BENEFITS OF METAL ROOFING IN FLORIDA
SUPERIOR STRENGTH AGAINST MOTHER NATURE
With all the damage that hurricanes and tropical storms can cause, you want strong materials installed correctly to protect your home. Compared to other residential roofing products, metal panels offer better tensile strength against debris impact and resistance to high winds. In Florida, it's been observed that metal roofs survived storms and hurricanes in the last few decades better than other roofing systems. (source: FloridaDisaster.org)
Metal is a relatively lightweight roofing material. This is important to note if additional structural support is needed, as is the case when switching to a heavier roofing material. Aging roofing materials, like concrete tile or shingle, have the capacity to become absorbent. This adds weight and stress to your roof, resulting in structural movement or even a collapsed roof!
ENERGY EFFICIENCY & TAX BENEFITS
Today's metal roofing panel manufactures aim to help keep buildings cooler. Florida Solar Energy Center states the two main features to look out for with efficient metal roofs or roof coating products is reflectivity and emissivity.
MANY STYLE OPTIONS
Metal roofing allows the homeowner to choose from a wide range of colors to match their tastes and the home's style. Premium coatings such as Kynar 500 resin-based finish, stand up to decades of sun without fading while adding a protective layer to prevent metal corrosion. With dozens of different panel profiles, you can achieve a look that's tropical, classic, or contemporary. Panels with added striations will also precent oil canning. Read more about oil canning here.
For added protection against UV rays, high temperatures, and even marine corrosion, specialty finishes can be applied to the panels. Factory applied finishes offer weather-ability or simply a fresh, new look. Silicone roof coating is also an option to restore flat or low-slope metal roofs by permanently sealing out water or blocking UV rays.
Metal roofing panels do not offer a cozy environment to pests like other roofing materials might. Metal panels make it unlikely for termites, rodents, and other pests to chew their way through. Metal roofs are also resistant to fire and decay. In coastal environments, Galvalume helps prevent rust and corrosion.