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Metal Roofing: What You Need to Know

A residential home with a green metal roof

Metal roofing is an increasingly popular roofing material here in Gainesville, FL, and the surrounding area. As a result of its growing popularity over the last decade, there are now more colors and designs available than ever. Read on to learn why metal roofing has become more popular and what advantages it provides over other roofing materials.

How Many Different Types of Metal Roofs Exist and Why Are They Popular?

There are at least 7 different types of metal roofs that are made. Some roofs are made from aluminum, copper, galvanized steel, or zinc. The most popular metal roofs are composed of a steel and aluminum blend. Not only are there many types of metal roofing materials, but there are also a variety of colors, designs, shapes, and styles–each manufactured and installed slightly differently.

Metal roofs are popular here in Florida because of their durability. They can withstand high winds, heavy rain, and extreme temperatures. Many Floridians choose them over asphalt shingle roofs because they can last twice as long in our harsh climate and sustain less damage during hurricanes or other strong storm events.

Additionally, they add a more “modern” look to homes or businesses and are easier to maintain.
Lastly, they have many applications. For example, they work well both for residential and commercial structures. Historically, they’ve been used more frequently for commercial roofing projects but are still widely used for residential projects.

Metal roof on a residential garage

What Types of Metal Roofing Are Most Common in North Central Florida?

The two most common types of metal roofing here in North Central Florida are the following.

  1. Standing Seam Metal Roofing
  2. Exposed Fastener Metal Roofing

1. Standing Seam Metal Roofing (SSMR)

SSMR is a common type of roofing here in Florida. It gets its name from what looks like raised or “standing” seams on its surface. When people picture or refer to metal roofing, they’re usually referring to SSMR. These seams are approximately 1-inch in height and are easily visible.

Overhead view of a sage colored Standing Seam Metal Roof

Although durable and easy to maintain, these roofs are generally more expensive than asphalt shingle roofs. However, their lifespan makes up for their cost. Even with little to no maintenance, SSMRs will not need to be replaced as often as shingle roofs.

2. Exposed Fastener Metal Roofing (EFMR)

Another type of metal roofing you could likely recognize is EFMR. This is a very popular type of metal roof because it’s cheaper than SSMR. However, one of the drawbacks compared to an SSMR is that it requires more maintenance. Since the screws or “fasteners” are exposed, they will need to be changed out about every 10-15 years.

A residential home with a green metal roof
Although different from SSMR, EFMR still packs a ton of durability. Using this type of metal roofing on your home depends on your budget.

Is a Metal Roof Ideal for Every Home?

The short answer is not necessarily. Metal roofs will best serve homeowners who live in open fields away from trees or other areas where there’s high sun exposure. One of the main benefits of metal roofs is increased energy efficiency. However, this benefit is nullified if your home is located in a well-shaded area. Also, trees will cause the metal roof to stain – requiring more frequent maintenance.

In this case, unless you’re wanting a metal roof simply for design or architectural purposes, the added cost of a metal roof versus an asphalt shingle roof may not make sense for you.

Mcfall’s Residential Metal Roofing Installation in Gainesville, FL

At McFall Residential Roofing, we specialize in installing metal roofs for your home. These roofs are ideal for the Gainesville, FL climate and are easiest to install and maintain. We can help you with any color or style of seam metal roofing.

The benefit of working with a local roofing contractor like McFall is that you get the knowledge and expertise you need to make the best decisions for your home. We will assess your specific situation and help you determine if a metal roof is best for your unique home. At McFall, we follow industry best practices and use high-quality roofing materials to give our customers beautiful roofs that will last.

Contact us today to get started on your residential roofing project.