How Long Does a Metal Roof Last?

When deciding which type of roofing material to go with for your home, you have plenty of options! While most people go with traditional asphalt shingles, the modern homeowner has many more options to choose from to complement their home’s style.

Some of these alternative roofing options provide advantages that traditional shingles can’t match. One particularly strong contender in the roofing material world is metal. While metal roofs don’t fit the traditional coastal aesthetic, prudent homeowners are wise to consider metal as a roofing option.

There are many benefits of a metal roof in Florida’s hot, humid, salty air. One of the most desirable features of a metal roof is its longevity. Traditional asphalt shingle roofs only get 12-20 years of life before they need to be replaced, but a metal roof can easily double that!

Metal roofs have an average lifespan of 40-70 years with proper installation and maintenance. Some metal roofs even last for over 100 years!

It’s no wonder more and more homeowners are opting for metal roofs for their Tampa Bay homes. But, the benefits of a metal roof don’t stop with just a long lifespan! Metal offers several other key advantages as a roofing material here in Florida:

  • Safety

Metal roofs won’t spark or catch fire during lightning storms or wildfires like traditional asphalt shingles.

  • Wind resistant

Metal roofs can withstand wind speeds up to 140mph with no damage. Some are even impact-resistant, making them perfect for Florida’s active hurricane seasons.

  • Corrosion-resistant

All of the salt in our coastal air might be great for some things, but it wreaks havoc on traditional shingle roofs. With a metal roof, however, corrosion is not as much of an issue. Steel, aluminum, zinc, and copper are all great metals to consider that stand up to the brutal salt spray. Copper roofs take it one step further and actually improve in appearance as they oxidize in the salt air, eventually turning to a gorgeous blue-green.

  • Algae resistant

Salt isn’t the only thing floating around in the air here in Tampa. Algae also travel by air and is a huge problem for most roofing materials, especially shingles. Metal roofs do not provide algae with a hospitable place to grow and, thus, do not have the same issues with algae growth as other materials.

  • Energy efficient

Metal reflects the majority of the sun’s UV and infrared rays, which may lead to a 10-25% reduction in your home’s cooling cost by significantly reducing your roof’s surface radiant temperature. 

  • Environmentally friendly

Unlike asphalt shingles, which are made from oil refinery by-products, metal roofing is made of 25-95% recycled contents and is 100% recyclable after its lifespan expires!

Are you ready to replace your home’s roof for the last time? Then, it’s time for metal roofing installed by Shon Boswell Contracting Services in Tampa Bay! Our expert roofing installers will help you choose the right metal and system for your home and then will skillfully install your new roof so that it lasts a lifetime. Call us at (727) 440-5556 or request a free estimate online today to find out why so many Tampa homeowners trust SBCS with all of their roofing installation, maintenance, and repair needs!