Picking the Right Roof

As with any big purchase, picking the right roof for your home is one filled with questions and choices. For many homeowners, especially those who didn’t build a new home but bought an existing one, replacing their roof presents a challenge never faced before. Rest assured, though, there are many Jacksonville roofing companies ready to help you make the right decision!

There are a number of things to consider when selecting a new roofing system. Cost and durability are the two most important factors. A homeowner should try to have a roofing system installed that will not need replacement for many years to come. Additionally, aesthetics and architectural style are also key considerations to be made. Location is another determining factor when replacing a roof. A home in Minnesota would not need the same system as one in Palm Coast. Lets take a little deeper look at what you should expect.

Type of roof

When choosing a roofing material, you have many options, including asphalt, metal, wood, concrete and tile. Asphalt shingles are overwhelmingly the most popular type of product used in this country.  They are one of the least expensive options and, if properly maintained, can last up to 20 years in the coastal climate found in northeast Florida. Asphalt shingles are also known as “composition shingles,” since both asphalt and mineral granules are used in their production. Aluminum, steel, copper, copper-and-asphalt and lead are all durable, albeit expensive roofing surfaces. Metal roofs have exceptional longevity and durability. They can last over 40 years, depending on the material used and can sustain wind gusts of up to 140-mph. As opposed to asphalt roofs, metal roofing systems generally require annual maintenance to maintain their warranty. Tile roofs are another durable and long lasting option, but they are heavy and your home needs to be designed to take the load. This style is also very expensive.


As we stated before, location plays a big role in picking the right roofing system for your home. For homeowners in Jacksonville, the most energy efficient option should be a huge consideration. Clay and tile roofs, while expensive to install, will be more efficient and stand up with better durability to the suns rays. Additionally, the frequency for your home’s area to experience extreme weather is very important. Modern main line asphalt shingles are durable against hail and the best are wind rated for up to 130-mph if they are properly installed by a professional roofing company. Tile roofs, consequently, are more susceptible to chipping and breaking when exposed to severe patterns of weather.

No matter what you choose, the best advice given is to find a Jacksonville roofing contractor who will help guide you through this process. The First Coast is home to many roofing companies with the track record to prove dependable and quality service for their customers. Make an appointment today to have one come inspect your existing roof and make suggestions on how to properly and effectively find a replacement.