If you live in a home long enough, there will come a time when the roof will need to be replaced. If you are a south Florida homeowner, there are three primary choices you can select from when you need to reroof; those are asphalt shingles, tile, and metal. Each has its respective pros and cons; this article will help explore each in more depth to help you decide which is the best for you.
Most homeowners still have their roofs topped with asphalt shingles, and there are reasons for this, or one reason primarily, price. Of the three, shingles, tiles, and metal, shingles are the least expensive for replacing your roof. For example, an asphalt shingle roof replacement in Hollywood, FL, depending on the size of the house, can typically range from $10k-18k. Obviously, very large homes can be more.
Besides price, asphalt shingles hold up quite well to extreme weather, not as well as its competition, but well enough to survive most hurricanes. Dimensional shingles look pretty nice and come in a wide range of colors and shapes, allowing for creativity and easy color matching for the remainder of the home.
In south Florida, tile is extremely popular, as it complements the Floridian foliage quite well. In fact, many neighborhoods throughout the region exclusively use tile for roofing. In addition, tile is much more durable than shingles, and the lifespan on a tile roof doubles if not triples that of a shingle one. Tile roofing also affords much more protection against hurricane-force winds. When compared to shingles, the apparent downside is the cost factor; a tile roof replacement in Hollywood, FL, can range between $25-50k or more depending on the size of the home and the rarity of the tiles used. Tile also comes in various styles and colors, allowing creativity to flourish.
Last but not least, there is metal roofing. The trend in recent years has seen a sharp increase in homeowners opting to get a metal roof replacement in Hollywood, FL. Metal nowadays looks quite stylish and modern, and like tile, it is incredibly robust and holds up the best of all three vs. hurricane-force winds. Metal roofing is also fire resistant. There is also a pretty nice variety in the types of metal that can be used. Like tile, a metal roof is also relatively more expensive than shingles; metal is often priced similarly to tile. However, both metal and tile will increase the home's value, and both will almost ensure there will never be the need to re-roof again! When you consider never needing to pay for a new roof and the added home value, the higher price seems reasonable.
The advice would be to seek quotes from a professional roofing company near me for all three, assuming you have a budget. It is great to compare and see screenshots of what your house may look like with new roofing material.