Pros and Cons of Composite Roofing in Florida

May 28, 2024

While asphalt shingles are the most popular roofing material in North America, they’re far from your only shingle roofing option. Composite roofing using synthetic shingles has a lot to offer homeowners in Florida who want to balance great aesthetics with uncompromising durability. But is it right for you?

That’s what we’re here to help you find out. We’re PITCH Roofing, your trusted local roofing partners and composite roofing professionals. Today, we want to explain the good and the bad about composite shingle roofs to make sure that you get the right roof for you. To get started, let’s talk about the basics of composite roofing.

What Are Composite Roofing Shingles?

What Are Composite Roofing Shingles

The core idea behind composite roofing is recreating the look and protection of other types of roofing, specifically slate or wood shake. Their base materials are a synthetic polymer mixed with recycled materials and some of the material that they’re trying to replicate. And the result is a shingle roofing system that offers a lot to Florida homeowners.

For one thing, composite shingles look almost identical to slate or shake roofs. That makes it a great option for homeowners who want a classic, timeless aesthetic with the protection of modern roofing technologies. Since they’re formed using molds of slate or shake roofs and made using similar products, the aesthetic offerings are virtually identical to higher-cost roofing materials.

Composite roofing is much more than just pretty, though. It’s also strong and able to stand up to the unforgiving Florida elements. In fact, composite tile roofs have so many upsides that we want to take a minute and look at them one by one.

The Pros of Composite Roofing in Florida

The Pros of Composite Roofing in Florida

To get started with our deeper look into composite roofing, let’s talk about what homeowners love about this roofing material. This way, you’ll know what you have to look forward to if you choose a composite shingle roof replacement!

Unwavering Durability

With hurricanes getting worse and more common, your home needs the best protection available. And composite roofing could be exactly what you’re looking for.

For one thing, composite shingles are much less brittle than shingles made of real slate or cedar shake. That’s thanks to its composition of synthetic materials like plastic and rubber, which give it extremely high impact resistance to stand strong in the face of storm debris.

Composite roofing also holds up well to regular wear and tear. This means that even with the hot Florida sun beating down on your roof, it’s unlikely that you’ll start seeing issues like bleaching. This is much better than asphalt shingles, which don’t just get bleached by the sun, but crack and chip as it wears them down.

Great Longevity

When you get a roof replacement in Florida, you want it to last. And with composite roofing, it will. These shingles last for a long time, even through Florida’s harsh hurricane season.

Whereas even a great asphalt shingle roof might only last 20-25 years in Florida, composite shingles last for around 40-50 years. This makes them a much better investment in the long-term protection and safety of your home! To get this longevity, though, it’s important to make sure you’re getting a roof replacement from experienced, high-quality contractors.

Lower Price Than Slate Roofing

Composite roofing is not a budget roofing material by any standard that we know. But it’s also not the most expensive roofing material on the market. So while composite cedar shake shingles cost roughly as much as real cedar shake tiles, you can expect your new composite slate shingles to be much more affordable than real slate.

In fact, it’s not even close: Composite roofing costs about half as much as real slate when you factor in both material and roof replacement costs. That isn’t the only leg up that composite roofing has, though.

Composite roofing is also much lighter than slate roofing. This means that your roof will be able to more easily bear the load without roofers installing additional supports on your roof. In short, composite roofing is a cheaper, lighter way of getting the timeless look of a slate roof.

Eco-Friendly Roofing

If you want to go green with your new roof, then composite roofing is an excellent choice. Since many types of composite shingles are made with recycled materials, you can feel good about getting your new roof that’s made of materials that would otherwise be in a landfill.

This is starkly different from asphalt shingles, which are actually the biggest contributor to roofing waste in North America. In this way, composite roofing is a way to upgrade your roof and minimize environmental impact on our planet!

Aesthetic Versatility

Composite shingles are versatile in the sense that they can look like several different roofing materials. But even in addition to this already-impressive fact, composite roofing offers customization beyond choosing between types of slate and wood shake roofing.

Composite roofing also comes with a wide range of color options. From dark grays and blacks to more neutral earth tones and beyond, there’s almost no limit to the options you can choose from. We love versatility like this because it means our customers can get exactly what they’re looking for!

Cons of Composite Roofing in Florida

There’s no such thing as a perfect roofing material. And since every type of roof has its downsides, let’s talk about the biggest issues that homeowners have with composite roofing.

High Roofing Costs

Composite shingles are anything but an affordable roofing material. While they’re cheaper than slate roofing, they’re still far from cheap. But how much does a composite shingle roof replacement cost in Florida?

Roofing prices always vary from job to job, but in general, a composite shingle roof costs between eight and 14 dollars in Florida. If you have a 2,000-square-foot roof, that means your roof replacement costs will probably be between $16,000 and $28,000. In other words, this isn’t the most expensive roofing material in Florida, but it’s also far from the most affordable.

New on the Scene

You could say that composite roofing being new on the market means that it’s the latest roofing technology. And while that’s true, we’re generally suspicious of new things in the roofing industry. It’s not that we see any problems with composite roofing, but as roofers, it’s harder to trust something that we haven’t been working with for decades.

So when getting a composite roof replacement, there’s some reason for concern simply because these roofs haven’t been on the market for decades and decades like other options. But with many composite shingle manufacturers offering long-lasting limited warranties, you can still go into this new roof with assurances of protection.

Get a Free Composite Roofing Estimate

Now you’re armed with essential knowledge about the pros and cons of composite roofing. If you’re still curious about this roofing material, whether you’re ready to commit today or still weighing your options, the next step of this process is simple: Get your free composite roofing estimate.

At Pitch, we pride ourselves on offering free, no-obligation roofing estimates that are thorough and comprehensive. They’re also extremely easy to get. For your free roofing estimate, just call us at 727-607-4511 or schedule your estimate online. Or, if you want to keep things fast and simple, you can get an online roofing estimate that doesn’t require any in-person inspection of your home.

No matter what roofing material is right for you, PITCH Roofing can help you find a solution that protects your home and works within your budget. Whether you want to know more about composite roofing or you want to explore other options, the experienced, friendly staff at Pitch are ready to help!

Last Updated:May 31, 2024