Facts About Metal Roofs
A metal roof withstands much stronger winds than asphalt shingles. The 2004 hurricane season convinced many Florida residents to go with metal roofs. In some areas the only undamaged roofs were metal roofs.
Metal roofing greatly surpasses the benefits of traditional roofing such as asphalt and wood shingles. Although metal roofing may cost more to install, the long term benefits often make the cost difference of little significance.
Metal roofs usually cost more initially but the savings start to pile up in the long run. Some insurance companies will offer discounts of up to 30% to homeowners with metal roofs. Cooling energy costs are also often reduced because of the reflective values of light colored metal roofs. Metal roofs will last much longer than shingles and have less maintenance. The long durable life of metal backed with warranties make a metal roof a great long term investment.
Metal roofs withstand damage from hail storms, unlike asphalt shingles, which are quickly damaged during a hail storm. Unlike most other roofing materials, a metal roof does not break, crack, or dent.
Areas prone to forest fires frequently encourage the use of metal roofing. California residents testify to the fire resistance of metal roofs. Some homes with metal roofs were the only ones standing after the firestorms of 2003. Hot embers driven by the wind quickly ignite shingle roofs. Metal roofs resist hot embers much longer. The California Insurance Institute recommends metal roofing as one method of reducing the risk of home destruction from forest fires.