When it comes to your home, whether it is new construction or a maintenance situation, you have choices in building materials. To some extent, your choice is dependent on where you live. Here in Miami, and South Florida in general, one important consideration is roofing material.
We aren’t plagued with snow piling up like our friends up north, but we do have to deal with extreme summer heat and hurricanes. Certain types of roofs are best suited for our particular environment.
Best Roofing Material for the Miami Area
Your choice depends on your personal preferences, budget, your home’s architectural style and of course your neighborhood association if that applies. Here are some types to consider.
- Asphalt shingles are the most popular choice for many good reasons. They are durable, affordable and available in a wide range of styles and colors. If you choose these shingles, specify that your contractor uses shingles that prevent black algae.
- Metal roofing costs more than asphalt shingles but it does have its benefits. It lasts much longer and is fire-resistant. Metal isn’t just for commercial properties anymore; more styles and colors are available than ever.
- Slate tile is a good choice if you have deep pockets and are looking for a Mediterranean or Spanish architecture style. A major benefit is that slate is a cool roofing product for hot climates like ours. Slate is heavy, so ensure that your home can handle it.
- Terra cotta tiles are also very popular in South Florida and for good reason — they are very long lasting with minimal maintenance, they evoke a tropical style, and the lighter colors do not retain much heat. Like slate, Terra cotta tiles are heavy.
- Photovoltaic or PV roof shingles are a relatively new innovation but they are well worth looking into. With the amount of sunshine we get, why not take advantage of it? Today’s photovoltaic shingles look like traditional shingles, unlike older solar panels, so aesthetics is hardly an issue.
- Thermoplastic membrane roofing is a good choice for roofs with a flatter pitch. It generally comes in rolls for easy installation. Some benefits are that it is lightweight, very durable and reflective. This reflective aspect keeps the harsh sun at bay.
For more information on the types of roofs that are right for your home in the Miami area, contact the roofing experts at A-1 Property Services, a GAF MasterElite Roofing Contractor.