If you are ready to install a new roof on your Tampa Bay home, have many options, including a shingle roof , a tile roof , or a metal roof. You might have heard good things about metal roofing , but if you don’t know a lot about them, it’s wise to learn as much as you can before you make a decision. Your roofer at Dynasty Building Solutions is well-equipped to talk to you about the pros and cons of the different types of roofing. If you live in Tampa, you might find that it’s actually the perfect roofing material for you – or you might decide that a different material is better.
Metal Roofs Are Not Prone to Leaks
Roof leaks can be a major problem for homeowners. Even small leaks can contribute to serious and expensive property damage to everything from your rafters or trusses to your ceiling, walls, flooring and more. Roof leaks can also lead to mold and mildew growth inside your home, decreased energy efficiency and a host of other problems.
Of course, any type of roof can leak. However, when installed properly, metal roofing is less prone to leaks than some other roofing types. With traditional metal roofing , there are not as many seams, which means there is less of a chance of leaks occurring than with asphalt shingles. Leaks can still occur at the seams or in the areas where roofing screws are used. The right installation team can help ensure that your metal roof is installed properly so that leaks will not occur, and regular inspections can help you make sure that your roof does not leak and that it stays in tip-top shape.
Metal Roofs Can Handle High Winds
You probably already know that you cannot completely prepare your home for the devastating storms that can affect the area during hurricane season. However, it is probably important to you to use building materials that will help you protect your home from high winds during tropical storms and hurricanes. Also, if you live along the coast, you probably know that high winds can be a problem even when there isn’t a hurricane churning in the Gulf.
With asphalt shingles , there is the possibility of the shingles flying off of your roof during periods of tropical weather. Metal roofing, on the other hand, is considered by many to be the ideal roofing material for those who live in hurricane-prone areas or who are otherwise concerned about high winds.
Of course, even if you choose to have metal roofing installed on your home, there is the possibility of roof damage during a hurricane. Trimming your trees before a storm, putting away or securing loose items in your yard and even having roof reinforcements or hurricane straps installed can help you protect your roof during a major storm.
Corrosion Can Be a Problem With Metal Roofs
One downside of installing metal roofing on a home near the coast is the fact that the saltwater can affect it. Saltwater can contribute to corrosion of your metal roof over time, particularly if you live right on the water.
This does not mean that you should give up on the idea of installing metal roofing. Consider asking about metal roofing options that are made of corrosion-resistant materials, such as aluminum. You can also look for a metal roof that has been coated for added corrosion resistance.
Just make sure that you ask about your warranty; in some cases, the manufacturer’s warranty on a metal roof will not be valid if you live within a certain distance of the ocean. This is something that your Dynasty Building Solutions roofer will talk to you about.
Mildew Shouldn’t Affect Metal Roofs
Because of the hot and humid conditions, it’s common for mildew to grow on the sides of houses and the tops of roofs in Florida. In general, metal roofing is resistant to mildew, mold and algae growth.
If mildew, algae or mold start to grow on your metal roof , it should be quite easy to clean it off. You can use a gentle detergent and a little bit of bleach to clean your roof, or you can purchase a detergent that is designed for this purpose. You can also use a pressure washer to clean your metal roof, but make sure that you do not use higher pressure than is necessary so that you can avoid damaging it.
A Metal Roof Can Keep Your Home Cooler
Heat is definitely a concern in the Tampa area. Because metal roofing reflects the sun, it’s a solid choice for warmer climates.
The surface on the top of your roof may be many degrees cooler than it would be with other roofing materials. This means that your home can stay much cooler during hot summers and can help you save a lot of money on your cooling bills.
If you are particularly concerned about energy efficiency, consider having a cool metal roof installed. Cool metal roofing is designed to reflect the sun even more than a traditional metal roofing. It can help you keep your home much cooler and can save you a significant amount of money on your summer cooling bills.
Metal Roofing Lasts a Long Time
Installing a new roof on your home is a big investment. You are probably hoping that your roof will last for a long time so you will not have to pay for this type of major purchase again anytime soon. In comparison to many roofing options, metal roofing can last for many years. Even though it is a more costly roofing material than some options, you may find it worth the cost because of just how long it can last without needing to be replaced. Of course, as with any other type of roof, having it inspected regularly and staying on top of routine maintenance will help it last even longer.
It’s always smart to explore all of your options before installing new roofing on your home. Once you learn a little more about metal roofing, you might find that it’s an excellent option for your family. For more information about metal roofing and the other roofing options for your Florida home, contact us at Dynasty Building Solutions today.