Choosing a Metal Roofs vs. Shingles for a Florida Home
Updated: Mar 5
In Florida, metal roofing is one of the most energy-friendly and long-lasting roofs you can choose to install. Even though it has an upfront cost higher than asphalt shingles, there are some excellent reasons to consider metal roof panels. Consider nature's enemies to your roof. The five "H's":
high salt content.
With most of the list, the damage happens over time. However, high winds such as a hurricane or strong thunderstorm can damage a shingled roof instantly, blowing the roofing materials right off. Or the wind can loosen your shingles, allowing rainwater and moisture to get underneath and affect your roof deck. Hail can pit your shingles and cause the shingle granules to come off. Coastal beach homes like those in Daytona Beach, Flagler Beach, and New Smyrna Beach with shingles will be subject to salty air and humidity: a double whammy for roofing materials.
Today's asphalt shingles consist of multiple reinforced layers of asphalt, fiberglass or felt paper, and ceramic granules. They can stand up to a lot of Florida weather conditions. But, even with new technology, missing shingles after a storm can lead to your hard-earned money spent on roof leak repairs. With regular roof maintenance, you might get 15-20 years out of your roof shingles if your insurance company allows it!
Have your roof replacement done using shingles will cost less. However, if you are planning to stay in your Florida home for a long time, installing a metal roof could save you money over time. Even if you sell your home, homes with metal roofing typically sell for more. Nobody likes to buy a home and have to install a new roof.
How else can metal roofing save you money?
Energy: it reflects the rays of the sun off your roof
Insurance premiums: your home insurance may go down
Less likely to lift off or be damaged during a storm
Metal roofing comes with a great warranty.
With regular care, metal roofs can last up to 50 years, even in Florida weather. The galvanized steel is coated with zinc and roll-formed into corrugated sheets. Metal roofing is rated for fire, high winds, and hard rain damage. It is reinforced to withstand the high humidity and stormy climate we experience in Daytona Beach, Ormond Beach, and New Smyrna Beach.
Having a metal roof installed just makes sense for coastal areas and hot, sunny Florida. They are treated and resistant to corrosion. To find out if metal roofing is right for your home or commercial building, contact Joe at Triangle Roofing Ormond Beach today!