Environmentally Friendly and Energy Efficient
Many homeowners are environmentally conscious and wish to incorporate sustainable and energy efficient products to their home. If you’re looking for an environmentally friendly roofing product, then metal roofing might be for you! They are 100% recyclable and consist of at least 25% recycled materials. Metal roofing systems are a perfect platform for homeowners who wish to start on eco-friendly ventures, such as: solar panels and systems for harvesting rainwater. This works great with our Miami climate since we receive plenty of sunshine and erratic rainfall throughout the year. Most metal roofing systems are really light, but extremely durable and can be placed over your existing roofing systems. Regardless of the roofing system that you currently have, Prestige Home Pros can replace it with a metal roofing system (Link to metal roofing page), a tile roofing system (Link to tile roofing page), or a shingle roofing system (Link to shingle roofing page). Additionally, the money you spend on a metal roofing system, you will make back in savings from energy bills. With the metal roof’s reflective properties, it will reduce the energy spent in cooling costs. Metal roofs reflect solar radiant heat instead of absorbing it. Also, some metal roofing systems come coated with special reflective pigments to minimize heat.
Styles and Variety
Metal roofing systems come in a wide variety of colors, including standard, premium, and custom colors. The most common metal roofing systems used in south Florida are Galvalume metal or an aluminum system, and they are both designed for high energy efficiency and uphold exterior paint finishes throughout the lifetime of the roof. You can choose from a wide variety of color styles to mimic existing shingle, tile, or wood shake roofs. The appearance is not only beautiful, but long lasting, energy efficient and durable.
Types of Metal Roofing Systems
There are two metal roofing systems available: standing seam metal roof system and screw down panel metal roof system. The former is a series of panels that are locked together at the seams or seamed mechanically. This is ideal since it allows the panels to expand and contract freely when the metal heats up. The latter, the screw down panel metal roofing system, is screwed down with the fasteners exposed. The panels are fastened down using screws and washers screwed through the face of the metal. You need to keep in mind that this method doesn’t allow the metal to expand and contract naturally.
The Cons of Metal Roofing
Metal roofing due to its features and benefits, is quite costly and expensive. Not only are the materials expensive, but so is the labor or repairs, as well as the installation. Also, even though metal roofs are designed to handle extreme weather, depending on the metal material you choose, it can be dented. Metal can be noisier than other types of roofing, especially during heavy rain or thunderstorms. If it is not installed correctly it can be susceptible to leaks. If screws attach through the flat surfaces, rainwater can run down the roof and seep into the screw holes. Also, since metal expands and cools, they should come with fastening systems that accommodate movement. If the fasteners aren’t secured, they may tend to come loose and cause expansion and contraction on hot days, which causes a wavy effect.
It’s always important to know when roof replacement is needed or required. Oftentimes, the signs are evident for when a metal roof needs replacing. When it comes to standing seam metal roof systems, they have a patented process to apply a painted finish called Kynar 500. They use this painted finish to protect your metal panels from the elements and keep the color you choose from fading. They come with a 30-year paint warranty on the Kynar 500. Once the warranty expires, you should consider replacing your standing seam metal roof. Another sign is when you see a lot of rust or the color fade on your metal panels. For the screw down metal system, if you notice the fasteners start to wallow, then you should replace your roof. With its inability to expand and contract, the fasteners get wallowed out until they are too big for the screws that hold them down. These are but a few tell-tale signs of needing a roof replacement. Luckily, Prestige Home Pros can take care of the installation of your metal roof replacement. Trust PHP with your roofing project; we offer shingle (Link to shingle roofing page) and tile roofing systems (Link to tile roofing page)!