How to choose the right roofing materials

By Stacy Mellete

Choosing the right roofing materials is important for both aesthetic and practical reasons. While it is natural to focus on which materials will look best, the material’s weight, cost, durability, installation requirements, and other characteristics are equally important.  A reputable roofing contractor in Tampa like Affordable Roofing Systems can help answer your questions so you can make the best decision for your specific situation.

The most commonly used roofing materials include wood, asphalt, concrete, clay, slate, and composite tiles. Each of these has its own uses, depending on factors such as location, budget,  the form of your roof, the structure of the house, and whether you’re remodeling or building a new home. Consider the following information to help you choose the best roofing material for your house.

  • Asphalt. Asphalt shingles are the most popular roofing material for good reason. They are low cost and easy to install, as well as effective and durable. You can also choose laminated asphalt shingles if you want your roof to be thicker and more durable. Laminated asphalt roofs have an average of 25 years of life expectancy.
  • Wood. Wood shakes and shingles roofing Tampa can give homes a beautiful natural look. Before setting your heart on a wood roof, though, make sure it is permitted by local fire codes. Wood shingles can also be twice as expensive, though some types of wood can last up to 50 years with proper maintenance. Moss and insects frequently damage wood shingles, requiring replacement of damaged shingles.
  • Metal. Residential metal roofs Tampa are popular for their durability. Although more expensive up front, a metal roof has a lifespan of up to 70 years. Another benefit of metal roofs is that they reflect heat and keep your home cool during the summer and warm during the winter.
  • Slate. Slate roofs are as long-lasting as metal roofs and require very little maintenance. However, the additional weight of slate requires a stronger supporting structure. You will have to make sure that the structure of your home is strong enough to bear a slate roof.
  • Tile. Tile roofs are a common choice in areas exposed to hot weather, salt air, and heavy rain. They are durable, low maintenance, and very hard to damage. Their cost depends on the material of the tile, clay tiles being among the most expensive. The downside of tiles is that they are too heavy for some structures and can only be used for roofs with sharp slopes.

Whichever material you choose, don’t forget to seek advice from a residential roofing contractor Tampa specialist, since every installation has its own unique and important nuances to consider. Before you buy the materials for your new roof, call us at 813-542-8462 for more information about different types of roofs and advice on which will work best for you. We will help you install the most affordable, durable, and  aesthetically pleasing roof for your house.

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Our stone coated steel roofing system is available in a wide range of styles including Tile, Shake, Slate, and Shingle, and in a variety of colors. We’ll help you to choose one that will fit your home’s style and your budget.


As the most-used roofing type across North America, asphalt strikes a balance between price and durability, with a life expectancy of up to 20. Shingles are available for those who want affordable, genuine slate roofing.


Tile roofs offer unparalleled value when cost per year of use is factored in. While upfront costs are higher, customers who choose a clay or concrete tile roof will enjoy the aesthetics and quality for a lifetime.


Metal roofs today come in a wide array of colors and finishes. Innovations in metal roofing technology have significantly enhanced the performance of metal roofs.

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TPO can be installed to any scale with some of the world’s largest building utilizing TPO roofing systems – it comes in strips typically 8ft 10ft and 12ft wide that are heat welded on site.

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