Metal shingles mimic the appearance of slate, asphalt and wood roofing. They cost about $1-$3 per sq. foot less than standing seams.
Wood roofing works well with cottages in Coconut Grove, Coral Gables Craftsman or Tudor-style homes. Wood roofing turns silver as they age and becomes sandy brown. Wood roofs can survive for 50 years in dry environments, but should be treated in places that are likely to catch fire and weatherproofed to the Miami climate. Wood roofing is less durable in humid climates such as South Florida. This is due to water damage.
Common building materials include redwood, pine, and cedar. They all repel insects. Cedar shake roofing is the most preferred choice, and it costs between $5 and $7 per square foot.
Clay tiles are the most common roofing material in the world. They go back as far as 5,000 years before glazed earthenware roofs in China. They are affordable at $10 to $18 per square footage and last 50-100 years. You can choose from several styles such as Spanish or Scania.
Clay tiles last a lot longer than other types of roofing and are therefore more costly to install. Clay roofing is common in Southern Florida. It is ideal for hot climates and can withstand winds as high as 150 miles per hour.
Slate is one the most durable types for roofing. It can be as affordable as clay tiles at $9 to $20 per square foot. The lifespan of this material is between 50 and 200years. It is fireproof and can withstand extreme temperatures, high winds, and extreme temperature. Additionally it is resistant to hail and small branches.
You can choose between natural, quarried slate and synthetic alternatives such as fiber cement slate or bituminous. Synthetic slate is cheaper and offers many of same benefits as natural.