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Your Next Roof: Tile, Shingle or Metal?

Homeowners facing a roof replacement have a big decision ahead of them: Should they stick with what they know or try a different roofing material? Certainly, there are benefits to upgrading from shingle roofing to tile or metal. Here, we break down the pros and cons of each type of roofing material so you can make the best decision for your home and budget.

Considerations For Your Roof Replacement

Pros and Cons of an Asphalt Shingle Roof

Pros:

  • Affordable: The material and installation are relatively inexpensive making it the most budget-friendly choice. Also, keep future expenses in mind: Not only is the initial cost more affordable, but also asphalt shingles are the cheapest to repair in the event of storm damage -- a very real concern here in Central Florida.

  • Accommodates any home style: Asphalt shingles are available in many colors and styles, including three-tab and architectural shingles which can lend your home a more distinctive look. (Just keep in mind that these more stylish options are more expensive.)

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: Because asphalt shingles are more susceptible to damage, expect to replace your roof every 15 to 30 years.

Pros and Cons of a Tile Roof

Pros:

  • Durable: You’ll never have to replace your roof again. A tile roof can last more than a century, withstanding high winds, hail, and heavy rains. Clay tile is the only roofing material that actually looks better with time. Rather than fade, their tints become more vibrant over time. Tile is so strong, in fact, that some manufacturers will back their product with a 50-year warranty.

  • Energy-efficient: Your home will be cooler with a tile roof. Tile doesn’t absorb heat; clay or cement tiles emit heat. And because tiles are installed individually, rather than overlapping sheets, they allow for more air circulation.

Cons:

  • Expensive: The durability and energy efficiency of a tile roof is going to cost you. Expect to pay at least twice that of an asphalt shingle roof. Among your tile options -- clay, slate, and concrete -- concrete is the least expensive. The upside is longevity. A tile roof is the last roof you’ll ever need.

  • Not suitable for all homes: Tile is heavy. Your roof may need to be structurally reinforced to support the weight of tile shingles if lightweight options aren’t available. You also need to consider the slope of your roof. A low pitched roof may require additional underlayments, which may increase the installation costs.

Pros and Cons of a Metal Roof

Pros:

  • Long-lasting: Metal roofs hold up against the elements to last between 40 to 70 years, which is often matched by a manufacturer’s warranty. When properly installed, a metal roof can withstand 140 mph winds.

  • Minimizes heat gain: Like tile, metal roofs have reflective properties to help you maintain a cooler home. According to the Metal Roofing Alliance, metal roofs can cut your cooling costs by as much as 25%.

Cons:

  • Dentable: Large hail and falling tree branches can dent some metal roofs. Be sure to ask about the manufacturer’s warranty to determine what type of damage is covered.

  • Noisier: Some people like the sound of rain against a metal roof. For others, it’s a nuisance. If noise is a concern, ask your roofing contractor about adding extra sheathing to muffle the sound.

Turn to the Orlando Area Roof Replacement Experts

Rhyne Roofing and Restoration 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 (888) 973-0087.

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