Shingles, and Tile, and Slate, Oh My!
By Janney Roofing
If you are thinking about replacing your roof, there is a wide range of possibilities available through Orlando roofing companies. When choosing the roofing materials for your Orlando home, there are several factors to consider, such as the life span of the various materials, the effect the materials have on heating and cooling your home and your budget. The most common roofing materials used by Janney Roofing include asphalt shingles, clay tile and slate; each has its own benefits and drawbacks, so the trick is to review the options to pinpoint the best options for your home.
Asphalt shingles are the most commonly used materials by Orlando roofers. This type of roofing material is usually the least expensive option as well as the easiest to maintain. Shingles installed by Orlando roofers have a low installation cost, required very little maintenance and will provide protection for your home for about 10-15 years. Asphalt shingles can be easily damaged, especially in high winds, which can cause the shingles to rip or even blow off. This type of roofing material has also been known to crack and/or curl in high heat, which over time can deteriorate the effectiveness of the roof.
Slate is an excellent option for those who are looking for an environmentally friendly roof. Janney Roofing offers slate roofing materials in a wide variety of colors and hues and it will provide a custom look to your home, because each piece of slate is different than the other. It is extremely durable, water resistant, fire resistant and stain resistant; however, it is also one of the most expensive options for roofing materials. One of the best benefits of slate is that unlike asphalt shingles that will need to be replaced about every 10 years, slate can last 100 years or more, so it is cost effective. Another disadvantage of using slate roofing materials is the weight. Slate is extremely heavy, so it should only be installed on a structure that can handle the weight and it should only be installed by licensed roofers in Orlando, such as Janney Roofing.
Like slate, clay tile is commonly chosen for its appearance. Tile is a natural substance that will not burn and it isn’t affected by the elements or insects, as would some materials, such as cedar shake. However, clay tile is also extremely heavy, so it is important to only install it on a structure that is durable enough to withstand the weight. Clay tile is also one of the most expensive types of roofing materials, but replacing your roof with clay tiles, it may help to increase the resale value of the home. The tiles are very fragile, so may crack or break if walked on, which can make regular maintenance, such as cleaning the gutters a difficult task. It is also common for the color of the tiles to fade over time. The average length of time for clay tile roofs is about 50 years.
The roof of your home is probably visible from the street, so the appearance of the roofing materials will also affect the overall look of your home. So, it is important to choose roofing materials that are compatible with your home’s style and exterior finish. It is recommended that you consult with experienced Orlando roofers, such as Janney Roofing, to help you choose the best roofing materials for your home as well as your budget.