Florida Standing Seam Metal Roofing
Metal panel roofs in Florida are becoming increasingly popular because of their many advantages. Metal panels for roofing can either be made at site or fabricated elsewhere and shipped for installation to the site. Metal panels are designed with an overlap that fits into an adjacent panel such that it provides a strong waterproof bond. The modern metal panel roof has the following significant plus points:
- Unmatched strength and durability
- Extended lifespan
- Non combustible and non inflammable
- Low maintenance
- Cost effective when assessed over its lifespan
- Aesthetic appeal
- Light weight
- Energy saving
- Easy to install
Metal panel roofs, which can withstand extremes of weather conditions, are generally made out of copper, tin, aluminum or steel and either painted or treated with a surface coating. Pre-painted metal roof panels are available in different colors in all metal styles. Metal panel roofs are designed to reflect solar rays to keep the interior of the house cool and comfortable and so save on energy. They also last far longer than other roofing materials with less maintenance which makes them a more cost effective roofing option when compared with other roofing alternatives.
Metal roof panels are chosen for compatibility with the environment in places where they are used. For instance, in a place that receives considerable snowfall thermal metal panels are popular which have in built heating elements to melt the snow and keep the roof clear. This situation does not prevail in Florida but what can happen here is that a metal panel roof can corrode because of the salty atmosphere resulting from proximity to the ocean. In such cases a suitable metal panel surface coating would be necessary. Metal panel coatings are fluids which when applied to the panels coat them with a membrane barrier which provides protection from corrosive elements. Such coatings are highly durable and resistant to variables in weather. They can withstand temperature extremes, expand by day and contract at night without cracking. They are also highly adhesive and adhere to the panel surface. Metal panel coatings can be applied in various layer thicknesses depending on the manufacturer’s recommendations. The coating can be sprayed or applied with a brush and roller. A metal panel roof can be finished in any color to match the existing house theme.
A metal panel roof in Florida attracts significant discounts from most insurance companies because it is more durable and has a longer life expectancy than any comparative roofing. The downside to a metal panel roof is the cost factor which is higher than composite roofings though the difference is not so much as to be beyond consideration. Another advantage is that metal panel roofing is made from a reusable resource which can be recycled at any point in time which makes it an environmentally friendly building material.
Another variation in Florida metal panel roofs are the use of insulated panels which are constructed of metal with insulation built into them for increased energy efficiency. These are available as flat panels or can be bought as standing seams. In a state like Florida, a metal panel roof with insulated panels helps substantially in keeping the interior of a house cool.
While many DIY enthusiasts install their own metal panel roofs, it must be said that this is not an easy task and can be dangerous. To get the full benefits of your investment and ensure the roof performs as you expect it to, it is advisable to use a professional contractor for installation.