When it comes to building or renovating your home, the roof is a common consideration for the denizens of Miami due to its coastal location and the common issues associated with the weather. Miami roofs are battered with wind and rain during certain seasons and it’s important that we do our best to mitigate the damage by picking the right type of roof.
However, we should also be choosing our roof styles based on our personal preferences, our home’s architectural theme and also by following what our neighbors are using to make things feel a lot more consistent.
There are many different types of roofing material that are used in Miami and we’re going to go through a couple of the most common types that we see and why they could be a good choice for you.
Natural Slate Tiles
Natural slate is a beautiful choice of roofing material–but only if you have deep pockets. It’s perfect for giving off a Mediterranean style and is perfectly fine against the hot weather in Miami. They’re fairly heavy tiles compared to the alternatives, so make sure you have a sturdy foundation that is capable of holding their weight.
Metal roofing lasts for a long time. It’s resistant to most elements including fire and they can be turned into various styles that will match your property. In the past, metal roofing was used exclusively for commercial properties due to its low cost and practicality, but nowadays, we’re seeing it being used more extensively in homes as well especially if you want a great-looking and low-maintenance roof at an affordable price.
Perhaps the most basic and inexpensive form of roofing available is asphalt shingles. They’re durable, inexpensive, can be bought from almost anywhere, and they’re available in a large number of colors and designs. They can usually be installed by yourself (assuming you have someone handy to help you get onto the roof safely) but since they’re so inexpensive and easy to install, hiring a contractor can be cheap though not required,
There are certain places in Florida, such as Naples, where wood shakes are incredibly popular for both large and small homes. You’ll typically see them on rural structures and they can add a comforting rustic feel to any home. However, there are always fire concerns considering they are made of wood and they don’t have a long lifespan like the other options on this list. However, they can be treated with chemicals that give it a longer lifespan and help to give it immunity against the sun’s hot rays. Though they may be complicated to maintain and come with inherent issues, they can create some beautiful roofs.
Spanish terracotta tiles have been around for a while now. They’re incredibly popular in the south of Florida because they’re durable, long-lasting and require very little maintenance. Due to their color, they don’t tend to retain heat but they are relatively heavy. In the past, materials like mosaic tiles were used, but today, cheaper materials like metal, ceramic or concrete. Spanish terracotta tiles are fairly customizable as well. For instance, you can find it in a simple monotone, but you can also pick duotone Spanish terracotta tiles.
Thermoplastic Membrane Roofing
For flat roofs, thermoplastic membrane roofing is a fantastic choice. It’s incredibly easy to install (it comes in rolls that are just rolled out) and it’s both lightweight and durable. It’s also a reflective material, meaning it’s great for keeping the sun away from your home.
Photovoltaic (PV roof shingles)
Compared to the other items on this list, photovoltaic roof shingles are fairly new to the scene. They look like traditional shingles but they’re capable of absorbing solar energy much like a solar panel. As you can imagine, these are expensive and will take an experienced contractor to help you install them. They often come in various different textures and a power wall to help you store the energy.
As you can see, there are plenty of different types of roofing in Miami and each one has its own advantages. Whether you’re looking for something beautiful and customizable or simply durable and resistant to the climate in Miami, there are many decisions to be made if you want the perfect roof.