Metal Roofing in Miami – Frequently Asked QuestionsApr 09, 2013
If you’re a Miami homeowner and you’re considering a metal roof for your home, you probably have some questions. Below you’ll find the answers to the frequently asked questions we hear most often about metal roofing from homeowners like you.
Q. Does a metal roof cost more than a typical roof?
Because metal roofing is a premium home product, you can expect it to initially cost more than most asphalt shingle roofs and some clay and concrete tile roofs. But no matter what kind of metal roofing style you choose, you’ll never have to worry about your roof again. Most come with a true 30 to 50 year warranty. Plus, your new metal roof will add to the resale value of your home, save you money on your energy bills, and give you piece of mind that you’ll likely never have to re-roof again.
Q. I’m concerned that a metal roof won’t match my home and the roofing style in my neighborhood.
Today’s residential metal roofing is made to look extremely similar to other common roofing materials – such as asphalt shingles, cedar shakes, and clay tiles or slate roofing – only stronger, more durable, more energy efficient, and environmentally safe.
Q. How much longer will a metal roof last than common roofing like asphalt shingles or tiles?
You can expect a metal roof to last at least 2 to 3 times longer than a regular roof. In general terms, count on a metal roof lasting 40 to 60 years and beyond.
To put it in context, the average life span of an asphalt roof is 12 to 20 years. That lifespan can be shorter depending on the pitch of your roof and the climate in your area and other factors. Made of oil impregnated paper or fiberglass, asphalt begins to deteriorate as soon as you expose it to normal weather. A metal roof, however, will never decompose.
Q. Is a metal roof noisier in bad weather than asphalt shingles, cedar shakes, or tile and slate roofing?
When installed with solid sheathing, a metal roof on your home will silence noise from rain, hail and bad weather as well – if not better – than any other roofing material.
Q. How will a metal roof stand up to extreme weather?
A metal roof can withstand decades of abuse from extreme weather like high winds, heavy snow, hailstorms, and even wildfires. Some metal roofing systems have a 140-mph wind rating, meaning it can withstand wind gusts up to 140 miles per hour.
Q. Is a metal roof environmentally responsible?
Not only is metal roofing great for your home, it’s great for the environment. The recycled content of the steel in a metal roof is about 28% from production to installation to reuse – far superior to asphalt.
According to the National Association of Homebuilders Research Center, 20 billion pounds of asphalt shingles are dumped into U.S. landfills every year. If you loaded those shingles into tractor trailers, then lined them up end-to-end, they would make a line from New York City to Los Angeles, back to New York City again, then on to Chicago.
That’s a lot of wasted asphalt. Choosing a metal roof for your home is a HUGE help to our environment.
Q. Would a metal roof be too heavy for certain types of homes, or for smaller structures like a detached garage or porch?
You’ll be surprised to learn that a metal roof is, on average, 50% lighter than an asphalt shingle roof, and 75% lighter than concrete tile, fiber cement shakes and slate. With metal roofing, weight on a structure is never an issue.
If you have any questions – or are ready to install metal roofing on your Miami home – call our office today to schedule your complimentary consultation. (305) 671-9190