Your Next Roof: Tile, Shingle or Metal?

View on asphalt roofing shingles covered with frost.

When it comes time to replace their roof, homeowners must make a difficult choice: should they remain with their current roofing material or try something new? There are undoubtedly advantages to switching from shingle roofing to tile or metal. Here, we outline the benefits and drawbacks of each type of roofing material so you can choose the option that is best for your house and your budget.

Considerations For Your Roof Replacement

Pros and Cons of an Asphalt Shingle Roof

Pros:

  • Affordable: It is the most economical option because the material and installation are both reasonably priced. Aside from being less expensive initially, asphalt shingles are also the least expensive to repair in the event of storm damage, which is a very serious problem in Central Florida.
  • Accommodates any home style: Asphalt shingles come in a variety of hues and designs, such as three-tab and architectural shingles, which can give your house a more distinctive appearance. (Just bear in mind that these classier options cost extra.)

Cons:

  • Prone to damage: Asphalt shingles are more fragile. Damage occurs both gradually and immediately, such as during a hurricane. The material cracks when exposed to extreme heat and shingles can come loose in strong wind.
  • Don’t last as long: You can anticipate to replace your roof every 15 to 30 years because asphalt shingles are more likely to sustain damage.w

Pros and Cons of a Tile Roof

Pros:

  • Durable: Your roof won’t ever need to be replaced. A tile roof can survive strong winds, hail, and torrential rain for more than a century. The only roofing material that genuinely improves in appearance over time is clay tile. Over time, their hues intensify rather than disappear. In fact, tile is so durable that some manufacturers will offer a 50-year warranty on their products.
  • Energy-efficient: A tile roof will keep your house cooler. Clay or cement tiles radiate heat; they do not absorb it. Additionally, tiles allow for better airflow because they are put individually rather than in sheets that are overlapped.

Cons:

  • Expensive: You will pay a price for a tile roof’s resilience and energy efficiency. Pay at least twice as much as you would for an asphalt shingle roof. Concrete is the least expensive tile option you have, with clay, slate, and concrete being the others. Longevity is a benefit. The only roof you’ll ever require is a tile roof.
  • Not suitable for all homes: Tile weighs a much. If lightweight alternatives are not available, your roof may need to be structurally strengthened to handle the weight of tile shingles. You should also take your roof’s slope into account. Additional underlayments might be needed for low-pitched roofs, which would raise the price of installation.

Pros and Cons of a Metal Roof

Pros:

  • Long-lasting: A manufacturer’s warranty is frequently matched by the 40–70 years that metal roofs can withstand the elements. A metal roof, when constructed correctly, can resist winds of up to 140 mph.
  • Minimizes heat gain: Similar to tiling, metal roofs offer reflecting qualities that might help you keep your house cooler. The Metal Roofing Alliance claims that metal roofs can save your cooling expenditures by up to 25%.

Cons:

  • Dentable: A few metal roofs can sustain dents from large hail and falling tree limbs. To find out what kinds of damage are covered, make sure to inquire about the manufacturer’s guarantee.
  • Noisier: Some folks enjoy hearing raindrops hit a metal roof. Others find it annoying. In order to reduce noise, ask your roofing contractor consider adding more sheathing.

Turn to the Orlando Area Roof Replacement Experts

Rhyne Restoration Roofing is the leading roofing company serving Orlando, Winter Park, and surrounding areas. We’re happy to discuss your roofing replacement options to determine which material is best for your home. To schedule an appointment, call (407) 277-4963.

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