Your home’s roof is the first, and arguably most important, line of defense against damage from wind, water, pests and sun; however, roofing is one of those responsibilities that many homeowners don’t think about until it needs to be repaired or replaced. Even fewer realize just how many options are available when it comes to roofing materials. Metal roofs have become more popular for residential and commercial projects in recent years due to the quality of performance and durability they provide. A metal roof can be made to imitate a look similar to other types of roofs, too, so there’s no aesthetic sacrifice, and they’re virtually maintenance-free once installed.
To help you make a well-informed decision regarding your next roof, here is your guide to metal roofs in Florida.
Any coastal resident is acutely aware of the damage hurricanes and tropical storms can cause to a structure and want to do what we can to protect our investment and feel safe in our home during extreme weather.
Able to withstand wind gusts up to 140 mph, metal roofing can stand up to Florida storms better than other roofing materials. Being non-porous, the material also resists leaks, moisture damage and rot.
A certified expert can go over the best roofing choices for your home. Serving Sarasota, Manatee & Hillsborough Counties, Bradenton-based AKVM experts are extensively trained in the installation and inspection of these protective roofs, leaving you feeling safe and secure in good weather and bad.
Metal roofing panels can help keep your home cooler with the implementation of proper venting. In addition, metal roofs can be highly reflective and emissive. Reflective materials act to bounce light away from your roof, while emissivity refers to the heat energy that is radiated away from the material.
In Florida’s tropical climate, a highly reflective material like metal can play a large role in protecting your roof from the damaging effects of the sun’s ultraviolet light and heat.
Additionally, the energy efficiency of metal roofing means that your insurance company may offer discounts to you for switching to a metal roof. Call your insurance representative to see if you qualify for discounts.
Rats, bats and squirrels, oh my!
Nobody likes a rodent infestation. Metal roofing is unattractive to these sneaky pests, as it’s impossible for them to penetrate, serving as a protective barrier between you and those not-so-cuddly critters.
You might not necessarily love the metal look, or a plain white roof, and that’s ok! There are more options than ever when it comes to profiles and coatings that contribute to reflecting and radiating away the sun’s heat.
Metal roofing can imitate the aesthetic of wood shake, slate, asphalt or tile. These expansive options in the look of your roof allow you to achieve the look that you want without sacrificing any of the benefits of metal roofing materials. Simply put, many different metal roof profiles and finishes to choose from means that you can have the metal roof without the metal look.
If you're considering a new metal roof for your home or business, call AKVM to request a free quote. We offer top industry knowledge, expert installation and competitive prices. Financing is available.
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New Roof vs. Repair
Metal roofing is a premium home product. That being said, there are many different options when it comes to metal roofing, so the pricing can vary widely. In general, you can expect your new metal roof to cost roughly two to three times what an asphalt shingle roof costs, all things considered. Obviously, there are many factors that can affect pricing, such as the type & gauge of metal, your geographic location, and the paint/coating options you’ve chosen. AKVM strives to alleviate the burden of cost by offering competitive financing on your new roof, as well as providing the sense of security that comes with its warrantied installation and maintenance.
The largest cost involved in installation of your metal roof is labor. The superior durability of metal roofing means that installation of a metal roof can take significantly longer than a regular asphalt shingle roof and requires specialized skills and precision.
A roof with a larger square footage may warrant a lower per-square foot labor cost, while an excessive number of angles, chimneys, skylights, etc. will drive your price up, due to the extra material needed for the flashing, vents and pipe boots, as well as the extra time it takes to deal with the added complexity. In the Sarasota-Bradenton area, AKVM will provide a free in-person consultation so that your costs are clearly laid out before installation work begins.
When you’re considering cost, you must also consider value.
When you choose a metal roof, you will never have to buy a roof again; most metal roofs are guaranteed to last 30 – 50 years (compared to an asphalt roof’s average lifespan of 17 years).