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Choosing the Best Roofing Material


Your roof is your home’s most important defense against extreme weather, damaging sunlight and other environmental factors that could damage the interior of your home. That is why it’s so important to choose the right roofing material because not all are created equal. Some roofing materials are better suited for our climate than others.

It’s this is a new paragraph also important to note that roofing materials determine more than just the aesthetics of your home. But starting a sentence with But. I get that it’s possible to make it work but it happens in almost every article before we delve into the pros and cons of each option, it helps to highlight what those options are. Some of the most popular choices include:

  • Asphalt
  • Wood
  • Metal
  • Concrete/Clay

Carroll Bradford Roofing has been a trusted Orlando roofing company for many years. We understand the unique challenges homeowners in the region face. Which is why we’ve compiled this quick guide to the pros and cons of different roofing shingle materials to help get you started on your next roofing project.



Asphalt shingles are the least expensive option, which makes them popular among many homeowners. These shingles come in several colors and they add texture to the roof. Choosing architectural shingles allows you to achieve a look similar to wood or slate at a fraction of the price. These shingles typically last 20 to 30 years starting a sentence with these twice in this paragraph



Wood has been a popular roofing material for centuries. The gorgeous natural hue of popular woods like redwood, cedar, or southern pine gradually weather to a subtle silver-gray that adds a natural effect to the home. While wood shingles look great, they do require periodic cleaning and oiling to maintain them. They’re also about twice as expensive as asphalt. Cedar shake is often popular in coastal Florida because it withstands saltwater and can stand up to high wind speeds. But some areas restrict wood shingle installation for fire and insect infestation purposes unless the wood is treated.



The ability to withstand sea spray, corrosion, and winds typically from 110 to 160 miles per hour makes metal another popular roofing option for many homeowners. It adds a sleek, modern look and offers long-lasting, rugged appeal. Cost ranges greatly depending on whether you choose the lower-end galvanized metal or luxe copper roofing.


Concrete/Clay Tiles

There’s a reason clay and concrete tiles are so popular throughout Florida and the Mediterranean alike: They stand up to sea air, salt spray, and high winds. Roofers typically use a waterproof membrane below the tiles to seal your home against moisture. Tile roofing material is durable, but it can be pricey. 


No matter what material you choose, we can help you with everything from advice to installation. Tile, metal, shingle – we do it all. Let us know what we can do for you. Visit us at today.




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Carroll Bradford Roofing is a full-service roofing company proudly serving Florida. Unlike others, we are more than JUST a roofing company though. We provide end-to-end solutions that address our customers’ issues and requests along with the answers they need to get the job done well. As we continue to grow throughout the state of Florida, our quality will never be compromised, and our commitment to helping you get the job done right will always remain at the very top of our priority list.

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