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Roof by Roof Comparison - Which Material is Best for You?

Your roof is not just a protective shield for your home, it also contributes to curb appeal and functionality. From asphalt to metal to tile to solar, which material is best for your home? We’ll compare each roofing option to help you make informed decisions tailored to your climate and budget. 

Asphalt Shingle Roof:

  • Pros: 

  • Affordability - a cost-effective option

  • Variety - choose from a multitude of colors, styles and granular consistency to give your home its best curb appeal

  • Simple Installation - reduces time and costs

  • Cons:

  • Durability - shorter lifespan than other materials and may need more repairs

  • Damage prone - with severe weather such as hail or high winds

  • Replacements - needs to be replaced in 10-20 years

Metal Roof:

  • Pros:

  • Durability - holds up very well in harsh weather and a good option for areas with extreme weather conditions such as hurricanes or heavy snow

  • Long lifespan - exceptional longevity, often having a lifespan of 50 or more years

  • Energy Efficient - reduces energy costs, especially in warm climates

  • Cons: 

  • Cost - upfront installation cost often higher

  • Expansion and Contraction - can expand and contract with temperature fluctuations, potentially leading to loosening of fasteners 

Tile Roof:

  • Pros:

  • Curb appeal - offer an elegant and timeless look

  • Long lifespan - can last 50 or more years

  • Strong material - offer durability and are non-combustible, providing added protection against fires

  • Cons:

  • Cost - material and labor costs often higher

  • Heavy - weight can put stress on the structure of the home and may require additional support or reinforcement, especially for older buildings 

Solar Roof:

  • Pros:

  • Eco-friendly - harness energy from the sun, a virtually limitless and renewable resource, helping to mitigate climate change

  • Cost savings - can significantly reduce or even eliminate electricity bills by generating electricity on-site

  • Low Maintenance - require minimal maintenance with only routine inspections and occasional cleaning typically needed

  • Cons:

  • Upfront cost - higher initial cost when installing a solar roof 

  • Intermittent Energy Production - energy production is dependent on sunlight, meaning energy generation may be reduced or interrupted during cloudy days, nighttime, or inclement weather

  • Compatibility -factors such as roof orientation, angle, shading, and structural integrity can affect the performance and efficiency of solar panels


Based in Central Florida and founded in 2020, 3MG Solutions, LLC is one of the fastest-growing residential roofer and commercial roofing companies in the country. At 3MG, our goal is to build trusted long-term relationships with our community, customers, suppliers, and corporate partnerships. We believe this positions us as the best roofer and one of the dominant roofing companies in the country. Visit us at / (407) 492-5256.


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