What is a Metal Roof?

A metal roof is a type of roof that is manufactured from various metal tiles. Materials metal roofs are constructed from include steel as well as copper or zinc alloys. Metal roofs are known for being strongly resistant to a variety of weather conditions and for having a long lifespan with minimal problems.

The Pros

Long-Lasting – High-end metal roofs are known to be the longest-lasting of the most common roofing materials. On the low end of metal roofs, lifespans can be up to 50-60 years. When utilizing high-end materials such as zinc or copper, the lifespan may be as long as 100 years or more. What that means for most people is when they install a metal roof, they may never have to replace it while they live in their homes.

Fungus, Mildew, and Moss Resistant – Metal roofs, unlike the various other roofing materials, are totally resistant to the growth of fungus, mildew, and moss. This means longer life and lower maintenance costs for metal roofs.

Animal Proof – If you live in the outskirts of or one of the wooded areas around Pointe Vedra or Orange Park, you may have experienced problems with a variety of rodents or other animals that can find their way onto your roof and damage it. With a metal roof, these small animals cannot damage your roof.

Keeps Your Home Cool – Metal roofs tend to have a strong ability to reflect the sun. This will mean your home is kept cooler on those hot summer days. That also means lower electricity bills because your air conditioner is not needed to run as long.

The Cons

High Initial Investment – The number one disadvantage of installing a metal roof is the high initial cost. If you are planning to be in your home for a short time, the costs associated with a metal room may not be the best option for you.

Rust on Your Roof

If a metal roof is not properly maintained, metal roofs can rust. However, proper maintenance should include a proven protective coating. That coating will protect your roof from oxidation and inhibit the formation of rust, even in the warm, humid environment found in Jacksonville and other northeastern Florida communities.

Wi-FI Interference

As you might imagine, a metal roof, like most large metal objects, has the potential to interfere with your WI-FI and other wireless connectivity. You might want to check to ensure there aren’t any areas of the house that are unable to connect to your wireless network. A little extra planning is required when you install your roof that will save a lot of frustration down the road…


Metal roofs are excellent long term investments. The pros, the longevity, and the safety factors far outweigh the cons. Should you plan to live in your house for the long term, the initial investment will more than pay for itself in the long run.

If your existing metal roof is in need of an upgrade, a fix or you want to know how to best maintain your metal roof, or if you are in need of a new, long-lasting roof, contact Allegiance Roofing today at 904-449-2416 for your free estimate.

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