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Let Coastal Roofing Pros Help You Pick the Best Roofing Material For Your New Roof

A roof has long been a powerful symbol of shelter and security; protection from the elements is one of the most basic human needs. Whether it has been damaged in a storm or is just reaching the end of its life, replacing your roof is a big commitment. Seek out an experienced local roofing contractor who can deliver quality workmanship, and choose your roofing materials wisely. With a little research and a great roofing contractor like Coastal Roofing Pros, you’ll have a new roof that looks good (and keeps you safe and dry!) for decades to come. 

When selecting roofing materials for coastal and central Florida, consider these 5 factors: 

  • Weight – Heavy roofing materials such as slate and clay may require special framing. 
  • Aesthetics – Does the material complement your home style? Is it available in the colors you’re looking for? If you’re looking for insulation from the hot Florida sun, you may want to consider more reflective lighter colors. 
  • Codes and Regulations – Check your local fire codes and any neighborhood or historic district design covenants. It pays to make sure your choices don’t run afoul of the regulations before you start installing.
  • Weather – Does this material offer good performance in the humid coastal weather conditions here in sunny Florida? In the Sunshine State, our bright sunlight can age certain roofing materials more quickly. Wind ratings are also important due to the threat of hurricanes. 
  • Cost – Consider expected life span, warranty, and any expected maintenance issues when comparing the cost of various options. 

Now that you know what to think about, let’s go over some of the most popular roofing choices. 

Asphalt Shingles

Economical and highly functional, asphalt shingles are the most common residential roofing material used in the United States. They come in a wide variety of colors, and most roofing manufacturers offer several different styles to choose from. Asphalt shingle roofs typically last 20-30 years.

Things to consider: Asphalt tiles come in a wide variety of styles and fit many budgets. On the lower end of the budget spectrum, asphalt shingles can look flat; higher end options have a thicker layer of mineral granules that give a more dimensional appearance. Some asphalt shingles do not offer as much insulation as other materials, and the quality varies. Here in hurricane country, wind ratings are important. Coastal Roofing Pros has a tremendous amount of experience in central and southern Florida. Let us help you choose an asphalt shingle that will stand up to our coastal climate and inevitable storms. 

Asphalt Shingles are a popular roofing choice
Asphalt shingles are the most popular choice for homes across America.

Clay Tiles

Tile roofs are classic and elegant choices, especially for Mediterranean and Spanish style homes. These highly textured roofs are extremely durable, non-combustible, and undeniably beautiful. A tile roof will typically last 40-50 years. 

Things to consider: All that beauty and durability comes with a price. Clay tiles can be very expensive, and their heavy weight may require framing modifications and a specially trained installer. 

Tile Roof on Mediterranean Style home
Terracotta tile roofs work well with Mediterranean style homes.

Concrete Tiles

Concrete tiles are similar to genuine clay tiles, but they are slightly less expensive and not quite as heavy. Durable and non-combustible, concrete tiles are also energy efficient with good insulating properties. 

Things to consider: Though slightly less than clay, concrete tiles are still expensive and heavy. Be prepared for higher installation costs and potential framing issues.

Metal Roofing

Eco-friendly metal is an excellent roofing choice here in coastal Florida. Metal roofs are resistant to extreme weather conditions, and reflects the sun’s ray well. They are long-lasting, recyclable, and useful for rainwater harvesting. Metal roofs can last 40-75 years. 

Things to consider: Metal roofing is expensive. Although metal roofs are becoming more mainstream, they may not fit your home’s style. And although many people love the sound of rain on a metal roof, others may find it to be a nuisance. Hail can amplify that sound, and can also dent and damage your metal roof. 


Slate is beautiful, classic, and elegant. This fire-resistant and durable roofing material has stood the test of time for centuries. A quality slate roof can last 50-100 years or more.  

Things to consider: Slate is very expensive, heavy, and requires extra framing and special installation considerations. The quality can vary – be especially cautious with imported slate.

Wood Shingles and Shake

Wood shingles and shakes offer a rustic, natural look that many find very appealing. 

Things to consider: Wood roofing products do not meet fire codes in some areas. And they are not usually a good choice for coastal climates such as ours. Florida’s high moisture levels can quickly cause mold, rot, and wood damage. 

Synthetic Roofing Products

In recent years, many manufacturers have created synthetic roofing products from rubber, plastic and polymer roofing. These products are designed to mimic the look and feel of natural materials such as slate and wood, while eliminating some of the pitfalls those natural materials can have. Synthetic slate roofing tiles are lighter in weight and less fragile, while synthetic wood shake will not rot or decay. Warranties and longevity with these new synthetic roofing materials vary by product. 

Things to consider: We have very little good data on life expectancy and long term maintenance issues with these newer products.

Let’s Get Started!

If you’re ready to replace your roof, give us a call! Coastal Roofing Pros is here to help you navigate the choices and get the job done right.

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