Metal roofing on residential homes is not for everyone. A poorly chosen, poorly installed metal roof could remind you of some old Florida farm building — definitely not the look most homeowners want.
Yet, a properly installed, carefully selected metal roof will add beauty, value, and curb appeal to your home. And it won’t be just the short term, but this value will last for decades.
Is a Metal Roof Better Than Shingles?
For durability, wind resistance, fire resistance, and long-lasting beauty, metal roofing is far superior to fiberglass-asphalt shingles.
Metal is not combustible. Fiberglass-asphalt shingles have as a major component combustible asphalt, derived from petroleum, the same raw material in gasoline and fuel oil.
Metal roofs usually are installed with interlocking panels and, in Florida, hurricane clips which keep the entire roof firmly fastened to your roof deck (rafters and joists).
Is a Metal Roof Worth the Money?
According to Home Advisor, the national average cost of a high-end shingle roof in 2018 was $8,400. Such a roof may last 20 years. A metal roof will usually outlast three consecutive shingle reroofs.
Against a one-time investment in a metal roof, you could be looking at two or three pricey shingle roof replacements for your Florida home.
Metal roofs lower cooling costs because they are highly energy efficient. They prevent heat absorption due to their reflectance and the airspace between sheathing and metal. Saving on cooling costs in Florida is a lifetime benefit of metal roofing.
Will a Metal Roof Leak?
No roof is waterproof. Roofs are water resistant, but a metal roof ups the armor by providing a sturdy waterproof material (metal) coated with a water-resistant finish (paint and coating).
The expertise of professional roofers is key to preventing roof leaks. This is true with any roofing material. With metal roofing, opportunities for leaks are minimized because of the large expanses of metal with no seams. Where seams are necessary, they are usually hidden or connected with waterproof mechanical fasteners.
Can Metal Roofing be Recycled?
Metal roofing, unlike nearly everything else in the building industry, is 100 percent recyclable. From the metal sheets to rivets to nuts and bolts, everything coming off a metal roof can be recycled.
Half a century later, your luxury home’s metal roof can be recycled after outlasting the neighbors’ fiberglass-asphalt shingles three to one.
Will a Metal Roof Attract Lightning?
A little learning is a dangerous thing, especially when many adults remember elementary school science. Metal is an electrical conductor. Lightning seems attracted to metal, and Florida has plenty of electrical storms.
Yet according to experts at Building Construction & Design, metal roofs attract lightning no more often than any other structure. When lightning does strike a metal roof, the roof offers more protection than other materials.
Lightning strikes depend more on elevation than material, as lightning seeks the path of least resistance to send electricity from the atmosphere to earth.
A metal roof is superior to other roofing materials in its ability to send the charge harmlessly into the earth (the biggest electrical sink possible). In stone, wood and brick homes, the electrical charge can wreak havoc with wiring, interior walls, and floors.
In Florida, though most building codes do not require them, a conscientious homeowner could consider a lightning protection system (LPS) no matter the roofing material used.
How Long Will Metal Roofing Last?
The twin secrets of metal roofing’s longevity do not lie in the material alone, as often believed. The roof is durable because of:
- The finish applied to the metal roofing during manufacture
- Correct installation by highly trained crews who cut no corners to do the job properly
Take the thinnest, cheapest metal (metal shingles are often made of very thin aluminum) and coat it with primer, paint, and reflective finish. It will outlast a fiberglass-asphalt shingle solely because of its surface protection.
Take a more substantial metal in 27-gauge or thicker and it will not only retain its lustrous look for decades, but it will also easily outlast any three fiberglass-asphalt shingle roofs. This is because strong metal topped with a superior finish will simply not weather the way other roofing materials do.
In the hands of expert installers, high-end metal roofing can be installed flawlessly, preventing wind uplift, oil canning, water infiltration, insect damage, and fire. Such a durable metal roof can easily outlast generations of families living under it.
The many advantages of a metal roof make metal roofing an excellent choice for high-value Florida homes. The beauty, luxury, and longevity of metal roofing can complement your home while putting your mind at ease. The safety, energy efficiency, and weather resistance of a strong, well-installed metal roof is unmatched. Protect your investment and preserve your peace of mind. Contact Imperial Roofing Contractor today to find out more about this superb choice for luxury Florida residences.