Over the life of your home or buildingsroofing system metal roofing is actually far more cost effective.
A metal roof can save money in several ways. Energy efficiency can amount to major savings in energy costs up to 25%. Many homeowners find metal roofing will lower insurance costs. You may qualify for up to a 35% discount on your homeowner’s insurance if your metal roofing meets Underwriters Laboratories UL 2218 specifications for impact resistance, or is rated Class A, B, or C for fire resistance. Contact your home insurance company for more information.
Architectural metal roofing is timeless, vertical panels have been around for hundreds of years and if a classic metal roofing style is not your cup of tea… modern residential metal roofing can be made to look exactly like roofing materials commonly used today – whether that’s asphalt shingle, cedar shake, clay, tile, or slate roofing, but they are stronger and more durable. You are bound to find a style and color to match any home and neighborhood.
Over time, tile roofs become brittle and easily susceptible to hail damage. Concrete Tile also exhibits cracks and breaks during sever hail storms. Asphalt hail ratings vary greatly between manufacturers. Even severe, wind-driven hail is no match for our Class 4 rated metal roofs. Class 4 Hail Rating tested to FM4470.
Metals like steel are famed for their longevity and durability. You will find that a metal roof lasts two or three times as long as other roofing materials, and often longer. Metal roofs can last 50 to 75 years, or more. The average life of an asphalt roof is 12 to 20 years, depending on roof pitch and climate. Because asphalt is an organic material, it begins deteriorating as soon as it is exposed to weather, whereas a metal roof will last lifetimes.
You may have heard rain on metal roofs of commercial buildings or sheds that have open framing and little or no insulation. However, in a home, noise is reduced by attic space, proper attic insulation, roof decking material, and the texture of the metal roofing panels. When the roof is properly installed with solid sheathing, studies show that the level or rain noise inside the home is not noticeably different for metal than for other roofing materials.
Metal roofs have a built-in ability to withstand decades of extreme weather, including high winds, heavy snow, hailstorms, and wildfires. Metal roofing products like Roof Duck boast a 130-mph wind rating. In parts of the country that are prone to wildfires, metal roofing can protect your home from the danger of burning embers landing on your roof. Metal roofing is non-combustible and minimizes the threat of cave-ins that can occur with an interior house fire. With metal’s durability, a metal roof maintains its integrity and resistance to weather extremes over the long haul.
If you seek a green roofing solution, a metal roof provides many environmental benefits. Metal roofing is 100% recyclable when it is ultimately removed as part of building renovation or demolition. And its life-cycle is much longer than most roofing materials. Other roofing materials are routinely removed and disposed of by the ton in a landfill. A metal roof can often be installed directly onto an existing asphalt roof, further reducing landfill waste. According to the National Association of Homebuilders Research Center, twenty billion pounds of asphalt shingles are dumped into U.S. landfills annually.
Because of the unbeatable strengthto-weight ratio of metals like steel, a metal roof is usually about half as light as an asphalt shingle roof, and 1/4 the weight of concrete tile, or slate. Weight on a structure is not an issue with metal roofing
Most people do use cell phones in metal roofed buildings without giving it a second thought. That’s because many restaurants, banks, stores, and public buildings have a metal roof, or a metal deck beneath a flat roof, with no effect whatsoever on cell phone reception.
Metal roofing neither creates nor attracts lightning, and poses no additional lightning risk to the structures it protects. Lightning occurs from the highest object in an area, regardless of the material from which it is made. But if it was, it would most likely safely disperse the energy throughout the roofing system and since metal roofing is non-combustible it wouldn’t catch fire.
Rest assured it is possible to walk on a residential metal roof – with a reasonable amount of caution.
Yes! Proper ventilation is important to avoid moisture and heat build-up in the attic space or between the layers of the building envelope. It’s usually best to address ventilation at the same time as roofing.
No roof should ever be installed at a pitch lower than that recommended by its manufacturer. We have panels that can be used down to a 0.5 :12 roof pitches. Please call for details.
Yes, underlayment is required by the Florida Building Code. For new construction we typically use a 60 MIL high temp peel and stick. For metal re-roofs, we use a D226 rated synthetic, it acts as a slip sheet and helps protect the back side of the metal from any rough granulated shingles.
Our painted panels are coated with high performance Kynar 500 paint system, the same specialty material used on bridges and skyscrapers. It is specifically engineered for fade resistance to last a lifetime. Ask about our 30-year fade warranty.
Residential metal roofs installed on homes have lasted 80 to 100 years with little more than periodic maintenance. With the advanced polymer coatings like Kynar used over the metal substrate, as well as the modern metallic alloys, today’s premium metal roofs deliver outstanding rust resistance. Ask about our 0.032 Aluminum Rust Proof Roof.
In general, metal roofs reflect solar energy, and pigments in the specialized paint coating re-emit heat from the sun’s rays. This minimizes heat retention on the surface of the roof, so less heat is transferred into the building’s structure. Compared to common asphalt singles, metal experiences much less heat gain.