Understand your roofing options
When it comes to getting a new roof, or even buying a new home, understanding the kind of roof you may be getting is critical. Perhaps you are looking for a specific style of roof to match your aesthetic, or maybe you just want something that will stand up to our frequent rain storms or hurricanes? Some homeowners also want a long term investment in their home and want something energy efficient that they won’t have to worry about for the rest of their lifetime. Whichever category you fall into, there is a roofing type in Tampa, FL for you.
Factors to consider when choosing a roofing type
While you have options when it comes to the style of roof you get, there are some factors you’ll need to consider before getting your heart set on one type of roof or another. The last thing you want to happen is to hire a contractor and be just about to begin the roofing process and discover your dream roof won’t be a possibility. When speaking to a roofing contractor of different roofing types, consider:
- What rules and regulations your HOA allows
- How much your willing to spend
- The overall goal you hope to achieve with a specific roof
- The age and condition of your home
- Your home’s overall style and curb appeal
Florida’s most popular roofing types
1. Premium asphalt shingle roofs
While most people think that shingle roofs are the least ideal roof because they seem so “basic,” they’d be wrong. While it is possible to get affordable shingle roofing, premium asphalt shingle roofs are some of the most popular and best roofs for Florida. At Stay Dry Roofing, we offer GAF shingle roofs, which are considered the best shingle style roofing option you can buy. The quality of GAF shingle roofs is top-notch, but they also only allow select contractors to install them, meaning you are having your roof installed by seasoned professionals. Stay Dry Roofing is proud to be considered in GAF’s Master Elite Contractor list and able to provide this to our clients.
Shingle roofs are an excellent option for those seeking HOA compliance or who want a more subtle look. While they can come in a wide range of colors, the overall look of shingle roofs do not pull away from the style of your home or landscaping, making it a very versatile roofing type to choose.
A tile roof is a premium roofing option that can give your home a very specific look. These roofs are made of thick, heavy duty tiles that overlap each other. Because of this, they are a great roofing type for Florida heat and salty air. The tiles are able to withstand the weather and heat we have here while also providing your home with much needed ventilation. Additionally, the material the roof is made out of allows it to stand up to salty air, making it ideal for beachside homes.
On the other hand, these tile roofs can be expensive to install and are heavy. Your home will need to have a strong roofing foundation to be able to support a tile roof, so if you haven’t done much routine maintenance on your home’s roof, or aren’t sure about a house you’re purchasing, then it is suggested you speak with a roofing expert first.
3. Metal roofs
A metal roof is one of the strongest and most durable of all roofs. While a tile roof can stand up to a lot, a metal roof can withstand the same exposure without having to worry about any cracked tiles. And while most homeowners imagine a metal roof as just being a big sheet of shiny metal, these roofs can actually be designed and colored to look how you’d like. A metal roof also reflects sunlight, making it very energy efficient during the summer.
For those seeking a roof that will last them a lifetime, a metal roof is an excellent choice as it can last up to 50 years! However, the cost is usually higher and homeowners will need to check with their HOA, because many neighborhoods don’t approve of metal roofs within the community.
Stay Dry Roofing can help you decide on a new roof
Choosing a new roof can be a big decision because it is an investment in your home and often a large purchase. So having a trusted roofing contractor on your team can make all the difference. Stay Dry Roofing has been providing Tampa, FL residents helpful information on roofing types as well as quality construction of new roofs. Give our team a call today and we’ll walk you through the process with the same care and honesty that we would a member of our own family!