For many years concrete tile roofs dominated the construction industry in Florida. Homeowners loved the Mediterranean look of the tile, which brought a touch of class and luxury to the residence. Now, that go-to rooftopper has a new challenger, which is gaining momentum as a new Florida trend – metal roofs.
Yes, metal roofs have been around for a long time. However, rather than simple flat sheets, manufacturers are now offering various textures and finishes to offset the traditional industrial appearance. In fact, metal roofs can mimic other roofing materials including wood shake, asphalt shingles and slate, as well as take on the shape and appearance of tile itself.
Both roofing options have benefits and drawbacks. Here are just a few.
Concrete roof tiles, when installed properly, should last the life of the structure. A metal roof also lasts a long time, about 30 to 45 years.
A metal roof is lighter than a tile roof. Tile will weigh between 750 to 900 pounds per square (an area equal to 100 square feet.) Most metal roof varieties run from 50 to 150 pounds per square.
A concrete tile roof provides flexibility to change the color scheme, accents and texture of a structure, while a metal roof offers less diversity.
Concrete tile is thought of as Old Mediterranean in style, while metal roofs are often thought of as Old Florida.
Due to the size of the sheets, a metal roof can be installed more quickly than a tile roof. According to several estimates, at least a day or two quicker.
Both metal and tile roofs reflect radiant heat from the sun, which reduces the energy needed for air conditioning during the day. However, most experts believe a slight advantage in the “energy efficiency” race goes to tile.
Metal roofs are good at guarding against a fire that approaches from outside a home, such as from flying sparks and embers. A tile roof is more conducive to assisting firefighters put out an interior fire since they can cut through the roof easier.
The cost of roofing materials varies from location to location. To determine which roofing option that best fits your lifestyle and design needs, consult with your builder.