Your roof takes a beating under our South Florida climate. If it’s time for a new roof, there are several materials that will increase your home’s energy-efficiency, reduce utility bills, and enhance curb appeal!
How Do I Know If I Need A New Roof?
- Roof shingles with holes or cracks, curling shingles, or other obvious signs of damage or age
- Water damage and multiple roof leaks
- It’s been over 20 years since your roof was installed
- New roofs have been put on your neighbor’s houses
- Several types of mold, algae and moss can be cleaned, but in other cases they increase moisture in the roof and compromise its integrity
- Unrepairable damage caused by a major storm
- Your home needs a new look or you simply want to increase curb appeal
What New Roofing Material Should You Choose?
- Shingles – Commonly available and inexpensive, asphalt/composition shingles may last up to 15-20 years, but fiber cement shingles last up to 25 years or more.
- Tile/Concrete – The most common type of tile roof today is made from colored concrete and can last up to 50 years. Roof tiles can also be made from fired clay, terra cotta, or slate.
- Metal – Modern and farmhouse designs are rapidly adopting metal roofs, once popular only in tropical areas. They can last 40 to 70 years, depending on the metal quality and installation.
- Flat – Modern and contemporary architecture often uses flat roofs. In general, flat roofs are an excellent option if the underlayer and top coat are correctly installed, but the materials need to be replaced every 10 to 15 years.