raising the roof

No, this isn’t going to be a post with a  video of me breaking into a 90’s song although I’m sure that would be entertaining.  I realized today that I haven’t really talked about the different type of roof material options and how we ended up with shingles. Let’s take a minute to discuss common options which mainly fall into 3 categories.

Shingles – this is probably the most common materials likely due to its budget friendly price point and durability. Shingles have come a long way over the years and come in a variety of styles and colors as well as being common on a multitude of home styles from traditional to modern. Architectural shingles have a lifespan of 24 to 30 years.


Tile – these roofs are probably the second most common type of roofing material here in Florida due in part to the popularity of Mediterranean homes. The average lifespan of concrete tiled roof is about 50 years but they are more expensive than architectural shingles and can be slippery so be careful when doing work on the roof.


Metal – these roofs are becoming more common and are often seen on Key West/ beach style houses or used to accent certain areas such as a front porch. The type of metal varies, as will the price. Copper roofs used to accent have been growing in popularity in our area but is expensive due to the price of copper. In general, metal roofs have a lifespan of 50-7o years.


Based on our house design and style, we went with a black architectural shingle and are very happy with the way they turned out! 




2 thoughts on “raising the roof

  1. Love the shingles y’all picked out! We’ll have to redo our roof in the next few years and we plan on doing a dark shingle. Ours is currently a brown-ish color and shows mildew super easily. We’ve gotten in trouble from the HOA multiple times and even though we cleaned it, you can still see some residue. For the mildew reason, Stephen wanted a metal roof but thankfully, the neighborhood doesn’t allow it 😉


    1. Thanks, Ashley! I can definitely let you know how well it keeps up whenever you are looking but so far we are pleased! Your paint color will also affect the look of your shingles so be sure to keep that in mind when making your selection


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