While asphalt shingles have been the traditional American roofing material choice for decades, they’re not always well suited for coastal climates. Severe weather, salty air, and sun exposure are all factors that influence the lifespan of asphalt shingles. As a result, many Central Florida homeowners opt for a more durable material, like metal roofing, which is better suited to withstand the area’s climate.
Thanks in large part to their durability, longevity, and a number of other factors, metal roofs have become more and more popular over the years. If you’re thinking about upgrading your roofing system to something a bit more durable, or are contemplating the best material for new construction roofing, it might be helpful to read about some of the pros and cons associated with metal roofs.
Benefits Of A Metal Roofing System
They Last A Long Time
One of the best things about purchasing a metal roof is it may very well be the last roof you’ll ever need to purchase. Many consumers turn to metal roofs because they simply lasts a long time. A good metal roof will typically go for 40 to 70 years before it needs replaced. Compare this with traditional asphalt shingles, which only last between 15 and 30 years. While metal roofs are more expensive than asphalt shingles, you’re ultimately paying for the longer lifespan. Add in the 30 to 50 year manufacturer’s warranty that accompanies most metal roofs and you can feel confident that another roof replacement won’t be required for quite some time.
They Are Durable
Safety and security are of the utmost importance, especially during severe Florida weather. Metal roofs provide a bit of extra security. They’re often capable of withstanding wind speeds of over 110 miles per hour, and can easily handle strong winds, hail, and debris. Additionally, many types of metal roofs are able to withstand corrosion, which is important in a salty air climate. These factors make metal roofs a great option for Florida weather, or really any hurricane-prone climate.
Metal is also one of the few materials that is actually fire resistant. Additionally, because it’s much lighter than other roof materials (like slate and tile), there is less of a chance of the roof collapsing if a fire does occur.
In addition to weather and elements, metal roofs are also able to withstand moss, algae, fungus and other unwanted plant growth, which typically occurs on asphalt shingles. They’re also less susceptible to pests, and damage from other forms of wildlife.
They Are Environmentally Friendly
Metal roofs are considered to be much more sustainable than asphalt shingles. In fact, according to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, metal roofing is the most eco-friendly roofing material. Many roofs contain anywhere from 25% to 40% recycled materials, and the roof itself can also be recycled.
Another reason why metal roofs are great for Florida climates is that metal roofs have the highest level of solar reflectivity of any roofing material. In other words, metal roofing reflects the sun instead of absorbing it, which reduces the amount of heat transfer into your home. The less heat that enters your the less your air conditioning unit has to work to keep your house cool. Not only does this improve energy-efficiency, but it also reduces your utility costs.
Disadvantages Of A Metal Roofing System
They Can Be Expensive
While pricing of metal roofs can really vary, on average, they’re much more expensive than asphalt shingles. Costs can range anywhere from $120 to $900 per 100 square feet. This price tag could be even more depending on the type of metal material you select. Depending on your roofing contractor, installation might also be a bit more expensive, as the process requires different skills and training than typical asphalt installation. As a result, it’s always a good idea to go with a contractor that specializes in metal roofing.
They Can Be Dented
While metal roofs are durable, they are still susceptible to dents from large hail, falling trees, or debris from hurricane winds. In some cases, walking on a metal roof can even cause damage. Some of this is contingent on the type of metal roofing material you select. For example, aluminum and copper are “softer” than steel.
They Have A Noisy Reputation
Metal roofs have the reputation of being loud during periods of heavy rain or hail. While they might be slightly noisier than other roofing materials, it’s generally not as noticeable as some people think. However, if you are worried about extra noise, consider adding extra sheathing or attic insulation in order to minimize sound.
Types Of Metal Roofing
While the term “metal roof” may sound pretty self-explanatory, there are actually several different types of metal roofing material. The type of material you choose should be largely dependent on your location and budget. Below are three of the most common metal roofing materials for residential homes.
- Aluminum roofs are one of the most popular metal roofing materials, and are often considered the best option for coastal climates. It’s not the cheapest metal roofing material, but it’s also not the most expensive. The best thing about aluminum is it’s especially effective at resisting corrosion that occurs from salty sea climate air.
- Copper is a classic metal roofing material that has been used for centuries; however, it’s much more expensive than aluminum. It’s a softer metal, which means it may be a little less noisy compared to some other roofing materials, but also may be more prone to denting from large hail or tree branches.
- Steel is among the least expensive metal roofing options. It’s more solid than aluminum and copper, which makes it better able to withstand hail and denting.
While metal roofs are more expensive, durability, longevity, and reduced energy bills can all help you realize a cost savings over time. If you’re thinking about how a metal roof can benefit your Oviedo home, it’s important to find a contractor that has experience with metal roofing systems. Contact us at Native Building Services & Roofing today. We install metal roofs with only the best materials and equipment.