Early Florida settlers often built their homes with metal roofs because they were inexpensive, easy to install, and lightweight. Roofing trends changed over the years to include shingles, clay tiles, wood shakes, slate, and concrete. About six years ago, metal roofing began to gain popularity again but for different reasons.
Metal roofs are durable and stand up to adverse weather conditions. They have been shown to outperform shingles when subjected to harsh elements. In addition, metal roofs are hail-resistant and hold up against extreme winds, including hurricane and tropical storm conditions. As a result, insurance companies often offer discounts on properties with metal roofs.
Metal roofs are energy efficient. Roof pigments applied to metal roofing reflects and reduce heat absorption. Above Sheathing Ventilation (ASV) is used to increase the amount of ventilated airspace, allowing heat energy to escape, lowering the cost of cooling your home. Additionally, solar panels are easy to install on metal roofing, providing a “free” resource for energy.
Metal roofing comes in various designs virtually indistinguishable from conventional tile, clay, and shingles. They are also sustainable and make much less of an impact on the environment. In addition, it is recyclable, whereas other roofing products cannot be recycled and don’t break down organically.
There is no doubt that metal roofs last longer than other roof types. The average life expectancy of a metal roof is two to four times longer than shingles. A metal roof can last 50 years or more. In addition, metal roofing materials have a Class A fire rating – the most resistant. They are non-combustible and will not cave in if the structure is on fire.
The one con that seems to exist is the cost, which is initially higher than other roofing materials. However, the durability makes this a moot point if you plan to live in your home for a long time, then it is cost-effective.
Passage Island Construction can help you select the right roof for your home.