Your roof is something you tend not to think about until you need a new one- but choosing a new roof is a very important process, one that can come with many advantages or disadvantages. Most homeowners are unaware of the many types of roofs that they have to choose from. We invite you to take a journey with us to explore the many shingle options that are available. Shingles can be made of asphalt, wood, metal, slate, or even concrete tile.
Asphalt shingles are the most common, mainly due to their relatively long lifespan, ease of installation, and inexpensive price. It offers three profile options and multiple color selections, creating an attractive look to enhance the curb appeal of your home. Although asphalt shingles are the most affordable option, they are also more susceptible to wind damage, and may decay in extreme weather instances such as hail. If you’re considering asphalt shingles, keep in mind that our Central Florida Division Manager, Keith Reece, has almost 15 years of experience in the roofing industry and has installed well over 1,500 shingle roofs.
If you’re looking for a more natural, country-like feel with a lot of character, consider a wooden shingle roof, like the one seen in the 1970’s television series, The Waltons. Compared to asphalt shingle, wooden shingles are much more durable, and with proper maintenance, could last up to 50 years! They are also very easy to install and repair. On the other hand, wood shingle roofs are very susceptible to outdoor elements. Wood shingles are more likely to suffer from degradation by moisture, which may lead to mold and mildew; also, for clear reasons, they also have a very poor fire rating. Consequently, you do not see many wood shingles in the state of Florida.
A relatively new shingle that is slowly increasing in popularity is the metal shingle roof. In contrast to wood shingles, metal shingles are highly fire resistant and require little maintenance. They will not rot or develop mildew, and they have the potential to last 25-100 years. Metal shingles also provides energy savings during the summer months due to their ability to reflect heat. Due to its material makeup and popularity, metal shingles are typically higher in cost and harder to find. If metal shingles are not installed properly you can have an acoustic issue in the building. Properly installed shingles will provide you with a quiet, peaceful environment.
Consider this, the Cathedral at Notre Dame in Paris was completed in 1160 and although the Cathedral has seen many wars, revolutions, fires and renovations, some of the original roof still remains. Slate shingles, like the ones seen on the Notre Dame Cathedral, provide the benefits of being waterproof, frost resistant, and fire resistant. However, slate shingles are justifiably heavier than other shingles. As a result, it’s important to ensure that the structure of your home is capable of handling the extra weight. Although this is the most expensive roof option, slate shingles are known for their aesthetic beauty and durability. With any roof covering, there exist multiple options to be considered, which is why it is always important to do your homework before making a decision. If you are interested in a slate alternative, synthetic slate shingles provide the same protection as a regular slate shingle, but with less weight and cost.
Concrete Tile Shingles
Because tiles are not flexible, they cannot be considered shingles in the traditional sense, but they can be applied in a similar manner. Like slate shingles, concrete tiles are aesthetically appealing, and incredibly durable, but also come with added weight and cost. With proper care and maintenance, concrete tiles have the potential to last up to 80 years. However, when tiles do get damaged, the cost to fix them can be extremely pricey.
No matter which shingle option you choose, it is important to understand the advantages and disadvantages each option brings. While some options may bring cost savings up front, others may last longer and provide more savings in the long run. Always consult with an experienced contractor who can walk you through each of the available options in order to help you make the best possible decision.
At Gulf Western Roofing, we are eager to answer any questions you may have. Mike Wheatley, our State Operations Manager, has over 40 years of experience in the construction industry and has been serving the residential and commercial roofing industry in the State of Florida for the past 25 years. Let us put that expertise to work for you. Give us a call today to make the first step to a brand new roof.