When it comes to choosing affordable roofing in Tampa, cost per square may not be the most reliable measure. For instance, it’s true that upfront, a tile roof can run you more than double the cost of an asphalt roof of the same size and complexity. But will you really save money by choosing asphalt?
Suncoast Roofing Solutions, the leader in Tampa FL roofing services, says no. Here’s why:
Clay and concrete roofing tiles are hard to beat in terms of lifespan. Tile is incredibly durable and isn’t susceptible to pests, fire, even earthquakes. A tile roof can last a century or more with ease, making it cheaper over its lifetime than an asphalt roof.
2. Manufacturer warranties
Because they’re known to last for so long, 50 years is often the minimum for roofing tile warranties. Compare that to asphalt, where 50 years is your maximum. Not only will you spend more on reroofing, but also risk having to pay out of pocket for repairs once your asphalt roof is out of warranty.
3. Weather resistance
Tile roofs can withstand the harshest weather conditions with little or no damage. That’s a must for Florida, which is no stranger to tropical storms and hurricanes. Asphalt shingles, which can be easily blown off in high winds, suffer by comparison. More damage = more costs.
4. Energy efficiency
Here’s an interesting tidbit from the Tile Roofing Institute:
Roof tiles are energy efficient: because of the superior thermal capacity of roof tiles and the ventilated air space that their placement on the roof surface creates, a tile roof can lower air conditioning costs in hotter climates.
In hot, sunny Florida, energy savings like this are no laughing matter.
5. Property values
Premium materials and premium labor cost more, but also they drive up your property value. Also, roofing tiles are a favorite for Spanish-style stucco homes in Florida, and buyers are often happy to pay more for premium aesthetics.
(Article Excerpt from Frequently Asked Questions, Tile Roofing Institute)