When it comes to roofs, there are many things to consider. The pitch, the type of material used—not to mention whether you should add extra features like a skylight or solar panels. And what color will best suit your home’s style? Whether you’re planning on building a custom home this year or it’s time to replace your existing roof, these tips can help make choosing an easier task.
Finding the Right Materials
Florida homeowners have a myriad of options when it comes to choosing roofing materials, and every style has its pros and cons.
- Asphalt shingles. Asphalt shingles are a common roofing material due to their low-maintenance and cost-effective qualities. Architectural-style asphalt shingles are designed to withstand Florida’s wild weather and can take a beating from torrential rain. Florida building codes require all asphalt shingles to be algae-resistant to protect your home against damage caused by a build-up of algae over time.
- Tile shingles. More and more homeowners are choosing tile shingles for their homes—and for good reason! Tile shingles are incredibly durable and long-lasting, and they’re an environmentally-friendly option. They’ll also increase the resale value of your home, as many homeowners prefer the classic style.
Ultimately, the choice is up to you and, in many cases, it boils down to your budget. But don’t forget that while asphalt shingles have a lower upfront cost, they’ll also require more maintenance and repair in the future, costing you more down the line.
Choosing the Right Color
Did you know that the color of your shingles has a significant impact on your home’s temperature? Dark-colored shingles absorb heat from the sun, which in turn heats your attic and home. Light-colored shingles, on the other hand, will reflect the sun’s rays, keeping you cool and improving your home’s energy efficiency.
Adding Extra Features
Additional features such as a skylight, attic fan, or solar panels can help turn your house into a home—and significantly boost your resale value as well. Remember to always have these features installed by a certified, licensed roofer to reduce the risk of leaks or damage. Many homeowners are choosing to install solar-powered attic fans and solar panels to offset their energy bills and make their homes more environmentally friendly.
At No. 1 Home Roofing, we’re proud to be your source for professional roofing installation, including repairs and replacements. Visit our website for more information about our services, or reach out to us at (727) 777-7131 to get started.