To make it easier to choose a new roof material, always look at the following factors: longevity, durability, price, energy efficiency, and sustainability. Some features may take priority over others, but this is largely dependent on your personal preferences and lifestyle choices. For example, some people may put more stock in sustainability, while others look for material that will last the longest. We asked our roofing experts in Hollywood, FL their thoughts on the best roofing material. Follow this guide to make your final decision.
Asphalt shingles are the most popular material among homeowners. Now let’s see where they rank in terms of the five major factors.
Longevity: When you install shingles made from asphalt, they can last up to 30 years with good maintenance. This includes basic roof maintenance from a professional, like the team at J&K Roofing, and annual inspections. Without proper maintenance, they may only last up to 15 years. The longevity of asphalt shingles also depends on quality.
Durability: The quality of asphalt shingles has an extremely wide range. Ultimately, choosing low-quality asphalt shingles will affect the durability of the material, whereas high-quality asphalt can be extremely durable. You can determine durability by checking the shingles’ hail rating. Class 4 is the best rating and means it’s extremely durable. If you don’t see a rating, it’s probably because it’s low.
Price: It’s considered one of the most affordable materials to buy which is one reason it’s so popular among homeowners.
Unfortunately, it does not meet the mark in terms of energy efficiency and sustainability.
Wood Shingles And Shakes
A less common material is wood, which is why you may not see a lot of homes with wooden shingles and shakes. However, they can last up to 50 years with proper maintenance. They are both durable, but shakes are considered more durable than shingles. Although durable, wood is not recommended in wet and humid areas or areas prone to fires. As a result, it may not be a viable option for South Florida residents. They are energy efficient and sustainable, far surpassing asphalt in these areas, but they’re difficult to maintain.
This material has grown in popularity over the last decade or so. Just like wood, metal can last up to 50 years. Unlike wood, they are far more durable and resistant to the elements. They’re easy to maintain and energy-efficient, acting as a natural insulator that will keep your home cool. Every homeowner in South Florida will benefit from this characteristic. Furthermore, they release no carbon emissions to be created, as most are made from recycled materials. When it has reached the end of its lifespan, your metal roof is 100% recyclable. The only downside is the upfront cost, which is higher than most materials. However, some homeowners may say its energy efficiency makes up for the high upfront cost.
Clay tiles are appreciated for their brilliant color and Spanish style. In terms of longevity, you can’t find another roofing material that competes. With proper maintenance, they can last up to 100 years. They are also extremely durable, as they’re weather-resistant, withstanding heavy rain and winds over 150 mph.
Clay is also energy efficient. Much like metal, it will keep your home cool even with broiling temperatures outside. Another characteristic this material shares with metal is it’s sustainable and made only from earth minerals. Environmentally conscious people will appreciate knowing that, once removed, it can be recycled.
If affordability is important, here is where clay falters. It costs a lot upfront and unlike metal, it isn’t lightweight, so it’s difficult to install. As a result, it will cost more when hiring roofing experts in Hollywood, FL to install it because you will need additional material underneath as reinforcement.
Contact J&K Roofing
Now you know the most important factors to look for when purchasing shingles roofs in Hollywood, FL. Additionally, you know what materials meet the mark in some categories and falter in others. No matter what material you buy, proper maintenance is key. Contact our team for your residential roofing needs. Our roofing experts in Hollywood, FL will perform necessary maintenance throughout the year. Call (954) 961-9879 for a free quote.