Metal Roofing's Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Does metal roofing tampa cost more than a typical roof tampa?
A. Because metal roofing tampa is a premium home product, you can expect your new metal roofing tampa to cost more than what an asphalt shingle roof costs in Tampa. However, metal roofing tampa is comparable in price to tile roofing tampa or cedar shake roofing tampa . If you currently have slate roofing tampa, you can expect your metal roofing tampa to cost less.
No matter what kind of metal roofing tampa style you choose, you'll never have to worry about your roofing tampa again. Most come with a true 30 to 50 year warranty. Plus, your new metal roofing will add to the resale value of your home in Tampa, save you money on your energy bills, and give you piece of mind that you'll likely never have to re-roof again.
Q. I'm concerned that metal roofing tampa won't match my home and the roofing style in my neighborhood?
A. Today's residential metal roofing tampa is made to look exactly like common roofing tampa material - such as asphalt shingle, cedar shake roofing tampa, clay tile roofing tampa or slate roofing tampa - only stronger and more durable. Let us show you Metal Roofing tampa wide variety of styles, colors and patterns - there's certain to be a style and finish to match your home and neighborhood.
Q. With Tampa being the lightning capital, does metal roofing tampa attract lightning?
A. Lightning is attracted to the highest point, not necessarily metal. Metal roofing tampa has no greater chance of being hit by lightning than any other type of roofing tampa. However, if your roofing tampa would be struck by lightning, metal roofing tampa can help prevent your home from catching on fire because it can dissipate the electrical charge. More importantly, it is noncombustible.
Q: Who is Restorng Florida Homes?
A: Restoring Florida Homes is a fully licensed and insured General Contractor tampa We have a loyal team of skilled men that work for us.
Q. Can you walk on metal roofing tampa?
A. Most metal roofing tampa systems can support the load of an individual walking on them. As with any roofing tampa system care must be taken to not cause damage to the metal roofing tampa due to abrasion or collapsing of raised portion of the panel. Appropriate OSHA approved safety procedures should also be followed.
Q. How heavy is metal roofing tampa?
A. Metal roofing tampa systems in most cases weigh between 1 to 3 pounds per square foot. The actual weight is dependent upon metal gauge and profile of the panel. Metal roofing tampa systems are considered a lightweight roofing tampa covering compared to their counterparts. The following illustrates the different types of other roofing materials and their respective weights per square foot:
Asphalt Shingle: 2 - 3.5lbs psf
Textured Asphalt Shingle: 3.5 - 5lbs psf
Wood Shingles/Shakes: 3.5 - 4.5lbs psf
Clay or Concrete Tile: 5.5 - 10lbs psf
Q. What is the minimum roof slope for metal roofing tampa?
A. Restoring Florida Homes offers a wide variety of metal roofing tampa panel systems to meet a variety of slope requirements. Information regarding minimum slope requirements can be found on the specific technical Data Sheet for each product. Typically, metal roofing tampa panel systems can be applied to pitches of 1 : 12 or greater. Actual minimum slopes may be dependent upon roof geometry, substrate, and physical location of the project.
Q. Can metal roofing tampa purchased from Restoring Florida Homes be applied to open framing or only a solid substrate?
A. Restoring Florida Homes distributes metal roofing tampa systems that are considered structural and non-structural in nature. Actual panel profile and gauge of the material will determine if the panel has structural capability to span over open framing. Consult individual product data sheets to see if the profile desired is considered a structural panel system.
Q. How far can I span with metal roofing tampa?
A. Span capability of a panel is dependent upon profile, gauge and width of the metal roofing tampa panel itself. Consult individual load tables and test results to see if the panel meets the actual performance requirements for your metal roofing tampa project.
Q. Does Restoring Florida Homes provide technical and/or field assistance?
A. Restoring Florida Homes has a technically trained Customer Service staff that is very experienced. Chances are, any question you ask has been handled many times before by our staff.
Q. Do you install metal roofing tampa products?
A. Restoring Florida Homes handles all material and labor to install any style metal roofing tampa.
Q. How much longer will metal roofing tampa last than common roofing like asphalt or wood shingle?
A. You can expect metal roofing tampa to last at least 2 to 3 times longer than a regular roof. In general terms, count on metal roofing tampa lasting 40 to 60 years and beyond. To put it in context, the average life span of an asphalt roof is 12 to 20 years. That lifespan can be shorter depending on the pitch of your roof and the climate in your area. Made of oil impregnated paper or fiberglass, asphalt begins to deteriorate as soon as you expose it to normal weather. Metal roofing tampa however, will never decompose.
Other roofing materials like wood shingle, shake and tile have varying degrees of weather-related problems that lead to breakdown. Wood shingle and shake roofs often need replacement before twenty years. Concrete tile roofs can crack and warp in the hot climate of Tampa.
All of the above roofing materials are well-outlasted by metal roofing tampa, which retains its good looks and durability decade after decade after decade.
Q. Is metal roofing tampa noisier in bad weather than asphalt, cedar shake, tile and slate roofing tampa?
A. This is a common question, and probably one of the biggest misconceptions about metal roofing tampa. People usually think of an old barn roof where the metal is visible to the interior of the structure. On a residence, however, metal roofing tampa is often installed over a solid substrate. Further, attic space and insulation serve as additional sound barriers. Research has proven that metal roofing tampa is not any noisier than traditional roofing products. In fact, you’ll hear more bad weather noise from your walls and windows than you will from your metal roofing tampa.
Q. How will metal roofing tampa stand up to extreme weather in Tampa?
A. Metal roofing tampa can withstand decades of abuse from extreme weather in Tampa like high winds, heavy rains, hailstorms, and even wildfires. Metal roofing tampa has a 120-mph wind rating, meaning it can withstand wind gusts up to 120 miles per hour - equal to an F2 tornado. Under high wind conditions metal roofing tampa systems have wind resistance and uplift resistance that is above the new building code requirements. Naturally, this gives architects and engineers a sense of relief in that they can use the best material to meet those criteria. If you live in a part of Tampa that is prone to wildfires, metal roofing tampa can protect your home should burning embers land on your roof. In fact, you should check with your insurance agent as it’s quite likely that the installation of metal roofing tampa will save you money on your homeowners insurance.
Q. Is metal roofing tampa environmentally responsible?
A. Not only is metal roofing tampa great for your home, it's great for the environment.
The recycled content of the steel in metal roofing tampa is about 56% from production to installation to reuse - far superior to asphalt. According to the National Association of Homebuilders Research Center, 20 billion pounds of asphalt shingles are dumped into U.S. landfills every year. If you loaded those shingles into tractor trailers, then lined them up end-to-end, they would make a line from New York City to Los Angeles, back to New York City again, then on to Chicago. That's a lot of wasted asphalt. But because metal roofing tampa can often be installed over your current roof, without tearing off what's already there, metal roofing tampa helps to reduce this excessive shingle waste.
Q. Would metal roofing tampa be too heavy for certain types of homes, or for smaller structures like a detached garage or porch?
A. You'll be surprised to learn that metal roofing tampa is, on average, 50% lighter than an asphalt shingle roof, and 75% lighter than concrete tile, fiber cement shakes and slate. With metal roofing tampa, weight on a structure is never an issue.
Q. Can I add insulation under metal roofing tampa?
A. Yes. Among the types of insulation that can be used under metal roofing, Tampa is where we recommend foil-faced radiant barrier insulation. This means you can save even more additional utility costs by making your roof more energy efficient through the use of this inexpensive insulation product.
Q. Are any special tools required?
A. Metal roofing tampa and siding can be easily installed using standard hand tools such as a screw gun, hammer, metal snips, caulk gun, pliers, chalk line and tape measure. Cutting metal roofing tampa panels is best accomplished with an electric metal shear which doesn’t cost much and attaches directly onto your drill gun; however, panels may be easily cut with a circular saw with a metal cutting abrasive blade.