Most people select shingle roofing for their homes because of the cost. Once you’ve decided to go with a shingle roof for your home, it’s time to decide exactly what type of shingle. What are the best shingles for Florida roofs? It depends on a few factors.
The two most common types of shingles for Florida roofs are single-layer 3-tab shingle roofs and architecturally layered asphalt shingle roofs. To help you select the best roof for your home, let’s go over what you need to know about the best shingles for Florida roofs.
How do roof shingles in Florida differ from those in other states?
Florida’s consistent rainfall and storms can cause a lot of damage to roofs and shingles. If you’re new to Florida you may be surprised that the rainy season goes beyond summer. And if you’ve been in Florida a while you’ve experienced a hurricane or two. These harsh weather conditions can significantly reduce the lifespan of roof shingles.
Besides these weather conditions, there are also regulations that are specific to the state of Florida. One of these requirements is that all roofing materials in Florida must be algae-resistant. Selecting algae-resistant shingles, and quality shingles will ensure your roof lasts longer.
Common for many homes, 3-tab shingles are light and flat. They are light enough to be installed on almost any roof without any additional structural strengthening. These shingles are one of the most budget-friendly options for Florida roofs, but there are major drawbacks.
Pros and Cons of 3-tab shingles
These shingles are more unlikely to lift in harsh winds. There are limits to how far these shingles can give. Compared to architectural shingles, 3-tab shingles are much less resistant to wind uplift. We do not recommend these type of shingles because they do not hold up well in high winds, especially severe weather of any kind. We offer heavier, thicker shingles instead.
Architectural shingles are the most popular roofing material in Florida. While these shingles are a bit more expensive compared to 3-tab shingles, they offer the best protection for Florida roofs.
Architectural shingles have a significantly longer life expectancy than 3-tab shingles. Architectural shingles usually last 25 to 30 years. Our team will install your shingles with the utmost care, helping to ensure they last as long as possible. Proper maintenance is important too.
Pros and Cons of Architectural shingles
Architectural shingles consist of two layers and require more material to manufacture. With more material comes more protection. They’re a more effective barrier against rain and hail compared to 3-tab shingles. Additionally, architectural shingles are also far less likely to blow away in a storm because they’re made in one piece — unlike 3-tab shingles.
Aside from their functionality, architectural shingles are also popular because of their appearance. The thicker, three-dimensional profile is more pleasing and attractive.
Architectural shingles don’t have any glaring flaws, although their higher profile can make them more susceptible to wind uplift on low-slope roofs. Additionally, some roof structures cannot handle the additional weight. It is best to have an experienced roofer take a closer look at your home to make the proper recommendation. Personalized recommendations are among the many services we love to provide.
Why is it Important to Select the Right Roofer?
Shingles have to be correctly and adequately installed to be most effective. Our team prides itself on our quality workmanship. We want your home to be protected. Your roof is the key to a secure and healthy home.
As Florida’s highest-rated roofer, our team is expertly trained. Honesty, Integrity, Quality, and Generosity are our guiding principles. You can rest easy knowing your roof is installed with the utmost care.
Besides choosing the proper type of shingles for your Florida roof, and the right roofer, conducting regular checks and proper maintenance will ensure a small problem doesn’t turn into a big problem. Our team will walk you through everything you need to know about your new roof.
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