Roofs and shingles in Florida are worn off quickly because of the harsh weather conditions as the region witnesses regular storms and rainfall. You should employ an experienced contractor so that the roofs are properly installed and are effective for a longer time. It is wise to invest in a good quality shingles for Florida roofs that will last long in the harsh weather conditions.
Majority of the shingles available in the market are asphalt fiberglass shingles. It’s because the fiberglass met in the shingle provides it strength and resistance to corrosion. Asphalt shingles used in Florida include architectural and 3-tab shingles. Both these shingles are popular because of their durability. 3-tab shingles are the most basic shingles made up of a single layer of fiberglass. Architectural shingles are also known as laminated or dimensional shingles and are one of the highest quality roofing shingles available in the market. They are composed of heavy fiberglass base and mineral granules that have a ceramic coating. Both the fiberglass and mineral granules are embedded in asphalt. The falling price of architectural shingles are making them a hit among homeowners in Florida.
Architectural shingles are more likely to stay in the advent of a storm as they are in one piece. The 3-tab shingles tend to get blown away in heavy winds. 3-tab shingles are said to last for 15-20 years whereas architectural shingles stay strong for up to 30 years. Asphalt shingles are also resistant to water, cold, and fire.
Apart from architectural and 3-tab shingles, metal and concrete roofs are common across Florida. However, both these options are more expensive than shingles. Additionally, concrete roofs require the help of an engineer who inspects the building frame to determine whether it can support the weight of the heavy concrete roof.
In some parts of Florida fake slate roofing shingles are used. These shingles have the same weight as asphalt and consist of polymers, rubber, clay or asphalt. Fake slate weighs as much as asphalt and is less expensive than actual slate.
An important consideration while installing shingles in Florida is that they should be resistant to algae. The blue green algae growth in asphalt shingles across the region look unsightly and so a small amount of copper is added to the shingle in order to prevent the growth of algae. Most shingles available in the market have their granular surfaces treated with copper.
For every homeowner in Florida getting a new roof is a valuable installment. Choosing the right roofing shingle will not only impact the budget but also the lifespan of your roof. As discussed earlier, the most commonly used roofing materials in Florida are asphalt shingles. Also, asphalt shingles are available in a variety of colors and one should select a shingle profile that suits the architecture of the house. If one wants the home to blend with the surroundings then it is good to choose shingles with earthy tones such as brown and grey. If the home is traditional, monochromatic shingles are a good choice.
It is wise to invest in a good quality shingle although it may be slightly expensive because it will help in increasing the life of the roof considerably. Also, one needs to be careful about the warranty of the shingles. Most shingles come with a warranty that covers the full cost of materials and installation for a duration of around 50 years for fake slate shingles and around 10 years for asphalt shingles. However, not many warranties cover the damage caused by winds with a velocity of more than 85 mph.
So, what are you waiting for? Follow these tips to choose the best shingle for your Florida roofs.