Asphalt shingles dominate the market. It is – by far – the most popular roofing material. This is due primarily to its low cost and ease of installation. It is one of the easiest roofing materials to install, especially when you compare it to metal or clay tile installation.
When you think of a roof, you probably picture asphalt shingles without realizing it. They make up almost 75% of the roofing material market in Florida due to their cost and ease of installation. There are also a huge number of color and texture options available for traditional asphalt shingles.
Asphalt shingles are made up of fiberglass matting, an asphalt coating, and some sort of stone or ceramic granule to give durability to the material. The most common form of asphalt shingle is the traditional 3-tab variety.
Also known as dimensional or laminate shingles, architectural shingles are made up of the same materials like asphalt shingle, but are thicker and heavier, thus providing more protection against the coastal elements. Asphalt and architectural shingles won’t stand up to winds past 100 mph, so keep that in mind when installing a new roof or choosing a roofing option for your Florida home.