Which Types of Roofs Are Not Recommended in Florida?

Florida weather is harsh on roofing. From hurricanes and tropical storms to intense heat and humidity, roofs often don’t last as long here as they might in milder climates. That’s why it’s not only important to keep up on your roof maintenance and repair, but also to choose the right kind of roof for the climate.

When you’re deciding which material would be the best option for replacing your roof, check out this list of roofing types to find out which are not recommended for Florida homes. Then call Winter Springs Roofing & Repair to talk about your options, get your questions answered and get started installing your new roof!

  • Shingles: Shingles, which can be made from metal or asphalt, are the most popular roofing type across the nation. They’re cost-effective, durable, come in a variety of colors and styles and can be easily fixed. Shingles are more prone to falling off during heavy storms, but they’re also easy to replace.
  • Clay tiles: Clay tiles are great for that Mediterranean look. These tiles are heavy, fire and rot resistant and tend to require a bit more maintenance than shingles. Clay tiles are more fragile than other roofing types, so you may want to leave walking on the roof to the professionals.
  • Concrete tiles: Concrete tiles are increasingly popular these days. They’re reinforced with fiber, so they’re extra durable, fire resistant and low maintenance. Concrete tiles can be made to look like clay tiles or wood shakes, too, but they’re far more durable and longer lasting.
  • Slate roofing: Slate is naturally water, rot and fire resistant and can stand up to hurricane-force wind and water. However, it’s heavier than other roofing types, yet still fragile (similar to clay tiles), so you’ll likely need to reinforce your roof and keep people from walking on it as much as possible. Slate also tends to be pricier than other options, especially shingles.
  • Metal roofs: Metal roofing isn’t limited to shingles. Traditional metal roofing remains a popular choice today, especially if you like the sound of all that Florida rain on your roof. It’s water, fire and rot resistant, although it will require periodic maintenance. Traditional metal roofing can be damaged by hail and debris, and it tends to be on the pricier side. However, it’s a durable choice, and it’s actually not as noisy as you might expect!
  • Wood shakes: Finally, wood shakes are coming back into style—but this is the least appropriate roofing for Florida weather. Wood easily burns and rots, which means you’ll spend a lot of time on maintenance and sealing your roof. Wood shakes have some upsides (environmentally friendly, affordable), but if you’re looking for a low-maintenance option, this is not it.

No matter what kinds of roofs you’re interested in for your Florida home, Winter Springs Roofing & Repair can help. Call us today to learn more about your options and schedule your consultation. We’d be glad to help you find a roof that fits into your lifestyle and budget.

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