Orlando is a fabulous place to live and work in and the gorgeous weather is a big part of that. We do get out share of extreme weather, high temperatures, rainstorms, wind and even hail. There are two basic seasons: a hot and rainy summer from May to September and a drier and cooler winter from October to April. Summer temps rise up into the 90’s with plenty of heavy rainstorms and wind. Winter has a 60 degree temp average and will occasionally freeze once or twice. The average humidity in Orlando is over 70%. With all of this in mind, it is vital that when replacing, repairing or installing a roof, you and your roofers are informed and choose the best roof for the Orlando weather.
Fortunately, there are several great options for roofing materials ideal for holding up in these conditions. They vary in price and material and looks, but they will be durable if installed properly. We will discuss a few here:
- Clay Tile
- Concrete Tile
Clay tile is a classic look for many types of homes in Orlando, it looks especially beautiful on southwestern, Mediterranean and mission style homes. Clay tiles have been used for thousands of years as a roofing material for good reason-they are durable and long lasting. Not to mention they are fire-proof, rot and mold proof, water proof and insect proof. And Orlando weather proof! In fact, their lifespan might even outlast the life of the home or structure! While freezing and thawing is not a serious problem in Orlando, clay withstands these also. There is almost no maintenance involved besides clearing off leaves and debris occasionally. Clay tiles are perfect in the hot summer as they have insulating properties because they reflect heat which keeps the home interior cooler in the summer and warmer during the winter. They come in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors which are sure to fit your home or business.
If clay tile is a bit over budget for you, consider concrete tiles. Concrete tiles are not quite as long lasting as clay tiles, but it has many of the other beneficial properties of clay. Concrete tiles are fiber-reinforced cement products. Some may be coated with plastics or enamels, even metals. These hold up well against the rain and heat. Like clay, concrete tiles are fire proof, rot proof and insect proof, and are also low maintenance. They also come in many colors, shapes and textures. Some can even mimic the look of wood shake, clay tiles and even slate. Another perfect choice for the weather conditions of Orlando.
Slate roofs are gorgeous, natural looking and expensive! Their benefits are identical to those of clay tiles. Because they are shingle-like slices of rock, their colors are natural. Like clay, they are heavy and breakable, so they will need professional installation, but they will hold up beautifully in the weather!
Metal roofs are a great deal for the money. They are durable, lasting 40-50 years. They will perform well in the weather we get here in Orlando. They are tough enough to withstand the wind and hail damage. They are also fire proof, rot and insect proof. Metal roofs are easy to install and will not crack or break. There are many metal options. They resist corrosion from the rain and humidity, and they reflect heat, again keeping your home or business energy efficient in summer and winter. They can be noisy in rainy weather, but many people think this is a plus! They will need to be properly grounded during installation to protect the home during lightning storms, but all in all they are a great roofing choice.
Whatever option you and your roofer choose to cover your home, all will perform well in Orlando’s weather. Premier Roofing Inc. can install all of these professionally and beautifully. And remember, we’ve been doing this for a long time. Be sure to check out our gallery of project images to see the quality of work that has become the standard in Orlando roofing options. Give us a call and let us help you choose a new roof!