The Pros and Cons of Metal Roofs in Florida
Metal roofs in Florida are all the rage. But if you haven’t looked into metal roofing recently, you might be wondering about the benefits that have caused metal roof replacements to grow in popularity. Just in the past decade, Florida has seen a dramatic increase in the number of metal roofs that have been installed on homes and commercial properties!
But just what are all of the pros and cons of this type of roof? Are metal roofing panels the best investment for your home?
There are many different types of metal roofs (something we’ll be covering next month), but today we’re going to look at the guaranteed benefits that you’ll find in every standing seam, corrugated, and r-panel metal roof.
A Roof that You Can Count on for Decades
Did you know that metal roofs last longer than shingle roofing or any other type of roofing system? That’s right. One of the best reasons for investing in this popular roofing type is huge. When properly installed, metal roofs can last over 50 years. That goes above and beyond the life expectancy of a shingle roof (which is only 15 years at best).
In a state where you’re facing hurricanes, humidity, heat, and wind, you want a roof that is designed to keep it together through any weather conditions. A metal roof is the perfect material to last through the years, even in the worst Florida climate. With proper maintenance (and some pressure washing), your metal roof could last a lifetime.
Weather Any Storm
When it comes to your roof, metal is one of the most resilient materials on the market. In Florida, this is particularly important. You don’t want to be picking pieces of your roof off of your neighbor’s lawn after a hurricane – and you won’t have to with a metal roof. The wind resistant, tight design, and sturdy material are all designed specifically to prevent any of the paneling from flying away during a storm.
Lower Your Power Bills…with the Roof?
Believe it or not, your increased air conditioning costs might not have to do with a high-heat summer or a failing system. On sunny days, asphalt shingles are a huge contributor to the heat in your home. They suck up the heat from the sun and retain it through the day, raising your power bill through the cost of cooling the home.
But a metal roof is reflective and dissipates heat efficiently, meaning that it can play a big part in preventing your home from heating up. Of course, you won’t be able to get rid of your air conditioner altogether, but you’ll certainly be glad to shave some bucks off your cooling costs every month.
The Downside of Homes with Metal Roofs
Metal roofs are energy efficient, long-lasting, and great for hurricanes. Florida homeowners love the wind resistance and lifespan of metal roof systems over of asphalt shingles, but the benefits of an outstanding roofing material comes at a price – literally.
The biggest downside of metal roofing is that it is more expensive to install, even with the help of insurance companies. Many homeowners have to weigh the long-term benefits against a high price tag. But in most cases, it is a decision that you won’t regret (especially once you see how it holds up during summer storms, hail, and hurricanes!).