Benefits of a Metal Roof
- Buying ONE metal roof for your home or business is like purchasing THREE shingle roofs in longevity!
- A metal roof will last you well over THIRTY years and they are not targeted by the insurance companies like shingle roofs in Florida. Many insurance companies in Florida insist a shingle roof is replaced after only TEN years.
What you should know before you install:
- Metal roofs are cost efficient, last for decades, require minimal upkeep, keep energy costs down, stand up to storms, wind and rain, and look great on any building! Read on to find out which type is right for you.
5-V Metal Roof
A 5-V is a cost-effective option. It is a strong, storm-proof roof with exposed fasteners., The fasteners adhere through the roof panel into your purlins and sheathing.
Standing Seam Metal Roof
A standing seam roof hides its fasteners, providing a cleaner, more streamlined look with tremendous strength and durability. The metal panels lock into place with clips that allow for thermal expansion and contraction.
Is a metal roof cost effective? Yes.
A metal roof is cost effective compared to other roofing options. Because of the recent dizzying spike in the price for oil, prices for petroleum-based products like shingles, have gone sky-high. Therefore, while in years past, a shingle roof was the most cost-effective way to quickly re-roof, these price increases have knocked shingles out of the inexpensive category. And while shingle roof costs are rising, metal prices have remained steady, and are now competitive with shingle pricing. Even better, it will last more than 30 years, whereas insurance companies insist you replace any shingle roof that is more than 10 years old.
Is a metal roof durable? Yes.
Unlike shingles, which soften or can become brittle over time, a metal roof remains sturdy and durable for decades. They are considered to be assembly rated class A, meaning the covering and underlying materials provide additional fire protection. This makes metal a great choice to keep your building and its contents safe.
Can a metal roofs protect you from storms?
Metal has the highest wind rating of all roof types. Wind ratings start at 140 mph, and some can withstand gusts up to 180 mph. In contrast, shingle roof wind ratings top out at 130 mph. With Florida being hit with increasingly stronger hurricanes, the steadfastness and safety of your roof should be a top concern. A Category 3 storm has winds up to 130 mph, and a category 4 storm goes up to 156. What kind of roof do you want protecting your home and family as these storms continue to intensify?
Do metal roofs come in different colors? Yes.
There are a variety colors you can choose from. Mill Finish, the silver metal roof color you see most often is the most popular color metal roof in Florida. When selecting this color, make sure you are getting Galvalume, stay away from “galvanized metal.” Galvalume roof and siding panels are coated with a mixture of zinc and aluminum as well as a clear coating to help resist scuffs and fingerprints better than a bare metal product. The coating is most often Acrylume, a clear organic resin surface that is applied over the Galvalume to protect the metal surface.
You can also choose to get a colored metal, but choose wisely. You do not want a plain, painted roof panel. These easily scratch and the colors quickly fade in the intense Florida sun. Make sure your roofing contractor is providing you panels that are treated with PolyVinyliDere, a polymer that covers the metal, so it won’t fade and scratch.
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The three most common types of roofs are: shingle, metal, and tile for pitched roofing.
Most shingle roofs will last between 18-20 years before replacement is needed.
A metal roof has a much higher wind rating than most other roofing.
You want to make sure they are certified, licensed, and have all the proper insurance.
There are several ways to research your contractor. http://www.myfloridalicense.com/dbpr/ and myflorida.gov is a great place to start. You also want to make sure you get current copies of all the workman's compensation and liability insurance to make sure it is all up to date. If your roofer can't provide this, BEWARE!