The Pros and Cons of Metal Roofs

Metal Roof in Orlando

Having a good roof on your home is especially important in Florida where there have been severe winter storms as well as warm days. One of the most popular roofs today are made of metal. Metal roofs are not only long-lasting but are known to have held up when winds have reached as high as 140 miles per hour. Metal roofs are easily installed by Orlando roofers.

The Pros

A comparison between metal and asphalt roofing:

  • Lasts longer (metal – 40/70 years – asphalt -12/20 years)
  • Will hold during high winds (asphalt shingles tend to tear off or buckle)
  • Safe (is fire resistant)
  • Energy efficient (reflects solar heat)
  • Resistant to mildew, rot, and insects
  • Low maintenance costs
  • Available in copper, tin, zinc, galvanized steel or copper
  • Lighter in weight
  • Can be installed on a minimal pitched roof

A great advantage of metal roofing is the opportunity to obtain a design that will fit your home construction beautifully. For example, you might choose Spanish or mission tile, wood shakes, slate, Victorian metal tiles, shingles or panels, whichever will best complete your overall look. Special designs, such as tiles, do not give the appearance of metal roofing. There are a number of colors available, so it is easy to match the color of your home.

The Cons

As with any type of investment, it is important to view the cons as well as the pros in any project of this magnitude:

  • Cost

Metal roofing is more expensive than most other materials, however, with its long-term durability, it is an investment that will pay off in the long run.

  • Noise

During a rainstorm, you might hear the sound of tapping on a metal roof. However, in Florida, that is usually not a huge problem. If you feel this might be an issue, there are structural barriers and sound-deadening insulation that can be used. Orlando roofers can give you information regarding this possibility.

  • Denting

Aluminum and copper metal roofing may dent if hit by a hard object as they are softer than steel. Some types are guaranteed not to dent so this is a good thing to check out when discussing what type of metal roofing to purchase.

  • Expansion/Contraction

Metal expands and contracts. If not properly installed with fastening systems to accommodate this movement, the metal can result in a wavy effect. Always check this out with your Orlando roofer.

  • Modification

Large metal panels can be difficult to match if they must be replaced. Individual shingles are much easier to replace.

Of course, it is important that you have experienced personnel when you are having this kind of roofing done. Always be sure the company you contact are licensed roofers in Orlando. Florida requires a licensed roofer to sit for two exams, have four years of experience and have general liability insurance. Thus you are assured that Orlando roofers will be able to examine your roof, provide you with information regarding metal roofs and provide a free estimate for installation.

At Janney Roofing, we will be happy to assist you in choosing a metal roof that will fit your home beautifully. As long-time licensed roofers in Orlando, we are well known for our excellent service in the Orlando area.