Energy-efficient appliances and automobiles have been all the rage for over 15 years, but your eco-friendly options don’t stop there with new green roofing products continuing to hit the market.

Environmental consciousness and green initiatives have been increasingly common issues in today’s modern world. The push to become more accountable for our actions and better caretakers of the planet has led to a boom in greener roofing options too. Going green doesn’t mean that you have to break the bank or sacrifice on curb appeal, though. Here are four options that can help you and your roof to be more environmentally conscious.

Recycled Shingles

In school, most of us learned the Three Rs: Reduce, Reuse & Recycle. By selecting recycle shingles, you are checking off all three of these at once! Not only are they cheaper and offer an up-to 50-year lifespan, but recycled shingles can be re-recycled when your home is in need of a new roof, itself. The materials can range from plastic, rubber, or wood; and while some recycle shingles come from other homes, others come from recycling facilities. By choosing recycled shingles, you’re reducing the use of raw materials while reusing and recycling ones that are still completely viable!

Rubber Shingles

This one may not be the most popular, but it’s still a roofing option that is worth taking a look at. Rubber shingles are usually made from salvaged tires, so you don’t need to be concerned with the harvesting of rubber trees. Durable and resilient to the elements, rubber shingles have a lifespan similar to that of other shingles. It’s more of a specialty item, so consult with your roofer to check on their availability in your area.

Metal Roofing

In the hot, Florida sun you’re probably thinking that metal roofing would turn your home into a toaster oven, but that’s not the case! In addition to lasting as long as recycled shingles, metal roofing materials can also be reused and/or recycled at the end of its life on your home. Incredibly efficient at insulating your home from heat, metal roofing is fire-resistant and good for collecting rainwater. Interested in going even greener and installing solar panels? Metal roofing is a stupendous choice for that too!

Reclaimed Slate and Clay Tiling

These may be a little bit harder to come by because slate and clay tiles aren’t commonly removed in the gentlest of ways from their previous homes. However, if you can get your hands on enough of them, slate and clay tiles are both natural and very aesthetically pleasing option when it comes to green roofing materials. If they’re in good shape, slate and clay tiling can last the life of your home and beyond, too! They tend to be more expensive than the other options, but finding a place for them on your home rather than in a landfill means that they won’t cause further harm to the environment and they’ll get a second-lease on life with your home!

There are a host of options in the green roofing product category today. Not all of them are for the faint of heart, but if you have a genuine interest in helping the environment and want to think outside of the box a bit, then these green roofing options are absolutely worth a long, hard look.

Want to learn more about green roofing options on the market today? Are you ready to start making up your mind, or do would you like to get a bit more input from a local, friendly roofing pro? Either way, contact us today and we’ll get you sorted!

It’s no secret to anyone: roofs in Florida take a beating worse than the Miami Dolphins have to start the 2019 NFL season. Harsh weather conditions from regular storms and massive amounts of rainfall contribute to the general wear and tear that your shingled roof experiences year-in and year-out. Add in the fact that hurricane season is in full-swing, and you’ve likely got many worries concerning the health, durability and overall status of your roof.

Whether you’re planning on getting a new roof after hurricane season passes, or deciding what to use on your new construction, we’re here to the 411 on what’s available to you and how you can make an informed and educated decision going forward.

Though there are a few varieties of roofing shingles available on the market today, the majority of those available are asphalt, fiberglass shingles. The fiberglass present in these shingles is there to provide strength and resistance against corrosion – two very important things that your roof will need in Florida’s harsh weather conditions. Diving in further, we note that asphalt shingles are broken into two different types: architectural and 3-tab. Both these shingles are popular because of their durability, but offer different degrees of durability individually. The most basic shingles on the market, 3-tab, are made up of a single layer of fiberglass. Architectural shingles, also known as laminated or dimensional shingles, are one of the highest quality roofing shingles available on the market today. As far as similarities go, they are both manufactured with heavy fiberglass base and mineral granules that have a ceramic coating and both the fiberglass and mineral granules are embedded within asphalt of the shingle; but what is it that makes these two different from one another?

3-Tab Shingles

The more cost-conscious option, 3-tab shingles typically last about 15-20 years. They are resistant to water, cold (not that we get much of that here) and fire. The draw-back to 3-tab shingles is that they are more susceptible to getting blown away by heavy winds, so they can create a bit of a liability when it comes to hurricane season. At a cost of about $0.75-0.90 per square foot, a bundle of 3-tab shingles will run you about $25-30 and will cover an area of about 33 square feet. Lighter in weight and lower in profile, 3-tab shingles are the most common type of shingles that you see on homes today.

Architectural/Laminated Shingles

Architectural shingles are the slightly more expensive option in asphalt shingles and typically stay strong for up to 30 years. Also resistant to water, cold, and fire; architectural shingles are more durable and resilient against high winds – ideal for Florida’s weather! Their strength is credited to them being about 50% thicker and heavier than the 3-tab shingle variety. Architectural shingles are also manufactured using better quality materials too: finer quality asphalt, stronger adhesives, more top surface granules and a sturdier base mat. Architectural shingles also have a bit of a three dimensional look, as their tabs aren’t all the same shape; as is the case with 3-tab shingles. Running about $1.2-1.8 per square foot or $35-45 per bundle, they are about 40-50% more expensive than 3-tab shingles, with some high-end, designer varieties coming in at upwards of $1.9-2.5 per square foot. Although still more expensive, their falling in price over the past few years has made architectural shingles a big hit among homeowners in Florida.

Be Aware of Algae

When the word “algae” comes to mind, you likely think about a dirty fish tank. It’s important to note, however, that before you purchase and install any shingles on your roof in Florida that they should be resistant to algae. Dangerous and harmful, blue green algae growth in asphalt shingles can leave your roof looking rather unsightly; the last thing you want after you just dropped a pretty penny on making it look nice again! To counter this, a small amount of copper is added to the shingle in order to prevent the growth of algae. The majority of shingles on the market have their granular surfaces treated with copper, but it’s still a good idea to check with your contractor beforehand to ensure that you and your roof are covered before installation begins.

Something for Everyone

Gone are the days of asphalt shingles only coming in one color: black. Available in a variety of colors, it’s now possible to select shingles that will can reflect and blend into your home’s surroundings; as well as compliment the architectural features of your home. In an economy where many are still focused on the bottom-line, it is still exceedingly important to invest your money where it counts and what counts more than the roof you have over your head at night? Good, quality shingles may be a bit more expensive than you had envisioned, but think about what they will be protecting: your home and more importantly, your family. Make sure to also check warranty information prior to purchase, as most asphalt shingles will come with somewhere around a 10-year warranty. The only rub here is that not many warranties cover damage caused by winds with a velocity of more than 85 mph.

Ready to start making up your mind, or do would you like to get a bit more input from a local, friendly roofing pro? Either way, contact us today and we’ll get you sorted!

Growth on Your Roof is More than a Cosmetic Problem

It’s the color of spring, the color of environmental awareness, and the color of money, but no matter how much you like green, you don’t want to see it on your roof. If you’ve got a little green haze appearing up top, some timely maintenance can keep this problem from growing. If your roof is starting to look like the verdant hills of Ireland, you’ve got a big problem. 

Moss, algae, fungus, and lichens can all take hold on your roof shingles, causing aesthetic and structural problems. Here in coastal Florida, our humidity and frequent storms can really cause a lot of growth, but the experts at Coastal Roofing Pros are here to help. Read on for the 411 on why you always want to keep the green stuff off your roof! 

Moss Overgrowth on Roof
Hopefully your roof doesn’t look anything like this! Even if you’ve just got a little bit of green, your roof needs attention.

What Is This Green Stuff On My Roof?

  • Moss – Mosses are small flowerless plants that thrive in shady, damp environments. They lack roots, and reproduce by means of spores. 
  • Algae – You might not realize that the commonly heard term “Algae” is actually the plural form of “Alga”. An alga is a simple, nonflowering, plant that is typically found in aquatic settings. Like moss, algae lacks roots and vascular tissue..
  • Fungus – A fungus is any one of over 140,000 species that includes microorganisms such as molds and yeasts as well as larger organisms like mushrooms. 
  • Lichens – A lichen is a composite organism that comes into being when algae lives among fungi species. The combined lichen organism is different from the individual component organisms, and can come in many colors and forms.  

Algae, fungus, and lichens can be green, but they can also manifest in different colors, including shades of black and brown The most common organism that turns your roof green is moss.

Moss is the most common cause of green growth on your roof, and it can damage your shingles.
Green moss on the roof closeup

Is it All Bad for My Roof?

It’s never a good idea to let organisms of any form grow on your shingles. Unless you love a mottled, streaky look, any type of growth can adversely affect the appearance of your home. And any organism growing on your roof can hold in some level of excess moisture, which is never a good thing. If you’re looking for the real bad guy when it comes to a green roof, however, the worst villain is moss. 

 But it Looks So Pretty in the Forest

If you’ve ever been on a hike and stumbled upon a lush patch of emerald carpet, you know that moss can be a stunning example of nature’s artistic hand at work. But let it loose on your roof, and you’re in for nothing but trouble. Moss thrives in damp, shady areas, and when it grows, it holds increasing amounts of moisture against your roof. This leads to a premature breakdown of your shingles, and can allow the moss to infiltrate the structure of the shingle itself. If left unchecked, moss can completely colonize your roof. 

A buildup of moss, leaves, and yard debris has colonized this roof.
This roof needs to be replaced immediately. Moss, debris, and other plant life have taken over & compromised the structure.

How Can I Prevent a Mossy Roof Disaster?

The most important way to prevent moss buildup on your roof is to trim overhanging trees. Although our Florida climate provides lots of moisture in the form of rain and humidity, it also gives us plenty of sunshine. Although constant sun exposure can also prematurely age your roof, it’s always a good idea to make sure each section gets at least some bright sunlight. Trimming branches and removing any organic debris such as leaves and branches from your roof will help eliminate moss-friendly conditions. Installing metal flashing also helps prevent moss buildup, as the mineralized runoff from the metal surface inhibits moss growth. 

Call the Pros for Advice

If you’ve got a moss problem on your roof, call Chicago Roofing Expert for help. We can help you assess the situation and determine your best course of action. We may be able to clean the roof with a gentle process that kills the moss without damaging the roof structure, or we may recommend more serious repairs or replacement. No matter what, you can always count on us for an honest assessment and a fair estimate. Give us a call today for a free inspection and expert opinion!

standing seam aluminum roof

Homeowners May Be Surprised By the Superior Wind and Water Resistance of Metal

When it comes to the roof over your head, you’ve got lots of options. But if wind and rain are big concerns (hello hurricane season!), metal roofing is an option you should strongly consider. Modern standing seam metal roofs are aesthetically attractive and ultra-functional for coastal areas. And due to the way metal roofing panels are constructed and installed, metal roofs are highly resistant to wind damage.

standing seam aluminum roof
Standing seam metal roofing panels run continuously from eave to ridge.

Get Prepared for The Big One

Hurricanes threaten coastal homes every year.

Here in the Panhandle, we know how devastating a hurricane can be. When hurricane season rolls around every year, we all live with the anxiety of wondering, “will the big one hit this year?” But enjoying the salt life doesn’t have to mean extra stress and worry. Thinking carefully about the materials and installation methods you use on your home, plus hiring a knowledgeable and experienced contractor, can save help you save big in the long run, and offer peace of mind during storm season.

Metal Roofs Offer Advantages

Increasingly, many homeowners are turning to metal roofing systems to address concerns about wind and water damage. The Metal Roofing Alliance offers insight into the trend on their website:

Experts say that’s a smart move, given the strong performance of metal roofs during severe storms. Many metal roofing systems can withstand winds in excess of 140-mph (equal to a F2 tornado) and provide protection against impact damage from large hailstones and debris. Metal roofs also are nearly impenetrable to moisture and leaks, making them a durable choice in areas that suffer heavy rainfall and downpours.

“Metal Roofing Helps Homeowners Get Battle-Ready For 2018 Hurricane Season.” Metal Roofing Alliance.

Continuous Pieces Offer Structural Integrity

Unlike other forms of roofing (shingles, tile, or shake), vertical seam metal roofs are installed with a continuous piece that protects the structure. Because it extends from the lowest part of the roof (eave) to the highest (ridge), the continuous panel minimizes the possibility for wind and precipitation penetration. This makes a properly installed metal roof the closest thing to “hurricane proof” in the business.

Lessons From Hurricane Michael

In recent hurricane seasons, we’ve seen the extreme wind resistance of a metal roof in action throughout Florida. Time and again we see areas that have been hit hard, and although many of the shingle and tile roofs are damaged or completely destroyed, the wind resistant metal roofs are standing strong. The New York Times even documented this phenomenon after Hurricane Michael hit Mexico Beach in 2018. Though the town suffered incredible damages in that storm, one house–nicknamed “The Sand Palace”–stood relatively unscathed amid the debris. It had been constructed with the best materials and methods for hurricane resistance, and from it’s concrete walls to it’s standing seam metal roof, “The Sand Palace” had survived the big one.

New Building Codes in Some Areas Mandate Stronger Materials

Governments agencies, from FEMA on down to the local level , are recognizing the benefits of hurricane-resistant roofing options like metal. In the aftermath of recent storms, many counties across Florida are enacting tougher building codes. Here at Coastal Roofing Pros, we’re experts in dealing with these types of issues, and we can offer roofing solutions that meet the strictest building codes.

Steep pitch metal roofs on beach cottages
Steeply pitched metal roofs adorn these beach cottages.

Coastal Roofing Pros Has the Expertise You Need

For more information about metal roofing, including options for materials and installation, check out our Metal Roofing Guide. If you’re ready for a new roof, we’d love to come out and give you a free estimate. Our expert contractors can talk you through the choices and help you choose the best roof for your home and your budget.  Give us a call today to book an appointment!

Hail damage on roof

From the Obvious to the Not-So-Obvious, These 10 Things Are Telling You to Call a Roofer

At Coastal Roofing Pros, we’ve got a lot of local experience here in central and coastal Florida. So we know what to look for when we’re assessing the condition of a roof. Our humid climate, intense sun, and severe storms can do a number on a roof, so we recommend checking your home twice a year for indications of damage or wear-and-tear. Read on for a good sense of what to look for, but if you want an expert opinion, we’re happy to come out and give you and honest, no-pressure assessment.



We know, we know. This one is REALLY obvious. But we’d be remiss if we didn’t say that water leaking into your home is a definite reason to call a roofing contractor ASAP! If you do have a leak, take steps to minimize water damage as quickly as you can. If it’s a slow drip, a bucket under the leak might do the trick until you can get a roofing contractor out to your house. (Pro tip – Coastal Roofing Pros places a priority on fast response times and same-day appointments whenever possible.) If the leak is substantial, call us right away – we are always available to come do a quick tarp job in cases of emergency.


Take a trip up to your attic on a sunny day and check for any signs of light coming through. If you can see daylight, you’ve got a leak! Also check your attic ceiling and rafters for stains, streaks, and water marks.


Pull out your installation paperwork and verify the installation date and the warranty term. If your roof is over 15 years old, or you are coming up on the end of your warranty period, you might want to start thinking about replacement.


Check the exterior of your roof for buckling, curling, or cracking shingles. A happy and well-functioning shingle lies flat. Tiny divots or holes are usually signs of hail damage. These should also be checked by a licensed roofing contractor.

Check for curling and cracking roof shingles.
Curling roof shingles are a sure sign of trouble.


Flashing is the sealer that helps keep water out wherever the roof has joints or meets another part of the house. If that flashing is cracked or damaged, you’ve got problems. Your roofer may be able to repair the flashing without involving the roof if you catch the problem quickly.


If your roof is drooping or sagging, you’ve probably got an issue with rot. This needs attention right away!


You don’t want to see any of this green stuff on your roof, as it’s a sign of excess moisture and possible mold. You should keep your roof clear of moss, algae, and other plant life to ensure optimal roof health.

Moss and algae are signs of excess moisture issues on the roof.
Even the best green thumb gardener should avoid growing plants on the roof.


If you’ve got asphalt shingles, beware of bald spots where the granules have disappeared. Bald shingles will not offer the protection your home needs, and are more likely to suffer damage in storms and wind.


If your energy bills seem excessive, your aging roof may be a contributor. An old roof loses some of its insulating properties, increasing the load on your HVAC system.


If you live in a subdivision with homes that were built in the same time frame, keep an eye on your neighbors. If you see a pattern of new roofs popping up, it might be time to take a harder look at yours. Your neighbors’ homes will have experienced the same weather patterns and aging process as yours, so it’s reasonable to expect your roof to age similarly.

Coastal Roofing Pros Is Here For You

We’re here for you at every step in the process, from the inspection and assessment to the final install. Contact us today to find out more about our roofing options in central and coastal Florida. Coastal Roofing Pros promises to deliver quality workmanship and reliable service with every roofing job!

Row of Architectural Shingle Roofs

Get the scoop on the most popular roofing choice in America

Asphalt shingles are economical, durable, attractive, and widely available in a variety of styles. Easily today’s most popular roofing option, they boast a guaranteed life span that makes them a great value for any homeowner. Although there are many manufacturers in the asphalt shingle market, GAF, CertainTeed, and Owens Corning are three of the biggest players. 

Depending on your location and the style of your home, you’re probably already living under an asphalt roof. From cozy historic bungalows to sleek modern havens to grand country estates, asphalt shingles are everywhere. But just because you see them on the daily, you might not know all the facts about this ubiquitous roofing choice. If you’re in the market for a new roof, read on to get all the 411 on asphalt shingles for residential homes. 


Many people don’t realize that asphalt shingles come in fiberglass and organic options. With a higher fire rating, lighter weight, and longer warranty, fiberglass is the most popular option. Fiberglass shingles start with a fiberglass base mat, then layer on a waterproof asphalt coating, and finally add ceramic granules for UV protection. Although they are relatively new (they were developed in the 1980s), fiberglass asphalt shingles have virtually taken over the market in the United States. 

The old style of organic asphalt shingles are created from recycled felt paper that has been saturated in waterproof asphalt, then coated with adhesive asphalt with embedded ceramic granules. This process uses up to 40% more asphalt than fiberglass options, which makes these shingles thicker, heavier, and more expensive. All that extra asphalt makes the shingles rugged and flexible, but it can also cause warping over time.


Whether they are fiberglass- or organic-based, asphalt shingles typically measure 12 by 36 inches. There are two main types: three-tab and architectural. Three-tab shingles have tabs along the bottom and a flat, single-dimensional appearance. They are a popular and budget-friendly option.

Architectural asphalt shingles contain no cutouts, but their lower portions are laminated with an additional asphalt layer. This creates a more three-dimensional look with shadows and depth. Architectural shingles are generally more durable and more waterproof, but they are not recommended for low- or no-slope roofs. 


Architectural shingles in a mix of weathered brown shades mimic a wood shake roof.

Architectural shingles come in a wide variety of shades and shapes. From pale grays to dark black, green, or even blue and orange, there’s a color for every style and taste. Some architectural shingles convincingly mimic slate, wood shake, and tile. If you have a Victorian style home, you might consider a scalloped-edge option. Not sure what will look best with your home? Many of the major manufacturers have design tools on their websites that will help you visualize the options—sometimes even on an uploaded photo of your own home. And our Coastal Roofing Pros staff is always here to help! 


Algae can form on roof shingles.
High moisture levels can cause algae to grow more quickly on shingles.

In addition to shape and color, you have a few other options to consider when choosing an architectural shingle. Many brands offer energy-conscious “cool-roof” technology to reduce heat absorption. Here in the Sunshine State, this can be a big deal—a 20% reduction in heat absorption can seriously impact your cooling bills! Another choice that makes sense for homeowners in Florida is algae-resistant shingles. These shingles are made to endure the types of humidity and moisture we see for a large part of the year. 

When it comes time to finalize your choices, our roofing professionals can help you choose right roof for your home. We’ll consider style, budget, and environmental factors to deliver the best roof every time. Give us a call to talk about roofing options today!