A brand-new roof is one of the biggest investments you can make in your Florida home. Not only does a new roof protect your home against the elements, but the roof can also boost your home’s curb appeal and resale value. As with any major investment, you expect your roof to last for the long run.
When you consider the material you want, you’re not limited to the typical asphalt shingle roofs that are commonplace on most homes. When it comes to durability and longevity, few materials match up to metal.
Today’s modern metal roofing systems offer a wide variety of styles and colors to match nearly any type of residential home. These roofs have plenty of benefits to consider when choosing between a metal roof and other materials.
1. Better Longevity
Every roofing system has a finite lifespan. However, some materials are better suited for standing the test of time. According to Home Advisor, the average asphalt shingle roof offers a lifespan of 15 to 20 years. A well-kept asphalt roof using the best possible materials can last for 40 years or more.
Metal roofs offer a significantly longer service life in comparison to asphalt shingles. You can expect your metal roof panels to last up to 70 years under normal circumstances. With the right amount of care and maintenance, your new metal roof can last for the entire life of your home.
2. Lighter Weight
Most things made from metal tend to be on the heavy side, so the idea of cladding an entire roof in metal panels may sound strange. In fact, a common worry among many homeowners is that a metal roof would be too heavy for their home to safely support. The reality is that metal roof panels are much lighter than you’d expect them to be.
The weight of a typical metal roof panel can vary depending on the type of metal used and the thickness or gauge of the panel itself. Metal roof panels weigh an average of 1.5 pounds per square foot. In stark comparison, an asphalt shingle roof can weigh anywhere from 2 to 4 pounds per square foot.
If your home can support a traditional asphalt roof, your home can easily accommodate the weight of a metal roofing system. Metal roof panels are also ideal for metal-over-asphalt shingle re-roofing projects. Metal roofs placed over existing asphalt shingle roofs pose little concern for the underlying roof structure due to their low weight.
3. Reduced Maintenance
Every roof needs regularly scheduled maintenance, but some need maintenance more often than others. Several types of damage can happen to an asphalt roof, for instance. Individual shingles can curl up, lose their granules, and eventually crumble apart. Metal flashing can come undone due to natural stresses while algae growth takes hold of your roof.
When compared to a typical asphalt roof, a metal roof suffers fewer issues and requires less maintenance than its counterpart. Metal roofing systems are also simpler to care for. As long as you look out for corrosion and paint wear, you can keep your metal roof in great shape without much effort.
4. Increased Resale Value
The installation of a metal roof can do more than just protect your home. Your new metal roof can also increase your home’s resale value by as much as 6 percent versus a typical asphalt roof. A metal roof may cost more than a comparable asphalt roof, but you can recoup up to 95 percent of your installation costs if you decide to sell your home.
5. Improved Hurricane Resistance
Florida is well-known for its severe weather. With hurricane season in full swing, think about how well your home’s roof can stand up to hurricane-force winds. Hurricane winds can blow in excess of one hundred miles per hour, making short work of any roofing system that’s not designed to withstand these extreme forces.
A well-designed and properly installed standing seam metal roof can resist uplift forces caused by strong hurricane winds. Standing seam metal roofs are also capable of withstanding impacts from hail and flying debris. A similar asphalt roof may not be able to resist these forces and remain intact.
6. Reduced Energy Costs
Asphalt roofs are notorious for absorbing heat. On a typical Florida summer day, the extra heat can cause your home’s air conditioning to work harder, resulting in wasted energy and a higher electricity bill. Metal roofs reflect heat away from your home instead of absorbing it. Over the long run, a metal roof can help you cut up to a quarter of your cooling costs.
With over 50 years of experience on hand, the professionals at Acoma Roofing, Inc., can take care of your Tampa Bay area roofing needs. Contact us today and learn more about the benefits of metal roofing.