At Kairos Roofing, we know that deciding on – and investing in – the best quality roof is a major undertaking. Choosing the right roof type for your home is one of the most important decisions you’ll have to make during your roof replacement process. Rest assured, we’ll compare roof materials with you and discuss the pros and cons of each type during our consultation process.
Keep in mind that when you begin the process to compare roofing materials, it’s important to take into account factors like cost, durability and lifespan. A roofing material comparison should also include the styles, colors and textures that are available.
When you compare roof types, it can be helpful to drive around your neighborhood and pay attention to the different types of roofs you see on various homes. During your roof type comparison, you’ll notice that many roofs have a steep slope, while others are flat or have very little slope. Your home’s roof pitch (another term for slope) will help determine which style of roof we can install. For example, sloped roofs are contenders for asphalt shingles, concrete tile, clay tile and metal roofing. Flat roofs, on the other hand, are covered with a waterproof membrane, but no shingles or tiles.
Costs of Roof Types
A roof cost comparison can also be useful when choosing a new roof. At Kairos Roofing, we understand that your budget is a top priority. The most common South Florida roof types can range in price, starting as low as $5 per square foot. Kairos Roofing experts will guide you in choosing the best roof type – at the best price – for you.
As you do your research, you may be wondering about the cost of shingle vs tile roofs, or other styles. When you compare roof costs, consider that the price of your new roof installation will be affected by factors such as the quality of your roofing system, your roof’s pitch, the size of your home and your home’s existing roof deck. It’s also wise to factor in any add-on services you might need, such as hurricane straps, gutters and roof installation. As you compare roof prices, consider the following:
- Cost of tile vs metal roofs: In general, a metal roof is more expensive than a tile roof
- Cost of shingle vs metal roofs: A metal roof may be twice as expensive as a shingle roof
- Cost of concrete vs clay roofs: A concrete roof costs less than a clay tile roof
It can be tough to visualize all the different roof types in South Florida. For example, a tile roof compared to a metal roof will have a very different aesthetic feeling. We understand that one of the biggest questions you’ll have about your new roof is how the finished product will look on your house. Therefore, it’s important to consider your new roof’s aesthetics, including the style of roof, design, color and texture. Before deciding on all of these elements, though, take into consideration:
- Your home’s architecture style.
- Your home’s existing color palette.
- What is popular in your neighborhood.
- Any homeowner’s association guidelines.
How Roofs Are Impacted By Climate and Weather
As you compare roof types here in South Florida, the weather is always top of mind – especially when it comes to home maintenance. The best quality roof is one that can withstand our high temperatures and humidity, as well as our tropical storms and hurricanes. That’s a lot to ask from your roof, but when you choose the right style for your situation and have it installed by the professionals at Kairos Roofing, you can expect your roof to withstand some of the toughest weather conditions.
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When deciding on the best type of roof for your home, understanding how much your new roof weighs is also important. A concrete roof compared to a shingle roof, for example, boils down to concrete tiles weighing more than shingles. Before installation, we’ll need to determine if your home’s existing structure can hold up under the weight, and your city municipality may require an engineer to review the weight load capabilities. Common questions surrounding roof weight include:
- What is best a concrete or clay roof? When it comes to weight, concrete tiles are heavier than clay tiles.
- What is best a shingle or tile roof? Shingle roofs are lightweight and can stand up against South Florida’s weather. Tile roofs are heavier, but they also last longer.
- What is best a tile or metal roof? Metal roofs are also lightweight, while still being incredibly durable. Though tile roofs have long lifespans, metal roofs are the longest-lasting roofs on the market, but also the most expensive.
Durability of Roofs
Evaluating the longest roof life expectancy and durability can help you decide which style of roof to install on your South Florida home. Roofs all have varying lifespans, ranging from 10 years to 50 years (or longer), with metal lasting the longest. A shingle roof compared to a tile roof is easy to evaluate when you consider that a tile roof can last up to 50 years, while shingle roofs typically last between 10 and 12 years. Similarly, when looking at a shingle roof compared to a metal roof, the metal roof has a much longer lifespan, and may even outlive your residency.