If you simply compare material and installation costs, you’ll find that just about any roof replacement quote for asphalt shingles is cheaper than tile, wood or metal roofing. However, you shouldn’t judge your roof’s affordability by the installation and materials cost alone. The other factors that should be taken into consideration are the longevity, durability and energy efficiency.
A metal or tile roof will likely last about twice as long as an asphalt roof. Depending on the type of asphalt and metal or tile you’re comparing to, you may even replace an asphalt roof three times in the life of another material. If you’re planning on staying in the home for the foreseeable future, you may want to consider something other than asphalt for your roof replacement.
Although some may think of durability as the same as longevity, there are differences. For example, metal and tile roofing is more durable when it comes to wind than asphalt. You may find that your homeowners’ insurance is lower with tile or metal roofing because of the wind and fire-resistant properties. Algae is more likely to significantly damage an asphalt roof than other materials. Your chosen roofing material’s durability is also reflected in the manufacturer’s warranty which is often half the length with asphalt over other materials.
The more energy efficient a roof, the lower your cooling costs. In Tampa, an energy efficient tile roof could lead to significantly lower energy bills than an asphalt roof. What surprises many homeowners is that metal roofing is also very energy efficient, up to 40% more so than asphalt shingles as it reflects solar radiation better than shingles.
Resale or ROI
Another consideration for some homeowners is return on investment (ROI). A tile roof has the highest ROI in Tampa, especially when they’re installed on a Spanish-style home. Metal roofing also has a better return on investment than asphalt shingles. If you know you’re going to be selling your home, choose a roofing material that fits in with the neighborhood and the selling price of the home.
Let Suncoast Roofing Solutions help you choose the right roofing material, style and color for your roof replacement. We offer metal, tile, asphalt, wood and other roofing materials for all types of homes and businesses. Call us today for your free roof replacement estimate – (813) 283-2544.