There’s nothing like living in Florida with its sunny days and warm temperatures … sometimes too warm. Cooling costs can be a huge expense when it comes to our homes. Most of us worry about the efficiency of our air conditioning systems when we think of staying cool and comfortable. But it might surprise you to know the first line of defense against the heat is your home’s roof. Great roofing systems not only protect your home from the elements, but they should include reflecting—not storing and absorbing—the sun’s radiant heat.
If it’s time to put a new roof on your home consider a metal roofing system. Metal roofing is one of the fastest growing segments of home improvement—more than quadrupling its market share over the past decade. There are many reasons to consider a metal roof for your home:
Durability and Longevity – Even the best asphalt shingle has a lifespan of 20-25 years. Properly installed, a metal roof should last 50+ years. With their interlocking panels, metal roofing not only seals out the weather, but it resists high winds and is a great way to protect your home from the tropical storms that blow through Florida. And because metal roofing is noncombustible, they are resistant to mildew, insects, rot and fire. Metal roofing can also withstand impact from falling objects such as hail or tree limbs without causing damage to the roof. Many people worry that metal roofing will increase the chance of a lightning strike, but this is not the case. In fact, if lightning does strike your home, metal roofing acts as a Faraday Cage and disperses the charge over a larger area.
Weight – Compared with tile at 750-900 pounds per square, metal roofing is lightweight. Most varieties run from 50 to 150 pounds per square. Low weight metal products often times mean they can be installed over existing roofing materials which eliminates the extra cost and hassle associated with tearing off the old shingles. The low weight load of the metal roof extends the life of you home and with new construction, it means you can often downsize or reduce the number of roof support members.
Minimal Roof Pitch – In homes with a minimal roof pitch of 3 inches for every horizontal foot, metal roofing won’t present a leaking potential.
Major Design Element – With many materials, colors and even patterns of panels, metal roofing can add a distinctive and authentic look to your home. There are beautiful designs and many color options to complement different architectural styles. Whether you’re looking to put a roof on your lake cottage, your contemporary home or a century old farmhouse, there’s a color and design scheme that will work for you.
Environmental Benefits – Metal roofing is the only truly green material in the roofing industry because it uses the least amount of resources during its manufacturing process, contains no petroleum products and can always be recycled. Unlike traditional shingles, metal roofing is made from 95% recycled content and has a minimal carbon footprint. With its ability to reflect radiant heat, it cuts attic temperatures by 34%, which helps to cut down your overall cooling costs. Since it can be installed over most existing roofs, metal roofing eliminates the need for landfill disposal of the old materials. And metal roofing lends itself well to rain water harvesting. With its smooth, clean surface, water requires much less filtering than water harvested from shingled roofs and there’s no worry of small chemical particles being left behind.
So, consider metal roofing. While the initial outlay for metal roofing is more expensive than that of an asphalt shingle, a large percentage of the costs can be recouped through lower cooling and maintenance costs and you have the added benefit of knowing your metal roof will maintain its beauty and last a lifetime.