There are many types of roofing materials to consider when selecting a roof for your next project. In Central Florida, it’s important to use roofing that can repel heat and rain through some of the most extreme seasonal weather in the United States. Using the wrong roofing material can lead to a dispute with an owner and call the quality of your team’s craftsmanship into question.
In part one of this two-part guide, our Hillsborough County contractor lawyers examined three types of commonly used roofs in Central Florida: asphalt fiberglass shingles, rubber roofing, and solar shingles. In part two, we will continue to explore the best types of roofing for your next project.
Clay and Concrete Tile Roofing
Clay and concrete tile roofs are often associated with Spanish and Mediterranean style houses, but this type of roofing can be used with various architectural styles. Clay and concrete are both masonry roofing materials with nearly identical installation requirements and procedures. This style of roofing uses overlapping or interlocking tiles to create a secure roof that embraces form and function equally. These roofs are ideal for hot climates, but they don’t perform as admirably in colder climates.
Composite roofing is often an attractive option for commercial buildings because this type of roofing carries some of the industry’s longest warranties. Composite roofing is crafted from an array of different materials. One popular type of composite roofing is a “simulated roofing slate” composed of resins and rubber compounds derived from reclaimed tires. This slate copycat offers superior durability and budget-friendly installation at a fraction of the cost of a traditional slate roof.
Metal roofing is a broad category with countless options and applications. Metal roofing can resemble industrial sheet metal or sleek shingle copycats, and it can be formed and finished in factories or on the building site. Metal roofs are commonly used on houses, farm structures, and commercial buildings because they are dependable and cost effective. Unfortunately, metal roofs are ill-suited for complex or curved roofs and they aren’t going to complement a structure that values style over practicality. Metal roofs are valued for their function, so it’s not surprising to find that metal roofs are often installed directly on top of older roofs.
Corrugated roofing is composed of thin sheets with a symmetrical pattern of ridges and grooves that often acts a hold-over until a more attractive roofing option is selected. Corrugated roofing can be crafted from steel, polycarbonate, or an asphalt fiberglass composite. It is commonly used for agricultural and commercial buildings as well as sheds. Corrugated roofs can be fastened to an existing roof to protect it from Central Florida’s unpredictable hurricanes.
Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.