When it comes to reroofing your home, there are a number of factors to consider. In terms of cost, the best roof type for you will strike the right balance between initial investment and total cost of ownership. The material you choose to use should meet the local building code requirement, especially if a permit is required. Roofing experts also recommend considering whether the material is the right choice for your home. Things like weight requirements, the nature of the property and local climate can affect the performance of any roofing material. Here are some specific types of roofs and more factors to think about for your roofing project.
Asphalt shingles are the most prevalent roofing material in Pensacola but also throughout North America. What makes asphalt such a popular choice is that the material is relatively inexpensive while also being durable and long lasting. Asphalt shingles are easier and quicker to install than many other roofing materials, which means that the installation costs are typically lower as well.
The traditional asphalt shingle—often called a three-tab shingle—is the cheapest and has a 15-year expected lifespan in mild climates and a 10-year expected lifespan in harsh climates. A popular alternative to the basic asphalt shingle is the architectural shingle, which also goes by other names, such as laminated and dimensional shingles. Architectural shingles cost more up front but are thicker and can thus last upward of 30 years. Another advantage of a laminated shingle is that it provides more design opportunities. These products are available in many different colors, textures and styles, and there are even products available that mimic other materials, such as slate and cedar shakes and shingles.
Metal has long been used as a roofing material, and its usage is once again trending up. A metal roof will generally require a more substantial initial investment than an asphalt roof, but a metal roof can last between 50 and 100 years depending on the metal you choose. Therefore, if you can afford that greater initial cost, metal is a strong option because it will actually cost less over time. Metal roofs are very durable and impact resistant. They’re also fire resistant and impervious to rot and funguses.
There are many options available when choosing a metal roof. Steel and aluminum are among the most prevalent choices. Those materials are the most affordable and last around 50 years, and they are also available in a wide range of colors and other design options. Copper is a traditional choice. The cost is relatively high, but the aesthetic is unmatched by other metals. Zinc is an increasingly popular roofing material as well. It costs more than aluminum and steel but much less than copper. It also lasts for approximately 100 years, and it is the most eco-friendly choice.
Tile roofing is often associated with the Mediterranean roof style, which is popular in this region, but there are a wide range of design possibilities. Like a metal roof, a tile roof can last upward of 100 years, and while the initial cost will usually be higher, there is an unparalleled elegance to a tile roof. Clay tiles are the traditional choice but also the most expensive. Many homeowners will opt for concrete tiles as they’re not only less expensive but more resistant to impact-related damage. Concrete also opens up more design possibilities as it can be painted. The biggest trade-off is the concrete tiles last for about 50 years. A third option is composite roofing, which can be manufactured to look like clay tile. The cost will be lower with a composite roof, and you can still achieve a lifespan upward of 50 years.
Cedar Shingles and Shakes
Cedar shingles and shakes are also excellent roofing materials that deliver a classic and beautiful aesthetic. The main difference between a shingle and shake is that the shingle has a smooth surface whereas the shake is rough-hewn. Cedar roofs are generally less expensive than metal and tile roofing systems and can last up to 50 years. This material provides excellent thermal and noise insulation and is also highly weather and storm resistant. Another compelling aspect of cedar is that the aesthetic actually becomes more attractive and complex as the material ages, and that certainly sets it apart from most other roofing materials.
Synthetic Roofing Materials
As technology advances, synthetic roofing materials are becoming more prevalent, and they are expected to represent a significant portion of the market in the future. These products are made from rubber, plastic, polymers and similar components, and manufacturers can make them to look like other roofing materials. They are, for instance, a popular alternative to slate. While beautiful and durable, slate is heavy and expensive. Some homes can’t even withstand the weight without modifications. Synthetic slate, on the other hand, is light enough to be installed on practically any home. It’s also much cheaper and lasts as long with the same durability as the real material that it is mimicking.
Energy Star Certified Roofing Materials
The EPA certifies roofing products through the Energy Star program. Certification isn’t limited to asphalt shingles and extends to metal, tile, wood, composite and so forth. Roofing products that are Energy Star certified are often referred to as cool roofs, including cool roofing materials and cool roofing systems. Cool roof technologies do cost more and are not a necessary additional expense for all homes. But in hot climates like ours and particularly if your home receives substantial sunlight, investing in a cool roof can make it much cheaper to run your air conditioning over the life of the roof. Investing in a cool roof may also make you eligible for a tax credit that helps you offset the initial investment.
Other Factors to Consider
An effective roofing system involves much more than just the shingles. The underlying sheathing is a fundamental component that should be repaired or replaced if compromised. Underlayment is a moisture barrier installed between the sheathing and shingles. Roof ventilation is also very important as it allows air to circulate and an optimal attic temperature to be achieved. This makes it easier to heat and cool your home but also extends the life of the roofing material. Finally, you need a well-functioning gutter system so that your roof can shed rainwater as quickly and efficiently as possible.
Your Expert Roofing Team in Greater Orlando
Quality Roofing is a fully licensed and insured roofing contractor that offers a range of residential and commercial roofing services in Florida and Alabama. Our team installs all types of roofing materials used in this region, including asphalt shingles, metal roofing and clay and concrete tiles, and we can convert your home or building from one type of roofing to another. We also perform roof inspections, roof maintenance and roof repairs, including storm repair. Call Quality Roofing today or contact us online to schedule an inspection and estimate or with any questions about our services and products.
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