Asphalt, Tile or Metal?

What Type of Roof Is Right For Me?

When considering what type of roofing to install, weigh aesthetics against cost. Roofing materials come in varying grades and corresponding prices. Look at the full product range and make a choice based on your budget and needs. Prices and durability can range considerably. Here are the types of roofing to consider.

Asphalt Roofing Shingles

The most popular by far, asphalt shingles are made of fiberglass sandwiched between asphalt and ceramic granules. Relatively light and easy to install, they are a good choice if you’re looking for style at a budget price. They may last 30 years or more but can be vulnerable to high winds. Asphalt roofing comes in two types. Laminated shingles, also known as “architectural” or “dimensional” shingles, are layered, and their thickness and depth make them look more like slate or wood shakes. Three-tab asphalt shingles, though similarly priced, are made in a single layer. They’re flatter and thinner than laminated shingles and didn’t perform as well in past tests. What’s more, falling prices for laminated shingles are helping them grab more and more of the market.

Tile Roofing

Tile roofs are roof covers with shingles made from clay, concrete, and other hardwearing materials. They differ from the typical asphalt shingle roof in that they are rigid and heavy. While a strong wind may blow asphalt shingles off, properly attached tile roofs require winds in excess of 125 mph before damage begins.

Advantages of tile roofing include fire resistance, excellent insulation and longevity. Whether made of fired clay or concrete, tile roofs are extremely durable and can last for centuries in some cases.
A tile roof is a mid-level expense. While more expensive than a standard asphalt shingle roof, they are less than slate, wood, or metal. Clay and concrete are in plentiful supply while wood has to come from maintained forests. Slate is expensive due to the mining process, and metal is expensive to begin with.

Metal Roofing

Metal roofing comes in steel, aluminum, copper, and alloy strips, and in various shapes and textures. Copper is especially expensive. Over time, copper acquires a greenish patina that some people find attractive. Advantages of metal include easy installation and it’s ultra-lightweight, about half the weight of asphalt. And of course metal roofing doesn’t burn. But it can be noisy in a rainstorm. Although the steel strips we tested dented easily, their textured surface hid minor damage quite well. Such roofing effectively reflects the sun’s rays, so it keeps your home cooler in summer—a benefit in hot climates. Make sure you hire a contractor who is familiar with the material.

Which roofing tile is right for me? Total Home Roofing is ready to help you discover the best roofing option for your home or business. Let our experts help you find the right roofing material for your home or commercial building. For more information on our roofing products and services, contact us today.

About Total Home Roofing:  Total Home Roofing is a Residential and Commercial roofing company based in Rockledge, FL, founded in 2006, Total Home roofing has over 150 employees and 3 Central Florida offices in Orlando, Rockledge & Daytona.

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