Big Al’s Roofing is eager and ready to help South Florida homeowners know their metal roofing options and have their new roof installed by our experienced, licensed contractors. Before we do any work on your property, we talk to you about what you are looking for in a roof’s performance, your budget, what look you want for your home, and how long your roofing project will take. Call us now at 305-771-0772 for your roofing needs in Southwest Ranches.
Metal Roof Downsides
Let’s address some of the challenges and their solutions when thinking about getting a metal roof. The first thing that homeowners point out is that metal roofing is much more expensive than ceramic tiles are other alternatives. While this is true, you should consider this an investment since a metal roof can last twice as long as a ceramic or asphalt tile roof.
Noisiness is another factor that homeowners share their concerns about when deciding on metal roofing. Broward County gets an average of 63 inches of rain per year, with most of it falling in June, July, August, and September. Although hail is rare, we still get it down here. The good news is that even though metal roofs are much noisier when heavy rain or hail is falling on them, there are sound-dampening products that can be installed in your roof to reduce noise. Choosing the right roofing fasteners not only helps prevent noise but can prevent your roofing sheets from moving ever so slightly every time raindrops impact them. They are also easier to inspect and replace during regular roof maintenance.
A final concern that people have when choosing metal roofs is quality. Nobody wants a roof that is going to rust or dent easily. The solution to this is to purchase higher-quality metal and hire a reputable company with years of experience in installation and regular maintenance. If your roof is not properly installed, no matter how good the material is, you will have issues. Big Al’s Roofing has served families in South Florida and the surrounding areas for years by providing professional storm and hail damage repair services. We have worked with homeowners who filed insurance claims for roof damage and are here to make the process simple and easy for you.
Advantages of Metal Roofing
Now that you understand the many ways that metal roofing disadvantages can be addressed, let’s look at the positive reasons to choose a metal roof. Metal roofs are environmentally friendly and consist of materials that contain between 25% to 95% recycled content. Plus, they last a lot longer than asphalt or ceramic shingles – depending on what type you choose, they could last for 40 to 70 years, maybe even longer.
You will love the energy savings you can enjoy when installing a metal roof. When you talk to us about your metal roof, we refer to its emissivity, reflectivity, and thermal resistance. Emissivity refers to how much it radiates the sun’s rays away; reflectivity refers to its ability to reflect heat; thermal resistance is a measurement of which a material resists heat flow. During your consultation, we will talk about your different options, your goals, and the best material to meet those goals.
Types of Metal Roofing
It’s hard to decide on the right roofing material for your home, and it’s understandably stressful for homeowners who know that this is a big investment. Big Al’s Roofing is here to help you understand the advantages and challenges with metal roofing, what to expect when getting your new roof installed, and what types of metal are available in Southwest Ranches to provide you the best protection for your Florida home.
Aluminum is one of the most popular metal roofing materials. If sustainability matters a lot to you, you’ll be happy to know that approximately 95% of aluminum roofing materials are made from recycled materials, which is why it’s becoming so popular. But sustainability isn’t the only reason why aluminum roofing is a great choice. It’s lightweight but extremely durable, doesn’t rust or corrode, and is less expensive than other metal roofing materials. It’s also abundantly available.
Unbelievably, zinc roofs can last up to a century or longer, depending on the climate and the quality of installation. Zinc roofs don’t require as much maintenance because it has their own protective outer layer that prevents corrosion and scratching. You’ll never have to worry about toxic rain runoff entering your yard, garden, or outdoor furniture since it’s a natural metal extracted from the Earth and has extremely low toxicity.
Copper roofing has been around since about 300 B.C. since it is resistant to corrosion, is easily formed into shapes, and has an elegant look. It was a top choice for famous architect Frank O. Gehry on the Villa Olimpica and Renzo Piano for the NEMO Science Museum in Amsterdam. You, too, can enjoy the elegant look of copper atop your home and enjoy its benefits. It’s energy-efficient, lightweight, and is recyclable. Even though copper develops a slight blue-green patina over time, many homeowners specifically choose copper because they like the way it ages.