Living in Florida comes with many benefits—the sunny, warm weather, access to the beach, and palm trees lining every street. However, in St. Augustine, this beautiful weather comes with high winds and intense storms, especially during hurricane season.
There are several durable, wind-resistant roofing materials that we might suggest for your house. Factors like the style and color you prefer, the strength of wind you typically experience, and the amount of money you are looking to spend can affect your roofing decision.
Get in touch with our team at Elite Remodeling Services to hear more about our wind-resistant roofing options today. As a preview, here are our top six roofing materials to withstand high winds:
#6 Clay Tiles
Clay tiles are one of the most attractive roofing options, and they also boast high-wind resistance. The sturdy clay material can withstand strong winds and resist the heavy downpours that often occur in St. Augustine.
You can choose from many different colors of clay tiles to complement your house’s color scheme, and even combine colors to create an aesthetic pattern. Clay tiles are also energy-efficient, as they help insulate your home and cut down on your heating and cooling bills.
The drawback of implementing clay tiles is that they require careful installation, or you risk tiles being blown off in high winds, damaging your house or car. Our team ensures top-quality installation services, but you still need to be aware of these risks.
#5 Asphalt Shingles
Asphalt shingles are the most common roofing material in America—and for good reason. Asphalt is built to endure strong winds with ease, and standard asphalt shingles boast 60-to-80-mph-wind-resistance.
Modern asphalt shingles have upgraded this resistance to be closer to 110-mph, making them an excellent option for windy areas like St. Augustine.
The drawbacks that come with asphalt shingles are similar to clay tiles. With proper installation, they will be well-secured to withstand heavy winds, but shingles often fall off the roof and require frequent replacement when installed poorly.
However, asphalt shingles are one of the most affordable roofing options and suit the wind-resistance needs of many Florida homeowners.
#4 Wood Shakes
Wood shake roofs are a rather uncommon roofing material, but they match the beach style of many St. Augustine homes.
They provide solid insulation that is twice the strength of asphalt shingles, making them an energy-efficient option as well. Even better, wood shakes are wind-resistant and able to hold up to Florida hurricane winds.
Wood shakes come in both cedar and synthetic options, and though cedar is higher quality, they tend to be more expensive than synthetic wood materials. However, either type is a decent option in the face of high winds.
Slate roofs are relatively uncommon as well, but they were much more popular about a hundred years ago. They were once seen as the strongest, most durable roofing option, and they are still one of the most wind-resistant materials on the market.
The heavy weight of slate keeps slate roofs securely grounded to the house, so you won’t have to worry about slate tiles blowing off in high winds.
Even so, slate roofs are one of the most expensive roofing options, and you’ll need to consider whether they are the right choice for your home in terms of budget.
Our number 2 choice for wind-resistant roofing material is metal. Metal roofs are installed in large sheets, making it unlikely for pieces to blow off in high winds. Metal is also one of the most durable roofing materials and boasts other benefits like energy-efficiency, sustainability, and attractive appearance. You can’t go wrong with a metal roof!
#1 Composite Tile
Coming in at number 1, composite tile! Besides an authentic appearance, composite roofing materials are extremely durable and can resist winds reaching up to 110 mph! Some composite shingle manufacturers, like Brava Roof Tile, have 3rd party certifications (Miami-Dade approved) for the highest levels of fire, wind, and hail resistance. Their materials are also backed by a stunning 50-year limited warranty.
Most composite roofing materials are lightweight and do not require costly substructures. Unlike their traditional counterparts, composite tiles can be installed on any roof and require no expensive structural modifications or tools.
Ready to get a wind-resistant roof? Give us a call at Elite Remodeling Services today. Dial 904-657-8383 to speak with one of our expert roofers about the right roofing material for your home.