Many homeowners in Florida are currently looking into replacing their roofs. However, between hurricanes, high humidity, record-breaking heat, and homeowner’s insurance regulations, you might be unsure as to what kind of residential roof would be best for your needs.
While asphalt shingle roofs are the most common residential roofing material in the Sunshine State, metal roofs are becoming increasingly popular for a variety of reasons. One is the long lifespan—typically around 50 years—making a metal roof an excellent, long-lasting investment.
Let’s take a look at some considerations and factors that go into how long a metal roof lasts in Florida.
In this article:
- Environmental Factors
- Installation Quality Factors
- Maintenance and Care Factors
- How Does a Metal Roof Compare to an Asphalt Roof?
- Final Thoughts
- Frequently Asked Questions
If you’re a resident of Florida, you’re well aware of the environmental factors in the area. Hurricanes, tropical storms, high heat, bright sun, oppressive humidity, and the proximity of saltwater can all play a part in how quickly your roof ages, no matter which type of roofing you have.
The metal roofing we use at Erie Home is stone coated, which has a Class 4 hail impact resistance and a Class A fire rating. They’re able to withstand winds of up to 120 mph, and meet the coastal regions’ performance for High Velocity Hurricane Zone (HVHZ) winds.
What does this mean for you? A category 3 storm produces wind speeds of up to 129 mph; strong enough to cause major damage to roof decking. As shingles are installed directly onto the decking, this can result in the integrity of the roof itself being seriously compromised.
Installing a metal roof from Erie Home ensures a longer lifespan in hurricane- and storm-prone areas, not to mention greater peace of mind during the hurricane season itself.
While some metal roofs will show signs of corrosion in the immediate coastal areas of the state, stone-coated metal resists corrosion and pitting. Even those living close to saltwater will enjoy decades of life from their metal roofs.
You may also be considering a standing seam roofing system; while both standing seam metal roofs and stone-coated metal shingles are highly durable, the final decision may come down to both aesthetics and price.
In terms of aesthetics, standing seam roofing systems can look sleeker, while stone-coated metal shingles from Erie Home are designed to look like traditional shingles. If you’re looking to maintain the traditional look of your home (or maybe blend in with the neighbors) then stone-coated metal shingles are the way to go.
Both are metal and both are highly weather-resistant, but it’s worth noting that standing seam roofing systems require specialized tools and training to install. With that in mind, you’ll find that stone-coated metal shingles are the less expensive option.
As an added plus, Erie Home stone-coated metal shingles are professionally installed and have a transferable limited lifetime warranty, giving you peace of mind for decades to come.
Installation Quality Factors
Another factor that can impact the lifespan of a metal roof in Florida is the quality of the installation. Our professionally trained local installers handle every detail, from choosing the proper flashing and installing the underlayment precisely to ensuring adequate ventilation.
Hiring highly trained professionals like those at Erie Home can eliminate worries about loose screws, missing components, or improperly connected flashing, all of which can reduce not only the quality and durability but also the lifespan of a roof.
Maintenance and Care Factors
When compared to other roofing materials, stone-coated metal roofs are low-maintenance. With that being said, however, they do still require some annual checking and maintenance to keep them in excellent condition and to maximize their lifespans.
Roof cleaning is recommended annually. At the same time, the roof should be inspected for any areas of rust or corrosion and buildup of moss or algae.
As mentioned earlier, stone-coated metal shingles from Erie Home have a Class 4 hail impact rating, giving your roof the strength to withstand wind speeds of up to 120 miles per hour.
However, if your home has a standing seam roof, the trim, fascia, rivets, fasteners, and other materials should be checked following a hurricane or major storm to ensure that nothing is loose or otherwise damaged.
How Does a Metal Roof Compare to an Asphalt Roof?
Our metal roofs have a lifespan that’s about twice (or more) the lifespan of an asphalt roof. In Florida, a typical asphalt roof will last between 15 and 20 years. While a metal roof can be a larger upfront investment, it will last for an average of 50 years or more while also adding value to your home.
Some homeowners prefer the appearance of an asphalt roof, particularly when the other houses in the neighborhood or development have shingle roofs. The good news is that stone-coated metal roofs can actually be designed to look like asphalt roofs. Metal roofs can also mimic the look of Spanish tile roofs or wood shake roofs, depending on the look you prefer for your home.
An Erie Home metal roof is built to last. They also come with a transferable lifetime warranty and the peace of mind of knowing your home is secure. But don’t just take our word for it—check out our A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.
Whether you’re looking for asphalt or metal, we can help you find the best roof to protect your home and your family.
Call us toll-free today at 1-800-862-6400 to speak to a representative to schedule a free, no obligation roof inspection. You can trust Erie Home as your #1 choice for roofing in Florida and beyond.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, if you’re looking for a roof with the most longevity and high resistance to the elements typical in Florida, then investing in a metal roof is worth it. You won’t need to worry about replacing your roof for decades, and you’ll feel secure no matter what type of weather is passing through.
The biggest concerns of a metal roof would be corrosion, chalking, and leaking. The first two are addressed by using stone-coated metal, as we do at Erie Home; it will protect against sun and saltwater damage. Leaking can be prevented with excellent installation methods and regular maintenance.
Metal roofs are well-suited for Florida’s humid environment. They are designed with coatings and finishes that resist rust and corrosion, ensuring durability even in the state’s high humidity levels and occasional salt exposure, especially in coastal areas.
For Florida’s weather, aluminum and steel are excellent choices. They offer exceptional durability and can withstand the state’s frequent heavy rain, strong winds, and intense sunlight. These metals are also lightweight, making them suitable for hurricane-prone regions.
How does a metal roof compare in durability to traditional roofing materials in Florida, like asphalt shingles?
When comparing metal roofs to traditional asphalt shingles, metal roofs tend to outlast shingles by a significant margin. While asphalt shingles typically last 15-20 years in Florida, metal roofs can endure for decades, making them a cost-effective investment over time.
To maximize the lifespan of your metal roof in Florida, regular maintenance is essential. This includes cleaning debris from the roof, ensuring proper drainage through clean gutters, and scheduling professional inspections to identify and address any issues promptly. Properly cared-for metal roofs can provide reliable protection for your Florida home for many years.