A new renaissance is taking the United States by storm at the moment. It’s the age of the metal roof. Hurricanes have been taking Florida literally by storm ever since we can remember. No roof is completely hurricane-proof, but a top-quality metal roof is a fail-safe option. Here’s a look at why metal roofing is so good at withstanding hurricanes
Severe Wind Protection
A key benefit of metal roofs is that when it blows hard, they stay in one piece. Asphalt roofs on the other hand are prone to shingle lift-offs. Once a few shingles lift, the remaining shingles become weakened. A good quality metal roof can withstand wind speeds of up to 140 mph. This will give you protect you from a category 4 hurricane or lower. Top-grade metal roofs can withstand wind gusts of up to 180 mph. Uplift tests simulate aggressive wind speeds by increasing the air pressure from beneath the metal sheets.
Strong Fastening Systems
A sturdy metal roof contains a solid attachment system. This includes an interlocking and overlapping panel design that traps out any wind. This prevents it from penetrating under the roof panels which can cause uplift. The quality of the fasteners used is paramount. Fastener options include hidden, exposed, and stamped fasteners. Hidden fasteners tend to last longer as they are protected from the elements. However, exposed fasteners generally attach panels more securely. A double clip system combined with sealing tape helps to keep the eaves and ridges extra secure.
Hail Proof Metal Roofing
Hurricanes can also throw hail down on your house. Metal roofing is highly resistant to hail damage. Quality metal roofing comes with a class 4 hail rating. This is the highest level given by the underwriter’s laboratory. Keep in mind that abnormally large hailstones can dent your metal roof. No roof is completely immune to damage in the worst of storms. A roofing professional will advise you on the most suitable metal roof.
The Noise Factor
Heavy rain can cause a fair amount of noise on metal roofs. Many people enjoy the pitter-pattering sound of rain falling on their roof, but it’s not for everyone. If you don’t enjoy the noise of falling rain, you can add extra insulation to your roof. This will help to quieten the sound of falling rain.
Metal Roofs Are Durable
Metal roofs can last between 40-70 years depending on the material quality. This is an exceptional amount of time for a roof lifespan. Metal roofing doesn’t corrode or crack and is impact resistant. Metal roofs need very limited and low-cost roof maintenance. This is largely due to the large-sized sheeting installation. There are essentially a lot fewer pieces that can get dislodged. Each metal sheet is securely fastened and will stay fastened for decades to come. You can rest assured that your newly installed roof will cost very little in the long run to maintain.
Hurricane Proof Your Metal Roofing
At ABC Roofing Corp, we know the in’ and outs of hurricane preparation and protection. We are premium installers of quality metal roofing systems to fit your needs. Our solid reputation extends for over 30 years. Our professional team is ready to get your roof ready for hurricane season. Call us today at 954-344-4622. You can also follow ABC Roofing Corp on Facebook to keep up to date with the latest roofing articles.