There are many factors that go into choosing the ideal roofing material for your preferences and local climate. If you’re considering switching to a different roofing material for your upcoming roof replacement, your roofing company will take the following factors into consideration before recommending materials:
The roof slope is basically the angle of your roof. Unless your re-roofing project includes rebuilding the roof deck itself, the slope is the biggest factor that determines which materials can be installed on your roof. Roofing materials like asphalt shingles are more effective on medium- to steep-slope roofs, while metal roofs work in almost any slope. Slate, on the other hand, is most effective on steep slopes.
Low-slope or “flat” roofs, more often used on commercial properties, work best with membrane roofing. Roofs with a steep slope are more visible from the ground, and can significantly boost your home’s curb appeal with the right material.
Roofing materials like slate and tile are much heavier than asphalt shingles, metal or wood shakes. So if you’re switching from light to heavy materials, make sure your existing roof can bear the added weight. Otherwise, your roof deck will have to be modified first, which is not a problem with professional roofers. If you’re after a specific look but you’re concerned about the weight, consider GAF Timberline® and Designer® Shingles, with options that mimic heavier material like slate and wood shakes.
Certain home styles will look out of place with certain roofing materials. For example, Spanish architecture requires clay tiles, while Queen Anne architecture works well with wood shake roofing. GAF’s architectural shingle options feature a layered look that works with most traditional styles. Plus, you get the benefits of a GAF Lifetime Roofing System.
Not all roofing systems have the same lifespan. If you plan to stay in your home for good, roof repair and longevity are important considerations. Some asphalt shingles have an impressively long lifespan and solid warranty coverage, like GAF’s wide selection of asphalt shingle options. Plus, the Golden Pledge® Warranty covers up to 50 years material warranty and 25 years on workmanship.
Call Arry’s Roofing today at (727) 938-9565 or fill out our contact form to schedule a free roofing estimate. We serve many areas in and near Tampa, FL.