Central Florida is well...a unique place. From the unique flora and fauna to the ubiquitous and somewhat notorious "Florida Man," we have our share of oddities in the Sunshine State. The fact that we live in such an amazing and interesting location means that we also face certain challenges. Storm damage in Central Florida can be brutal. Choosing the right materials for your roof is a must when installing, re-doing, or making repairs. Today we take a look at a few different materials that are popular in our area and how the right roofing contractor can help you make your Florida home look and function at its best.
By far the most popular material used in roofing today are asphalt shingles. Shingles are usually the most affordable option. They also last a long time and look nice on most houses. Houses with sloped roofs look especially attractive when covered in shingles. While shingles are prone to storm damage, they usually hold up fairly well in inclement weather. Another advantage to choosing shingles is that if one or two are damaged or fall off during a storm, you don't need to replace the entire roof. It is totally possible to replace individual damaged asphalt shingles as needed.
Red-tile roofs are often found on Spanish or Mediterranean-style homes. The beautiful color of red-tile roofs really bring out the best in these style homes and look amazing with stucco siding. Larger, ranch-style homes can also be outfitted with tile roofs completely changing their look in the process. While tile often gets a bad reputation for being easily damaged, it is actually quite resilient. The shape and construction of tiles allow for much greater wind resistance than other materials.
In addition, consumers are no longer limited to clay or slate tiles. Synthetic tiles look every bit as attractive but often come at a fraction of the cost. That, coupled with lower maintenance, repair, and replacement costs create a real win for the homeowner and helps the environment, too.
Whatever your choice of materials, tile is so strong that a properly installed tile roof can withstand winds of more than 150 miles per hour.
Metal is an attractive and versatile material when it comes to roofing. In addition to being affordable to install, metal roofing can actually save homeowners additional money on energy costs. As we noted here, metal roofs reflect more sunlight than asphalt or tile roofs. Metal roofs that are painted using special colors and coatings (these are often referred to as "low-glare" roofs) will reflect even more harmful UV rays. The result is a cooler house and a lower energy bill when the weather is hot. In other words...all year round in our neck of the woods.
While mostly found on commercial buildings, flat roofs have been incorporated nicely into contemporary residential architecture plans in the last few years. Gravel is an excellent choice for covering flat roofs and protecting your structure from critter damage. A TPO (or thermoplastic polyolefin) roof is another excellent choice if you're looking for durability. TPO is not really a plastic as its name suggests but rather a blend of different types of rubber. This substance forms a membrane over the roof that is ultra-strong and made to last.
No matter what material you decide on for your next roof, Nations Roofing & Construction LLC has you covered. We work with all brands and products. Please give us a call today at 813-485-4440 to schedule your free consultation.