Metal roofs are gaining popularity more and more each year. The value of metal roofs in Miami is undeniable in the hot Florida sun.
It seems like just 5 to 10 years ago a homeowners only option for roofing was asphalt shingles or asphalt shingles. There were not many other options available, and if you wanted them, you had to pay big bucks for them.
Asphalt and composition shingles do have one good point. They are dead cheap the first time you install them. However they need replaced regularly and need regular maintenance.
We are in a new era of better products, metal roofing. Metal roofing products are better for numerous reasons.
Here are my top 10 reasons why metal roofing is better in no particular order:
Maintenance free: will not crack, rust, or rot
Resists Streaking and staining
Never needs cleaning
Will not burn and protects against flying embers from wildfires and more
Will not absorb water and become waterlogged
Will not rot or support insect infestation
Most come with a lifetime warranty
Made from 95% post-consumer recycled aluminum
Reflective pigment coatings keep attics naturally cooler, cutting energy costs
Wide selection of colors and styles
Gone are the days of stinky and sticky tar and asphalt roof jobs in the hot Miami sun!
Gone are the days of re-shingling your roof in the Florida humidity!
But right now, I want to talk about what IS hot with metal roofing. Specifically what is on trend right now.
After all, the last thing we want is for your house to stick out like a sore thumb. No one wants to be the gaudy house in the neighborhood right?
Metal Roof Design
If you have looked at houses in your neighborhood with metal roofs, they are probably of the standing seam variety. Standing seam metal roofs typically have panels that run vertically up the roof. Continuous panels run from the ridge of the roof all the way down to the eaves.
Between the panels are seams connected by fasteners which are raised above the level of the metal roofing. This is where we get the term standing seam, because the seam is raised or standing, and is a prominent feature of this particular roof.
One great advantage of standing seam metal roofs are the seams themselves. Typically the weak point in any roof and a potential entry point for moisture, the seams are raised above the level of the roofing panel.
Because the metal panels run unhindered from the top to the bottom of the roof, not only are there no horizontal seams but in total, the roof has a far fewer number of seams.
Colors For Your Metal Roof
Metal roofs can be constructed in any color you want. That is one of the greatest features. You are no longer limited to grey, black, or blacker.
The most popular colors of metal roofing are popular for one very great reason. Money, or more specifically, how much they can save you.
White is the most popular color in Miami, Florida for metal roofing right now followed closely by any of our light colored finishes. White, and anything light colored, are popular because they are reflective. Anyone that has lived under the Miami sun can tell you how important this factor is.
Being reflective will save homeowners substantially in two different ways.
The FPL Rebate is an incentive being offered by Florida Power & Light Company for qualifying homeowners. If you install a reflective metal roof by a participating independent contractor of your choice they will walk you through the rebate process.
You just need to make sure your material complies with Energy Star standards or the Cool Roof Rating Council’s standards. (FYI, our metal roof products meet these requirements, but mention you are after this rebate so we can make sure and provide you the best resources).
The annual energy savings would be approximately $200 based on energy costs of 12 cents/kilowatt hour. – Per the FPL website.
Don’t miss out on the hot trends right now for some cool savings and a much more comfortable home.