For a long time, your only option for low cost roofing materials was asphalt shingles or…asphalt shingles. Any other choices were very expensive-tile, clay or slate. Not long ago, metal roofs were only a figment of the imagination in the minds of average homeowners. Most were confined to commercial buildings or very cool, avant-garde residential structures. Now, you’re seeing them pop up on every block. Metal roofs are somewhat more expensive than asphalt shingles, but for durability, very low maintenance and longevity, they are worth the little extra cost.
PROS AND CONS OF METAL ROOFS
- Standing Seam: The seams in any roof are the point-of-entry for any moisture damage. The great thing about metal roofs is that they have a seam that is a half inch to one and a half inches above the roof itself. This raised seam that seals the panels of the roof together is higher than the roof, therefore, higher than the water running off the roof.
- Fewer Seams: The panels of a metal roof run solid from the top to the bottom so there are only vertical seams, no horizontal ones to catch and trap water.
- Climate Friendly: The US Environmental Protection Agency recognizes metal roofs as “cool roofs”. This is because the metal can be painted any color, including light colors which will prevent solar heat gain. A metal roof can actually help keep your Florida home cool.
- Colors: As already mentioned, metal roofs can come in light, sun-reflecting colors. However, they also come in a wide choice of colors. In the north, greens, browns and reds are popular. They come in a much wider variety of colors than standard asphalt shingles.
- Fewer Roofing Contractors: There are not nearly the number of licensed roofers to install a metal roof as there are for an asphalt shingle roof. You may find yourself on a wait list and it may be harder to find a licensed roofer.
- No Flat Roofs: Metal roofs are not advised for flat roofs. Most systems need at minimum a 2 foot vertical rise for every 12 feet of horizontal rise. There are some systems, however, that can actually work well with only a 6 inch rise for every 12 feet. These have seams that are raised 2 inches. (These low pitches [6 inch to 2 feet] are not advisable for any type of asphalt shingles.)
- Cost: Metal is a moderate-cost roofing material. As previously mentioned, it is a little more expensive than conventional shingles, yet the higher cost can be recouped over its longer lifespan.
Premier Roofing in Orlando, Florida, is the company to call when you are considering a metal roof for your Florida residence or business. They specialize in metal roofs and have been in business for nearly 20 years. When you select an Orlando roofer to work with, integrity and quality are prime factors to consider. Premier Roofing is the company you can count on to do the job right.