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Choosing the Right Roofing Material for Your Home: Pros and Cons


If the time has come to replace your roof, then you can either replace it with the same material you’ve always had or you can decide to try a different roofing material. With so many different roofing materials available (and each with its pros and cons), it can be difficult to figure out which would be best for your home.

The Pros and Cons of Different Roofing Materials

Asphalt Shingle Roofing

  • Pros: One of the most common roofing materials, asphalt shingles are cheap and easy to replace if damaged, missing, or broken. Asphalt shingles are also able to be reroofed, which can be appealing to homeowners because reroofing is a much less expensive and time-consuming process.
  • Cons: Asphalt shingles fall short in durability. They aren’t able to withstand the elements as well as other roofing materials, which could mean you will have to deal with roof repairs more frequently with an asphalt shingle roof.

Wood Roofing

  • Pros: A roofing material known for its visual appeal is wood shingles. Wood shingles have a very classic look, but they can also be painted, which is great for homeowner who wants more control over the exterior look of their home.
  • Cons: Wood shingles may not be the best choice for Florida homes because they can develop mold, mildew, and rot, especially in climates that see a significant amount of annual rainfall.

Tile Roofing

  • Pros: Tile roofing can offer you an elegantly stylish design for your roof; however, the beautiful visual appeal of a tile roof is not the material’s only benefit. Tile roofing is also a desirable type of roofing material because it can withstand heavy rain and rot.
  • Cons: The beauty of tile roofing comes with a significant price tag as tile tends to be one of the most expensive roofing materials. Tile roofing can also chip and break if impacted by hail or falling debris, so you should expect to replace several tiles during your tile roof’s lifespan.

Metal Roofing

  • Pros: Metal roofs have quickly become one of the most popular types of roofs in Florida because they have a long lifespan (double that of an average asphalt shingle roof). Metal roofs are also extraordinarily durable against harsh weather conditions, and can even help keep your home cooler by reflecting away hot UV rays.
  • Cons: Similar to tile roofs, the benefits of metal roofing come at a price. The average metal roof will cost you more during initial installation when compared to cheaper roofing materials. However, the investment in a metal roof will show you a greater return in the long run.

If you need guidance on which roofing material might be right for your home, contact the veteran roofing experts at RBS Construction & Roofing.

Expert Roofing Material Installation Services

RBS Construction & Roofing is a locally- and family-owned and operated roofing business in Orlando, Florida that has over three decades of experience. Our team of veteran craftsmen is dedicated to providing you with high-quality and affordable roof inspections, installations, repairs, and replacements.

For more information on our superior roofing services or to schedule an inspection of your roof, call the professionals at RBS Construction & Roofing today at (689) 304-9605.