Getting a new roof is one of the best investments you can make in your Central Florida home.
A new roof means greater peace of mind. You’ll be more protected from the dangers of our notorious hurricane season. On top of that, you are much less likely to lose your homeowner’s insurance due to your roof’s age. A new roof is a commitment, but it can save you money in the long run.
Most Central Florida homes use shingle roofing. Shingle roofing has long been popular because of the variety of colors and, of course because it is well-understood by homeowners and roofing professionals alike.
But every roof is different, and the right roofing material brings you performance qualities that you just can’t get anywhere else. A good metal roof is worlds away from even a premium quality shingle roof.
Residential Metal Roofing Is Central Florida’s Next Big Trend
Living in Central Florida, you’ve almost certainly seen metal roofing on agricultural buildings such as barns or grain silos. These roofs are strong, but they look pretty plain. Residential metal roofing is a completely different product that provides both beauty and security to your home.
Let’s take a closer look at the advantages of metal roofing:
1. Metal Roofing Helps Lower Your Cooling Bills
Most shingle roofs are designed with reflective granules that help repel some level of solar radiation. But only a small amount of it is deflected. A residential metal roof maximizes your ability to leverage its reflective qualities. Around 50% of solar heat is diverted away from your home by a quality metal roof.
What does this mean in practical terms? When your roof is overheated, it suppresses the natural heat cycle of your home. Instead of rising up through the structure and eventually escaping, heated air can become trapped. This may create sweltering temperatures all throughout the building.
With a metal roof, you are cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. Overall, that can lead to saving hundreds of dollars a year as less energy is used on temperature management. Your HVAC system won’t have to work nearly as hard to keep you comfortable all year long.
2. Metal Roofing Is Impervious to Most Hazards
Modern metal roofs are designed so rain will run right off them without a hitch. Even if the temperature drops and you end up with hail, most hail stones leave nothing but a superficial scratch on a metal roof.
Metal roofs are highly resistant to the development of mold and mildew. Animals such as birds, roof rats, and squirrels prefer shingle roofs to metal roofing as there are fewer places for them to set up a nest or burrow. Due to the shape of the roof, it can even be easier to clean than a shingle roof.
Every year, Central Florida residents need to watch out for the risk of fire. When the weather is dry, a single spark can have catastrophic consequences. Shingle roofs are treated to be fire resistant, but an errant spark could still catch ablaze. A metal roof, on the other hand, easily repels a burning ember.
On top of all that, it can last 50 years or more.
3. A Metal Roof Is Easier to Maintain
If you have a shingle roof in Central Florida, it’s critical to have it examined by an expert once a year. Ideally, this happens a few months before the start of Atlantic hurricane season – long enough so any issues can be addressed before the weather turns.
A metal roof requires less maintenance. It is perfectly safe to get your roof inspected every other year instead of every year. Even the worst weather is most likely to leave no lasting impact. If a roofing panel does get damaged, it can be replaced quickly without disrupting any of the surrounding panels.
Metal roofs of the “standing seam” variety include extra reinforcement around the fastening areas where different panels join together. In any roofing system, the fasteners are the biggest structural weakness. Reinforcement helps ensure the roof’s durability for years to come.
Discover the Power of Residential Metal Roofing with Sheegog Contracting
At Sheegog Contracting, we’re proud to be one of the leading names that helped introduce the concept of residential metal roofing into Central Florida. To truly enjoy all the benefits, it’s essential to choose a local roofing contractor with plenty of experience installing a metal roof.
We will be glad to help you maximize your roof’s value. Contact us to find out more or get started with your new roof in Central Florida.