM, or PVC, reflects heat and reduces energy consumption. It can also withstand extreme heat and storm seasons in tropical environments. Single-ply roofing is cost-effective and can withstand high winds. It also offers superior waterproofing and protection for flat roofing projects.
Built-Up Roofing Systems
The layers of bitumen or asphalt are mixed with reinforced felt to create a built-up roof. This unique layering technique creates a flat roofing system that is strong, waterproof, and can withstand severe weather. These systems are the best for flat roofing because they have the longest expected life span. Built-up roofing is self-healing and rated for high water and wind protection. Built-up roofing is a great flat roof option for severe weather conditions and rainy seasons.
Custom roofing systems
A combination of roofing materials and unique trims is often required for distinctive architecture in a home or business. Flat roofs can be found on a property, as well as areas with steep slopes that require a combination of flat roofing materials and sloped roofing systems (such asphalt shingle or tile), as well as custom metal trims. Luxury residential or hotel roofing projects may include a rooftop entertainment deck with hot pools or swimming pools. This requires traditional roofing and unique pavers to rim the pool area and provide pedestrian access. These systems require careful coordination between the roofing contractor and other contractors. Roof systems can be tailored to fit any architecture or construction preference.
A Old Time Roofing expert team of roofing specialists can provide comprehensive roofing solutions for any type of residential or commercial roofing project. We only employ highly skilled roofing professionals with more than 40 years of experience in Florida. We only use the best materials. We demand the highest quality work from our suppliers and vendors. Quality and service are our passions. Call today to learn more about the best roofing system for your Florida home!