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Seven Most Common Roof Problems

Roofer repairing a leak

Know when to contact a professional

All homeowners struggle with roofing problems at some point. From minor leaks to bigger cracks, there are multiple ailments that require immediate attention. Though repairing a roof on your own is difficult and dangerous. You should hire an expert instead of trying to do it yourself.

How do you know when to contact a professional? Read our comprehensive guide on the most common roofing problems that need repair services.

A leaking ceiling

ROOF LEAKS

Roof leaks are among the most common of roof problems. These include racked flashing to tiles, shingles, or slate. Leaks can occur anywhere on the roof, even when your shingles are intact.

Roof leaks mostly occur:

  • Close to pipes and vents
  • Around gutters
  • Near the chimney
  • At skylights
  • Under damaged shingles
  • In low spots or valleys
  • At flashing points

The water from leaks can go directly into your attic or crawlspace. There are numerous causes of roof leaks. It is important to detect them in time and call a roof repairing company.

Cracks caused by shrinkage

SHRINKAGE

When the shrinkage of roofing material occurs, numerous other difficulties arise. These include cracking, deterioration, and dismantling of other crucial components (like flashing). Shrinkage mostly occurs in roofs that are covered with EPDM – a synthetic rubber membrane – and other roof coverings.

Severely punctured roof

PUNCTURES AND HOLES

Overtime, puncture marks, scrapes, and even big holes can form in your roof. This build-up of damage impacts the underlying wood and results in moisture that leads to rotting.

Cracked Roof Tile

CRACKING AND BLISTERING

With time, you may start to notice cracks, ridges, or blisters in your roof. The chances of developing these issues depend on the type of roof you have installed. Built-up roofs have a great possibility of cracking and blistering as they consist of multiple layers that cover a fairly flat surface.

A Roofer Places Roof Tiles

POOR INSTALLATION

People often hire inexperienced roofing specialists to save money, though this decision may cost them more in the long run. Poorly installed roofs remain one of the common reasons for long-term roof problems, a short lifespan, and mold development. It generally takes years to notice an issue. Once your roof shows a problem, it may be too late for a quick fix and you could need to replace the roof entirely.

A tree fallen on a roof

TREE DAMAGE OR DAMAGED SHINGLES

A tree branch can also damage your roof. Branches can scratch the surface and wear down the top layer. It is far better and safer to trim the limbs of your trees so that they do not scrape against the roof. Consider removing trees too close to your roof, as they could pose a serious danger in the case of a turbulent storm.

A storm-damaged roof

STORM DAMAGE

You can experience storm-related damage in any season. Heavy winds or rain, hail, lightning, or even branches resting on your roof can all cause serious harm. For this reason, make sure to have your roof inspected after your area experiences severe weather.

READY TO GET YOUR ROOF REPAIRED?

Looking for an experienced roofing specialist? Hippo Roofing offers thorough inspection, roof repair, and routine maintenance. In Florida, our team of professional roofing specialists provides quick and proficient repairs to our valuable customers. Also, we can help you boost the life expectancy of your roof with effective preventative maintenance programs. Contact us today.

Response to Covid-19

A Home With Metal Roof

How we’re responding to COVID-19 to ensure the safety of our customers & employees.

It is with the utmost respect to the coronavirus outbreak that we are continuing to service our repair and re-roof clients in such a matter that personal safety is paramount over production and installation timing. Likewise, our vendors are doing the same and in due time we will overcome life’s challenges and move re-roof or repair jobs to completion. If the inherent delay in timely provides any challenges please speak with our Production, Sales or General Manager and we will do our utmost to address the issue.

We are working with a reduced staff to comply with governmental directives and protect employees as well as clients. Our staff will be OSHA compliant, follow proper hygiene procedures, avoid unnecessary contact and keep a proper distance from fellow employees and clients.

Rainy season and insurance claim deadlines are pressing so we will continue to interact with the public serving our prospects and clients as long as coronavirus safety considerations can be achieved. If something can be handled by phone or email we will do so and if a face to face interaction is required as in providing accurate re-roof or repair estimate we will meet your needs in a most cautious manner.

Thank you for your patience and considerations.

The Hippo Roofing Team

A to Z Guide to Roofing Terminology

Useful roofing information

Know your roofing terms

Understanding basic roofing terminology will make talking to a roofer ten times easier. From identifying a part of your roof to keeping up with the installation process, clear comprehension of roofing terminology will help you stay in the know as a homeowner.

Whether you’re looking to get a roof replacement or you’re simply looking to educate yourself on how roofs are structured and how they function, our comprehensive guide to roofing terminology is here to help you understand the many aspects of roofs and how they work to protect your home.

Here is our A to Z guide on the many terms associated with the roofing industry.

A

Aggregate

An aggregate works as a surface for a roofing system. It can be made from many different materials, including stone, rock, slag, gravel, and crushed lava rock. All aggregates serve the same purpose: protect the roof from UV rays. It also acts as an extra layer of insulation and provides reflectivity.

Algae on roof

Algae Discoloration


Algae discoloration shows up as dark streaks that can take hold on asphalt shingles, shake, slate, metal, and tile. This is caused by spores from a plant-like bacteria. It thrives and spreads easily in humid climates. While algae discoloration won’t cause immediate harm to the integrity of your roof, many homeowners are unhappy with the appearance. To prevent algae discoloration on your own roof, you’ll need to keep tree branches cut back, debris buildup cleared, and gutters cleaned.

Alligatoring

Alligatoring is generally unique to flat roofs. It sets in as a flat roof ages and the sun dries out the topcoat of the roof. This results in cracks which will worsen with time. Eventually, it will result in the shortening of the flat roof’s lifespan and can lead to problems with water leakage into the building.

A roofer applies flashing

Apron Flashing

Apron flashings are a type of flashing that creates a watertight junction to move moisture away. It is L or V-shaped and is usually located against a chimney. Its sole purpose is to move water away from the low end of a curb and toward the gutter system.

architectural shingles

Architectural Shingles

Architectural shingles are composed of ceramic-coated mineral granules with a fiberglass base. These are generally regarded as a higher-quality alternative to other shingle options. Architectural shingles are also called laminated or dimensional shingles. Some architectural shingles are made to imitate the look of cedar shakes or slate without the negatives associated with those roof types.

Asphalt Roofing Cement

Sometimes referred to as plastic cement or flashing cement, asphalt roof cement is made up of a mixture of fibers, mineral stabilizers, and solvent-based bitumen.

Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt shingles have been the most popular roofing material in the United States for quite a while. These are affordable and come in a variety of styles and colors. Asphalt shingles are made of a mix of fiberglass, felt paper, asphalt, and ceramic granules. Asphalt shingles are affordable but have a shorter lifespan than other roofing materials.

B

Ballast

A ballasted roof has no anchoring between the roof membrane and decking. It is a simple and quick roof installation option for flat roofs. Because of the installation process, the installation creates no smell or clutter and can be completed during any weather.

Base Flashing

Base flashing is the portion of flashing that directs the flow of water on the roof. It is specifically used to protect the roof on vertical plan intersections to avoid water buildup and subsequent water damage.

Bitumen

This is a black viscous mixture that comes from the natural distillation of petroleum. It is also used to seal cracks in the asphalt on roads. This material is waterproof and is using in the reformation of roofing felt and roll roofing.

Blind Nailing

A process in which nails are placed out of sight and unexposed to the elements. It helps to protect the materials from breaking down over time.

Built-Up Roof

Also known as tar and gravel roofs, a built-up roof is a low slope or seemingly flat roof. Built-up roofs are generally covered in roofing felt and hot-mopped asphalt. It’s generally covered in gravel or aggregate. Built-up roofs are created by alternating layers of bitumen and fabrics to create a roof membrane.

Buckle

Buckling happens when asphalt shingles will not stay flat. This creates a wrinkled appearance. It is often caused during high humidity periods or on older roofs.

Base Flashing

Base flashing in a length of bent flashing built to match the roof’s pitch. It is placed over the underlayment where the roof deck meets the sidewall. It is used as a solution to front walls and generally won’t be visible.

Example of blistering on shingles

Blistering

Blistering occurs when gas or moisture causes bubbling in the shingle. This will appear as a circular blemish, like a blister. Blistering will generally pop up within the first year after installation. Over-heated, poorly ventilated roofing is more likely to produce blisters than other roofing. While it may seem insignificant, blistering can actually shorten the lifespan of the roof, especially if the roof is exhibiting large scale blistering across the entire roof.

Battens

Battens or battening are what roofing materials are fixed to. These travel horizontally across the top of the roof. These aren’t used on every roofing system but are used for shingles and tiles. The number and spacing of battens on the roof will depend on the type of roofing material being installed.

C

Cap Flashing

This is the material that is used to cover the top of base flashing, and many other flashings as well. Cap flashing works to weatherproof and seal the roofing system at the edges.

Cap Sheet

A membrane surfaced in granules that are used as the top ply of a built-up roof. It is also used in other low slope roofing projects. It creates a water-tight surface to fend off water damage.

D

Damp Proofing

The process in which the surface of the roof is treated to resist the penetration of water should hydrostatic pressure not exist.

Dimensional Shingle

This is a shingle that is textured to produce a three-dimensional effect. They’re also known as laminated shingles, however, it’s important to know that not all dimensional shingles are laminated shingles. See architectural shingles.

Dormers on a roof

Dormer

This term refers to a vertical projection from the roof that is framed. Typically, windows are good examples of dormers. These are often built into a home to create more usable space. Dormers can be added to pre-existing homes as an expansion to create an extra room or increase the space in an existing loft.

E

Eaves

Eaves

Eaves are the edges of roofs which hangs away from the wall. This creates an overhand where water can be thrown to the ground and stay clear of the walls to avoid water damage related problems.

F

Flashing

Flashing is a material that is used on a roof to keep water from passing into the structure through a joint. It is part of the weather-resistant barrier system used to protect your home from water. Flashing is generally a thin piece of galvanized steel. It is used around all roof features that may otherwise expose the roof system to water. This includes chimneys, skylights, and vents.

Fasteners

Fasteners are used to secure the roof’s integrity, making it more weather resistant and able to stand-up to move severe winds. Fasteners are made of metal and create stronger insulation. On the average roof, you may find thousands of these fasteners. Fasteners essentially just look like little screws and there are a variety of different types used. Your roofer will know which one to use for the best support for your roofing system.

Fascia

Fascia boards on a roof

Fascia is a board that is placed along the lower edge of the roof. It is what the gutters are attached to. Fascia is put in place to protect the edge of your roof from water damage and weathering. It also keeps creatures, like squirrels and birds, from venturing into your roof.

Fire Rating

Fire ratings for roofs classify all roofs into Class A, Class B, Class C, or unrated based on hardiness against fires. Class A is the highest and more preferred of firing ratings. Class A is made up of concrete, clay, and metal roofs. Whereas a wood shake roof would fall under the unrated classification, which is the worst rating. Roofs are tested on flame penetration, flame spread, and propensity for dislodgment.

G

A roof's gable

Gable

Gable roofs are the quintessential residential roof. They are made of two roof sections that meet at a point and slope in opposite directions.

A gutter

Gutter

A gutter on a roof is used to collect water and direct it away from the home. Gutters are incredibly important, along with downspouts (where the water is eventually pushed through and out of). This prevents erosion and keeps the foundation and basement intact.

I

Ice Dam

Ice dams are the build-up of water on eaves of sloped roofs that then freezes. It is caused by melting snow freezing along the eaves. This then prevents water from draining off the roof as it creates a sort of blockage. This can lead to water problems as the water then backs up and can break into the home through the roof, getting into the walls, ceiling, and insulations.

Impact Resistance

Shingles and other roofing materials designed for impact resistance are made with flying debris in mind. These roofing materials are generally graded on a scale of 1 to 4 with 4 being the most favorable. Higher-rated impact resistant shingles will often cost more but will be more sturdy in the face of harsh weather conditions.

L

A lean-to roof

Lean-to Roof

Lean-to roofs are built against an existing wall and have a single-pitched roof. These roofs are generally constructed for sheds, carports, and other simple extensions to the home. They are built against an existing wall.

Laminated Shingles

See architectural shingles.

M

A Mansard roof

Mansard Roof

Mansard roofs are four-sided hip roofing which has two slopes on each side. Mansard roofing is often present when dormer windows are incorporated into the home’s architecture. Unfortunately, the cost of a new installation for a mansard roof tends to be high because of the unusual style. Maintenance and repair costs on mansard roofing will also see similar markups on labor costs.

O

Overhang

A roof overhang is how far the edge of the roof extends beyond the siding of the home. Below the overhang, a soffit is generally installed. Depending on your home’s architectural style, your roof may or may not have an overhand. However, overhangs are generally quite common in homes.

R

Ridge

The ridge of a roof is where the highest peaks of each roof slopes meet and from there branch out into different directions. Generally, it is the highest point on the roof, unless multiple ridges are present in which case one of the ridges on the roof will be the highest point.

Rafter

Rafters on a new roof

A roof rafter is a part of the roof’s structure that is placed during construction. Rafters are laid side by side and provide a supportive back to the roof decks and coverings.

S

Square

A roofing square is a 100 square foot area. This is how roofs are measured to determine the amount of materials a roofer will need ot order. It is figured by a simple equation: the total square footage of the home divided by 100.

Soffit under a roof

Soffit

A soffit is the underside of the overhang. It protects the rafter and keeps moisture out. Soffits should be inspected twice a year for signs of wear and tear. Eventually, soffits should be replaced to protect the integrity of the roofing system.

T

Tear Off

Tear offs occur when the roof is removed in its entirety. This full replacement will results in a brand new roof, meaning no concern for old, rotting decking or other structural issues. It will be more expensive than an overlay, which is when roofers apply new roofing material atop the existing roof.

three tab shingles

Three-tab Shingle

Three-tab shingles are a lightweight asphalt shingle. It is made of three separate tabs that are 12 inches in width. These are generally cheaper shingle options but are far less durable than architectural shingles.

Truss

A roof truss is a structural framework that supports the roof. It is made of wood and appears like a ‘skeleton’ of the roof. These are generally evenly spaced and are separated by spaces referred to as bays.

U

Underlayment

Underlayments are barriers installed under your roof deck that is added for protection. Underlayment is water-resistant and waterproof. Roofing underlayment is generally available in three types: asphalte saturated felt, rubberized asphalt, and synthetic.

V

Valley

A roof valley creates a ‘V’ or ‘W’ shape. It is put in place to direct water off the roof to avoid water buildup which can lead to problems.

Roof vent

Vent

Sometimes called a louver, vents intake or exhaust air from the roof. These are generally added to the highest peaks on the roof. Its purpose is to moderate temperatures in the attic and prevent moisture buildup.

W

Weathering

Weathering is the eventual and inevitable breakdown of a roof as it nears the end of its expected lifespan. It is caused by extreme weather conditions, poor installations, improper maintenance, and degradation of the material quality. If your roof is older, weathering is to be expected. It if isn’t and is still showing obvious and extensive signs of weathering, it may be time to call in a professional.

Weep Holes

Weep holes are drilled into tiled roofs at the ridge to create a way for water behind the tile and drain.

Wind Uplift

Wind uplift occurs when the roof system experiences a higher air pressure beneath it than above it. The use of fasteners is implemented to prevent the roof from detaching from the home. However, other problems can set it due to wind uplift. This includes shingle curling.

USING YOUR ROOFING TERM KNOWLEDGE

Getting to know the many terms of a roof can be mind-boggling, however, it’s necessary for understanding how your roof works to protect your home. If you’re interested in learning more about roofing or simply want to leave it all up to the professionals, don’t hesitate to contact our roofing company. Whether you’re looking for roof replacement or simple roof repairs, our roofing contractors can help you with your roof. Don’t hesitate to contact our roofers for help today.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Metal Roofs for Florida Homes

A residential metal roof

10 reasons to consider a metal roof for your Florida home

Metal roofing is growing in popularity due to the numerous associated benefits. The metal roofing industry has tripled in size over the past decade and continues to grow with each passing year. Metal roofs have longer lifespanshigher wind resistancelow maintenance, and are fire-resistant among other bonuses.

The only drawbacks to metal roofing are the initial cost of installation and the decreased chances of a perfect color match when making repairs. However, with so few repairs needed on these durable roofs, the drawbacks seem minuscule in comparison to the benefits you get when you install with metal roofing.

A home with a brown metal roof

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF HAVING A METAL ROOF?

Metal roofing introduces a number of benefits over alternatives such as shingles or tile. Metal roofing has a higher lifespan, lower maintenance, and is more energy-efficient, making it a superior choice to other roofing materials.

A home with a green metal roof

#1 REPLACE YOUR ROOF LESS OFTEN

Longer lifespan

Metal roofs last longer than any other roofing material commonly used in Florida homes today. In a humid climate prone to hurricanes, you want a roof that is built to last a lifetime.

Other roofing materials, like shingles, will only last for about 15 years if all goes well. Often shingles only last for twelve years.

If you’re not interested in replacing your roof every decade or so, it’s best to invest in a metal roof. These will get you through your entire time in a home without the worry about replacement. This creates added financial benefits and less hassle for you, given the following breakdown of metal roof lifetime costs compared to the cost of a shingle roof.

Lifetime cost of roofs over 60 years

A Metal roof = Approx. $18,000 lifetime cost

A Shingle roof = Approx. $271,109 lifetime cost

How Long Do Metal Roofs Last?

On average, most metal roofs last for forty to seventy years. This number can increase or decrease depending on the maintenance given to the roof over its lifespan. A well-maintained metal roof will last much longer than one that isn’t maintained. However, the low maintenance needs of a metal roof make it easy to keep up with all the care your metal roof needs.

#2 DON’T WORRY ABOUT WIND DAMAGE

Superior resistance to wind

While metal roofs offer superior resistance to all of nature’s elements, one of the biggest ones that we have to contend with here in Florida is hurricane-force winds. While all your neighbors are picking up shingle fragments after a storm, your metal DefenderRoof will be as pristine as it was before. The only edge wind would have to catch on your metal roof is the bottom edge (where the roofline meets the gutters), and the roof is fastened down so tightly wind won’t have a chance.

A metal roof boosts curb appeal.

#3 MAKE YOUR HOME APPEALING TO FUTURE BUYERS

Boosted curb appeal

If you’re scratching your head on the curb appeal point, saying to yourself, “I don’t think metal roofs look that great,” you’re probably thinking more of old-style corrugated tin roofs or metal roofs on barns and sheds. The metal roofing on homes has a completely different look and feel than old-style corrugated metal roofing used on barns. Check out our gallery of photos of the DefenderRoof to get an idea of how classy a metal roof can be).

#4 SELL YOUR HOME FOR MORE

Increased home value

Not only will a metal roof add to the aesthetic appeal of your home, it can also increase your home’s value when it comes time to sell. Potential homebuyers know a good deal when they see one, and when they see a home that has a metal roof, they’ll know they’re getting all these benefits. No one wants to install a new roof right after they purchase a home, and with a metal roof, it’ll be 50+ years before you have to replace it.

A metal roof improving energy efficiency

#5 EXPERIENCE THE BENEFITS OF USING YOUR AC LESS OFTEN

Improved energy efficiency

A metal roof’s energy efficiency comes from two factors, its reflectivity (reflecting light) and its emissivity (how quickly it releases the heat that does transfer to it).

It depends on the particular roof because different metal roofs have different coatings, but in many cases, you get high performance in both areas from a metal roof. In fact, metal roofs are so efficient that in milder climates, they may negate the need for an air conditioner altogether. However, we don’t think Florida homeowners will be getting rid of their A/C units any time soon.

A residential metal roof

#6 BE ENVIRONMENTALLY CONSCIOUS

More sustainable than alternative materials

Metal roofing is 100% recyclable. Asphalt shingles, however, go into the dumpster then the landfill, accounting for a good percentage of all construction-related waste. Furthermore, new metal roofing panels are almost always manufactured with at least some percentage of recycled metal. Compared to other options, metal roofs are the far more sustainable option.

#7 PROTECT YOUR HOME AGAINST HOUSE FIRES

Resistant to fire

Metal roofs are fireproof. Usually made of zinc, copper, steel and alloys, these roofs can stand up to lightning strikes and wildfires. Your metal roof will not ignite and spread the fire further as other roofing material may do.
You’ll sleep just a little easier when you know that your roof is adding to your family’s safety.

A person signs insurance documents.

#8 SAVE MONEY ON INSURANCE WITH DISCOUNTS

Potential insurance discounts

Did you know, after you install a metal roof, you may qualify for an insurance discount on your home? The insurance companies know they won’t have to cover as many claims for roof repair and replacement for homes with metal roofs. You could be saving money every month just by letting your insurance company know you made the switch to metal and asking for a discount on your premium.

#9 DO LESS WORK, ENJOY YOUR HOME MORE

Lower maintenance

Any homeowner knows that there is an endless string of tasks related to keeping a house in good repair. Anytime you can save time and money on hiring contractors or learning a few DIY skills, you’re freeing yourself up to use that time and money for the things you really want to do. Stop sinking money into one roof repair after another and get a metal roof that will stop asking for attention after every storm.

A home with a gray metal roof

#10 GREAT FOR HOMES UNABLE TO HANDLE HEAVIER MATERIALS

Lightweight option for use on different home types


Metal is one of the lightest-weight roof materials available. If your home has a weaker structure or you’re concerned about the weight of putting a new roof on it, you can rest easy knowing that metal roofing won’t take a major toll on your home’s structure.

A metal roof

WHAT ARE THE DISADVANTAGES OF A METAL ROOF?

Metal roofing can’t be completely disadvantage free. But the major disadvantages of metal roofs are relatively small in comparison to the long-term benefits you experience with a metal roof on your home.

#1 BIGGER INVESTMENT

Higher cost

Metal roofs are not the cheapest roofs on the market. Shingles tend to be the cheapest option TODAY, but most expensive over time and most likely to fail. It is worth the upfront cost of metal reroofing to enjoy a lifetime of stress-free roofing and greatest value.

#2 PATCHES MAY BE MORE NOTICEABLE

Difficult to match colors during repairs

It can be difficult to find an exact color match if your metal roofing needs a patch years down the road. This is because the color of your own roof will eventually begin to fade due to the sun. Damaged spots also tend to require an entire section or panel to be replaced. This means you won’t have just one small spot in a different color, it will be a large section on your roof. But given the relatively low chance of needing major replacements on your durable metal roofing, this shouldn’t sway you from choosing it as your top option for your home.

Rain drains off metal roof

HOW DO YOU MAINTAIN A METAL ROOF?

Metal is a relatively low maintenance roofing material, but you will still need to put in some care to keep it in top condition. You’ll want to ensure the following is done to your roof at least once a year:

  • Clean dirt, mildew, and stains from the surface
  • Remove branches and other debris
  • Clean out gutters and drains
  • Remove leaves and debris caught in valleys
  • Check fasteners, rivets, and screws
A brown metal roof

DO METAL ROOFS ATTRACT LIGHTNING?

Metal roofs don’t attract lightning any more than any other structure might. But, if a lightning strike does happen to hit you, you’re safer under a metal roof than any other roofing material.

Metal roofs are conductors and when paired with other fire-resistant materials, will diffuse the impact of the strike leading it into the ground. Your metal roof is also noncombustible, meaning it won’t catch fire in the event of a lightning strike to your home.

WEIGHING THE BENEFITS AND DRAWBACKS OF METAL ROOFING

Metal roofing provides your home with long-term, durable protection in Florida’s hurricane-prone, high-humidity climate. When investing in a roof you want to pick an option that won’t be a headache to maintain. This is why so many homeowners are choosing metal roofing as they replace their shingle and tile roofs.

Hippo Roof is your source in Melbourne and all of Brevard County for roofing that’s done professionally, with expert workmanship, exceptional customer service, and an unbeatable lifetime guarantee. Your first step is simply to ask us for a quote. Get your free quote by contacting us today.

What Roofing is Best for Hurricanes?

A residential metal roof

Hurricane reinforcements, hurricane-proof materials, and everything in between

It is best to protect your home with a metal roof when it comes to hurricane preparedness. Metal roofs are built to withstand winds of up to 160mph. Plus, it won’t blow away in pieces that become potential projectiles, which is what shingles do when they come loose. In hurricane-prone areas, like Florida, you’ll want to consider metal roofing for your home for the best long-term protection.

Top view of metal roof

WHAT ROOFING SHOULD YOU INSTALL ON YOUR HOME?

Roofing material comes down to preference in many cases. However, you should also consider longevity and durability as major factors in your final decision – especially as a Florida homeowner. Let’s break down the main types you’ll be picking from when selecting your new roof.

Metal Roofing

By far your best option for protecting your roof from wind damage.

Wind Resistance: Up to 160mph
Benefits: Durable, long-lasting, and no shingles to blow away in strong wind.
Drawbacks: Not all homeowners are fond of the look a metal roof gives their home.

Ceramic Tile

Good for hurricanes but less than optimal compared to metal roofing.

Wind Resistance: Up to roughly 130mph
Benefits: Aesthetic appeal make it a popular choice among homeowners.
Drawbacks: The weight of this roofing material prevents it from being an option for many Florida homes.

Natural Slate

Does not have the same resistance to wind as competing roofing materials.

Wind Resistance: Up to 110mph
Benefits: Slate is an eco-friendly roofing material.
Drawbacks: Slate roofs are more expensive and heavier than other options, similar to ceramic tile roofs.

Asphalt shingle roofing

Asphalt Shingles

Wind Resistance: Up to roughly 110mph
Benefits: A common roofing material that may be more affordable than other options.
Drawbacks: Not well-equipped to handle storms over a Category 3.

PROTECTING YOUR ROOF DURING HURRICANE SEASON

Roof type alone shouldn’t be the only measure you take against hurricane season. When preparing your home for an incoming hurricane be sure to double-check your roof has hurricane straps or other roof reinforcements in place. You should also secure your yard of any potential projectiles. In advance of hurricane season, you can opt for a professional inspection of your roof to repair any hidden damage before disaster strikes.

Hurricane Straps and Roof Reinforcements

Hurricane straps add extra reinforcement against wind-damage. This is generally added to new construction but can be added to your home post-roofing – it’s just more costly and time-consuming.

Roof reinforcements can also include a cable tie-down system. This essentially ties your roof to the foundation of your home.

A technician boards up windows.

Secure Yard for Incoming Hurricanes

Your roof isn’t the only thing you should be concerned about securing. Bring chairs and trash cans inside. Larger items that could be difficult or unsafe to bring inside, think propane tanks, should be anchored down. You should also trim all the trees surrounding your home. These steps will limit the potential projectiles that could be sent through your roof in high winds.
It’s also wise to board up windows. This won’t necessarily protect your roof, but it will protect your home’s interior and inhabitants.

Professional Exterior and Interior Inspection of Your Roof

While you’re not likely to call a professional roofing contractor out for an inspection hours before a hurricane is expected to hit, you can prepare for future hurricanes with inspections. Find a trusted roofing company and schedule an interior and exterior inspection. A professional will be able to tell you if your roof needs repair or additional reinforcement.

Tarps on roof to prepare for hurricane

DO YOU HAVE TIME TO REPLACE YOUR ROOF BEFORE HURRICANE SEASON?

A roofing company can give you an estimate on the length of time it will take from start to finish to install a roof. Remember, it’s unlikely they’ll pop out the next day and begin work on your roof. By preparing in advance you can ensure you have a new roof protecting your home by the start of hurricane season.

Why You Should Consider Changing Your Roof Material

If it’s time for you to change out your roof and your current roofing material isn’t metal, it’s time to weigh the pros and cons. With metal roofing, you’re looking at extended longevity and increased resistance to high-winds. This means fewer repairs and replacements in the lifetime of your home.

How Long Does Roof Installation Take?

Most roofing installations should take no more than three to five days. Your roofing company can give you a clear estimate on the start and end date for your new roof to be finished. They’ll also be able to answer any questions you have about the installation process.

An asphalt shingle roof replaced with metal roof.

PROTECT YOUR HOME WITH A METAL ROOF

See how your roof will look in metal. In just a few business days, we’ll deliver you a visualization of your roof with a new metal roof so that you can see how beautiful it will look.

Metal Roofing vs Asphalt Shingles

Silver metal roof on Florida home

Your complete guide to roof material selection in Florida

Florida homeowners’ two major options to decide between are metal roofing and asphalt shingles when getting ready to reroof their home. You’ll want to consider durability, hurricane and storm-resistance, added home value, energy efficiency, lifespan, and overall cost. Homeowners tend to prefer the aesthetic appeal of one roofing type over another but when selecting the best quality roof you should consider more factors than just visual preferences.

Deciding on a roofing material comes down to your financial situation and what qualities you’re most concerned with your new roof having. To determine this you’ll need to examine the qualities of metal roofing and asphalt shingles directly against one another.

A home with a metal roof

WHAT IS THE MOST DURABLE ROOFING MATERIAL?

Metal roofing is the clear winner when it comes to durability. You’ll see the reliability and durability reflected in the warranties given to metal roofs. Often these warranties are given for up to fifty years with metal roofing lifespans expectancy being even higher.

Shingles, however, can beat out metal roofing options like aluminum which can show some lifting after high winds. What you’ll need to know upfront when installing shingles is their heavier weight over metal roofing. While this may seem like a better option with the logic of a heavier roof being more difficult to destroy, that isn’t always the case.

HOW THESE ROOFING MATERIALS STANDUP TO HARSH WEATHER

When it comes to normal amounts of rain and wind, asphalt shingles certainly get the job done. However, these roofs usually can’t handle winds over 130 mph, and their wind performance declines steadily as they age. Hurricane-force winds can easily rip shingles from a roof, whereas a metal roof would fair fine.

A properly installed metal roof that meets manufacturer certifications can withstand winds of over 140 or 150 mph, making it the most weather-resistant of the two options. While metal roofing is better at standing up to hurricanes and storms, it is more susceptible to denting than shingle roofs. Hail damage can be more significant on a metal roof than a shingle roof. But this doesn’t mean shingle roofs are completely resistant to hail damage.

In a state known for hurricanes, it pays to have a metal roof.

A home with shingle roof

WHICH ROOFING MATERIAL ADDS THE MOST VALUE TO YOUR HOME?

A metal roof has a higher upfront cost than traditional asphalt shingles, but it also comes with a higher resale value — usually 1 to 6 percent higher, to be exact. Resale values are also dependent on geographic region. Florida residents will be happy to hear the ROI of a metal roof on the east coast is about 95 percent, compared to 85 percent on the west coast. Metal roofs do not match every home buyer’s style, color, or personal preferences. While this may turn some potential home buyers away, it won’t impact your home’s value and final ROI.

Shingles do add value to your home but not in any significant amount. This is because shingles are the standard roofing material in Florida. While a new roof of any kind will add value to your home, a new metal roof will make a more significant impact.

WHICH ROOFING MATERIAL IS THE MOST ENERGY EFFICIENT?

Metal roofs can be excellent insulators for your home. While a new roof of any kind can improve your energy efficiency, a metal roof offers energy savings of 25 percent compared to 15 percent with an asphalt shingle roof. Choose a metal roof with a light color to better reflect more heat and generate more savings.

Let’s break the energy savings down. The average household has a $100 energy bill every month. When you install a metal roof on your home this amount drops by roughly $25 per month, leaving you with a monthly energy bill of only $75 a month. Over the span of a year you’ll save a total of $300.

Shingle roofs are good at absorbing heat which is great during the winter but can be a pain in the summer. Plus, if you’re looking for additional eco-friendly benefits metal roofing may be a safer bet. Shingles can be recycled but only certain types. If you don’t have a specific shingle type it may just end up in a landfill. Metal roofing can be consistently recycled and reused, making it a much more eco-friendly roofing material.

A green metal roof

HOW DO SHINGLE AND METAL ROOFING COSTS COMPARE?

Metal roofs usually cost over twice as much as an asphalt shingle roof: $18,000 and $9,000 respectively. However, time plays a huge factor in the overall costs you put into a roof. Let’s break it down:

A Metal roof = $18,000 x 1 (60 year lifespan) = $18,000 lifetime cost
A Shingle roof = $9,000 x 3 (three 20-year lifespans) = $27,000 lifetime cost

While shingles are a budget-friendly roofing option if you just need a new roof on your home, metal roofs are the best long-term roofing investment for your home. While you might spend less money up front with an asphalt shingle roof, a metal roof will last three times as long and give you peace of mind — so if you’re hoping to stay in your house for decades to come, the metal roof is a better financial decision.

CHOOSING THE RIGHT METAL ROOFING EXPERTS

There are over 7,860 roofing contractors in Florida, with so many options available you want to make sure you pick a company that is reliable, qualified, and installs a roof built to last. No matter the type of roof you have installed on your roof, it takes a top-notch roofing company to install your roof the right way. Having professionals install your roof will help ensure the following:

  • More Efficient – Experienced roofing contractors can get your roof installed in a timely manner without sacrificing quality.
  • Higher Quality – If you use an unreputable roofing contractor you can’t guarantee the roofing material and the installation will be high quality. This isn’t a problem when using reputable roofing contractors in your area.
  • Safer Option – If you try to install a roof yourself you could easily end up injured due to lack of experience and few to no safety measures being taken during installation. Professional roofing contractors have the proper safety training and equipment necessary to safely install roofs.
  • Less Costly – DIYing your roofing or bringing in a poorly-reviewed company could be less cost-efficient than working with a reputable company. Roofing contractors already have all the necessary equipment and are able to get the roofing material for cheaper due to their relationships with manufacturers. If you DIY your roof you won’t get these same discounts and you’ll need to purchase all the supplies.

Hippo Roofing’s Roofs For Life® protect your home from the elements, improve your curb appeal, save you money on your monthly energy bills, and give you peace of mind. We’re happy to help you find the perfect metal roof for your home — call us for a free estimate today.

Choosing the Right Metal Roofing Color

Metal panels in gray, brown, red, and green.

The ultimate guide to picking the right color roof for your home

You’ve narrowed your roofing search down to metal roofs. You’ve even picked out a specific type of metal roof, which is more than most homeowners can say. But you’re still left with one question: what color should you pick for your new metal roof?

A metal roof lasts for 60 years — so you need to choose a color you’ll love for years to come. The color choice is a tough decision to make, but we’re happy to help you find a shade that fits your home and your style best.

Your Home is Red, Brown or Beige

Cocoa Brown
Cocoa Brown
gray
Gray
evergreen
Evergreen

Your Home is Light Grey

evergreen
Evergreen
gray
Gray
white
White

Your Home is White

evergreen
Evergreen
stone
Stone
ivory
Ivory
gray
Gray
cocoa brown
Cocoa Brown
copper
Copper
tan
Tan
white
White
clay
Clay
galvanized
Galvanized

Your Home is Wood or Log

cocoa brown
Cocoa Brown
gray
Gray
evergreen
Evergreen

OTHER FACTORS TO KEEP IN MIND WHEN SELECTING A ROOF COLOR

The color you’ve painted your home isn’t the only factor you’ll need to consider when deciding on a metal roof color. You should also consider:

  • The climate where you live
  • Policies to abide by, such as an HOA
  • The architectural style of your home

Pro Tip: Colors will look different throughout the day. If you have a swatch of your potential colors take a look at them outside at different times of the day. You may find that in subdued evening light a color option looks nice but in bright like it is too harsh.

KEEP IT SIMPLE WITH NEUTRAL ROOF COLORS

Sometimes, it’s better to keep it simple. Neutral colors like grey, clay, and tan are a mainstay in the interior and exterior design world, mainly because they pair well with just about anything.

If you’re having trouble picking a color for your metal roof, start with the neutrals. You can always add a punch of color later with trim, flower beds, siding, or a painted front door to give your home more personality. Take it from the experts — a sandstone, tan, or light gray roof will look great with your current siding, and the light hues will reflect heat and save you money on your monthly energy bill.

We offer the following neutral roof options: stone, ivory, grey, white, and tan.

GO OCEAN-INSPIRED WITH BLUE HUES

When you live in Florida, it’s hard to not think about the ocean. The state tends to lean toward a tropical and nautical feel — including homes. Fortunately, you don’t have to hang a ring buoy on your front door like a Christmas wreath in order to give your home an easygoing ocean vibe. All it takes is a blue or blue-green roof to bring a little piece of the Atlantic Ocean to your property.

Opt for a deep blue for a bottom-of-the-ocean look, a muted teal for a fun, shallow-water beach feel, or a clear blue that’s just like the midday ocean waves. You can even choose a burnt orange reminiscent of an ocean sunset or a white sand shade that pairs well with more colorful siding. Whatever you choose, you’ll have a subtle coastal feel to your home, which is much less tacky than nautical decorations in your front yard.

CHOOSE BARE METAL FOR AN INDUSTRIAL LOOK

It can be difficult to pull off the bare metal roof, although it can be the perfect addition to an industrial modern look.

This type of roofing looks best with white or light-colored siding, which helps the shiny roofing material blend in instead of dominating the visual balance of your home. It’s also great for homes with lots of windows, as bare metal will bring out your home’s modern lines and open concept.

PICK RED TO MAKE A STATEMENT

It’s bold, it’s brash, it’s bright — and it just might be the perfect choice for your home. A red metal roof can make your house the envy of the entire block if paired correctly. Red roofs look great with neutral siding and a bright green lawn — and it’s complemented perfectly by colorful flowers and other accents.

Choose a burnt red for a softer, less edgy look, or go straight for the firetruck red that’ll grab the attention of your neighbors.

WHAT IS THE BEST COLOR OF METAL ROOF FOR ENERGY SAVINGS

Did you know something as simple as roof color can cause a 50 to 60-degree difference on your roof? With a color selected aimed at energy-efficiency, you can expect a cooler home and a lower electric bill.

Generally, lighter-colored roofs attract less heat than darker colors. This can reduce your energy bill by up to 30%.

Keep in mind, modern metal roofs are made with energy-efficiency in mind. This could mean your darker-colored roof is just as energy-efficient as your light-colored one.

MAKING THE FINAL DECISION

Don’t rush into making a final decision right away. If you need help with selecting the best match for your home you can contact your roofing contractor for guidance. They’ve color-matched hundreds of roofs in their careers and will have no problem providing you with expert advice. Hippo Roof is your trusted choice for metal roofing in Brevard County. Whether you’re looking for a roof that’s muted and mellow or bright and bold, we’re happy to help. Call us today to get a free quote.

How a roof looks after metal roofing installed

SEE HOW YOUR ROOF WILL LOOK IN METAL

In just a few business days, we’ll deliver you a visualization of your roof with a new metal roof so that you can see how beautiful it will look.

10 Myths and Misconceptions About Metal Roofs

A Metal Roof

The truth about metal roofing

While shingles are a popular choice because of their low cost, they can’t hold a candle to metal roofs when it comes to durability, longevity, and superior protection of your home. Given that a home is the most expensive thing most people will buy in their lifetime, it only makes sense to protect that investment with a roof that’s going to stand the test of time. However, there are a lot of myths and misconceptions floating around about metal roofs. These myths can sometimes cause a person who would have benefited from a metal roof to decide not to get one.

MYTH #1: METAL ROOFS ARE OUTDATED

In many people’s minds, when they hear “metal roof,” they immediately picture the kind of corrugated tin roofing that sometimes appears on barns and other structures. Or, they think of an ancient home that had a metal roof, and the whole thing is so dreadfully outdated that the roof suffers by association. However, while technologies, trends, and building materials will come and go, what will never go out of style is the fact that you get huge value when you choose a metal roof. Metal roofs last nearly a lifetime, saving you from the need to re-roof your home again and again.

A home with a brown metal roof

MYTH #2: METAL ROOFS DETRACT FROM YOUR HOME’S APPEARANCE

Metal roofs actually provide a sleek, sharp appearance to a home, which many people find to be very attractive. When you talk about curb appeal, one of the most appealing things in the world to a future homebuyer is going to be the fact that they won’t have to re-roof the house anytime soon. Since metal roofing comes in multiple different textures and styles, you can almost always find an option that looks amazing and fits perfectly with the other architectural elements on your home. However, that being said, what is beautiful and attractive versus what is ugly and unappealing will always be a matter of opinion, and it’s ok if some people simply don’t prefer the look of a metal roof or don’t think it goes with the architectural style of a home.

MYTH #3: SINCE EVERYONE USES SHINGLES, SHINGLES MUST BE THE BEST.

Just because people follow the herd doesn’t mean that the herd mentality is right or best. People choose shingles because they are cheap, quick, and easy. They’re familiar with the architectural appearance of shingles on a home, so it’s easy to envision what the home will look like once the roof is done. In addition, builders and roofers like to install shingles because it allows them to hire cheap workers. Installing shingles takes far less skill and craftsmanship than installing a metal roof, which means that labor is readily available for a relatively low wage.

However, shingles are inferior to metal roofing in many ways, including:

In many people’s minds, when they hear “metal roof,” they immediately picture the kind of corrugated tin roofing that sometimes appears on barns and other structures. Or, they think of an ancient home that had a metal roof, and the whole thing is so dreadfully outdated that the roof suffers by association. However, while technologies, trends, and building materials will come and go, what will never go out of style is the fact that you get huge value when you choose a metal roof. Metal roofs last nearly a lifetime, saving you from the need to re-roof your home again and again.

However, shingles are inferior to metal roofing in many ways, including:

  • They don’t last as long.
  • They are susceptible to damage by rain, wind, UV light, and other debris hitting your roof.
  • Their energy efficiency performance is lower, adding to your air conditioning bills.
  • They are not environmentally friendly (old shingles go into the landfill).
A damaged asphalt shingle roof

MYTH #4: METAL ROOFS ARE HEAVIER

Actually, metal is one of the lightest-weight roofing materials out there. It depends on the metal you choose, but aluminum is the most lightweight, clocking in at around 50 pounds per square. Contrast this to shingles, which can weigh anywhere from 200 pounds per square for basic shingles to 500 pounds per square for higher-end shingles. Many people put shingles over top of existing shingles without giving it a second thought, but then they balk at the supposed weight that a metal roof will add to their home’s burden. If your roof can support the weight of shingles, it can far more easily support the weight of metal.

MYTH #5: METAL ROOFS ARE HOTTER IN THE SUMMER.

Our Florida summers get hot, and when you consider that your choice of roofing materials could make your home that much hotter, it makes you want to think twice. So which type of roof is going to heat up your home more? The answer may surprise you. It’s shingles. Modern metal roofs possess two properties that make them extremely energy efficient, making them great at helping to keep your home cooler in the summer.

First, they have high reflectivity. Light hits them and it reflects right back off toward the sky. Second, they have high emissivity. This means that they deflect (or emit) the heat energy that strikes them almost instantaneously, rather than absorbing it and releasing that energy over time. A substance with high emissivity is hot to the touch because it’s taking all the heat that strikes it and giving it back immediately. (In other words, don’t walk barefoot on your metal roof.)

Shingles are not reflective and have low emissivity, meaning that they accept more of that heat and transfer it to your attic. Excess warm air in your attic is a big reason that your living space heats up during the daytime. When you make the switch to metal roofing, your air conditioner won’t have to work nearly as hard, meaning that you’ll be able to cut down on energy consumption.

MYTH #6: METAL ROOFS ARE DEAFENINGLY NOISY WHEN IT RAINS

Metal roofs got a bad rap for being noisy because of metal roof installation methods from 50 years ago. One thing that we’ll say is that many people find it extra-soothing to fall asleep to the sound of raindrops pattering on the roof. It is a form of white noise that has a way of putting them straight to sleep, and they sleep deeply and soundly.

However, if that’s not your thing, there’s good news. The installation method of your metal roof has a lot to do with whether or not you will hear much noise, and there are ways to put padding material between the metal and the plywood decking so that you’ll barely hear any sound.

If you’d like to talk with one of our customers and ask them about their experience with whether their metal roof is too noisy or not, Hippo Roof keeps a list on file of customers who are willing to act as a reference. If you need to, we can refer you to someone who is able to talk to you about their experience. At the end of the day, though, we’re confident that you won’t find your metal roof to be noisy, much less “deafening.”

Rain runs off metal roof.

MYTH #7: LIGHTNING WILL STRIKE A METAL ROOF

The background for this myth is that it is well known that metal acts as an electrical conductor. However, what’s not true is that a metal roof will do anything to attract lightning. You’re just as (un)likely to be hit by lightning with a metal roof as without one. However, here’s where the metal on your roof will benefit you. First, because it’s a conductive material, it will spread out the effect of the lightning strike if you ever do have one, lessening the effect at any one point. Second, because it’s not a combustible material, it will reduce your risk that that lightning strike will cause a fire, resulting in further damage to your home.

Rest assured that our professional metal roof installation crew will ensure that your metal roof is grounded properly so that if a lightning strike did occur, it would simply transfer that electricity directly into the ground.

MYTH #8: METAL ROOFS ARE PRONE TO RUST

The old kind, yes. The new kind, not so much. We’ve all seen a disgusting metal roof that had unsightly rust streaks all up and down it. We don’t blame you if you don’t want that on your house. We wouldn’t, either. But again, that rusty old roof was made from a kind of corrugated metal roofing that is completely different from the metal roofing of today. With high-tech coatings on the metal, your roof will resist rust (even in a climate with salty air like we have here in Florida) and continue to look great for years to come.

MYTH #9: THE FASTENERS ON METAL ROOF ARE PRIME SPOTS FOR LEAKS

OK, here’s a puzzle for you. Metal roofing panels are built with a series of holes in them, and the panels are installed by inserting screws through those holes and into the wood underneath. How do you protect the screw holes from leaking? Aren’t you just asking for water damage in every hole? No, you’re not. There are two main lines of defense against your metal roof ever leaking.

  1. Every screw is drilled down over a neoprene washer, which acts as an excellent sealant all by itself. Neoprene has a low rate of oxidation and is resistant to sun, weather, ozone, and aging. The water that reaches your screws, will be stopped in its tracks from getting any further.
  2. The screws themselves aren’t embedded straight into your roof. Instead, they’re screwed into a grid of special boards that are installed above your roof’s decking material. These boards are extremely unlikely to ever get the least bit wet, much less suffer decay from water damage. However, even if they did, it wouldn’t be your plywood decking or your trusses that were getting damaged—just the grid of overlaying boards, which are not nearly as essential to your home’s structural integrity.

MYTH #10: METAL ROOFING IS EXTREMELY PRICEY

There’s no doubt that a metal roof is a desirable thing, but many people feel that metal roofs are a high-end item that must be out of their price range. Yes, it’s true that metal roofing tends to cost more than shingles, because the materials are more expensive and the people who install it have to be more skilled (driving labor costs up). However, what if there was a way that you could afford a metal roof after all? Maybe you can! With Hippo Roof, you have the opportunity to get a metal roof for the same price as shingles.* Now that’s a deal you can’t pass up. Why not schedule an interview with one of our roofing experts to go over the options with you and discuss an estimate of your price? You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

REQUEST A FREE QUOTE TODAY

We want you to know that you’re getting a superior product that will last you for many years to come. That’s why we offer a lifetime guarantee on materials and workmanship when you ask the roofing experts at Hippo to install a DefenderRoof. Your first step towards the metal roof of your dreams is to simply get someone to come out and give you an estimate. This is an informational meeting where we’ll answer your questions, let you pick out your options, and learn about the option of metal roofing. Simply contact us to ask for your free quote. We look forward to hearing from you!

What Gauge Metal Roof is The Best?

Brown Metal Roof

The ultimate guide for roof gauges.

There are many advantages to having a metal roof. These include longevity and durability, as well as appearance and versatility. But metal roofs can come in different gauges and it’s important to choose the right one for your home or building. But how do you know what gauge is best?

WHAT IS A ROOF GAUGE?

Gauge is the thickness of the metal used for a roof. Metal roof panels are measured by gauge and are usually between 22 and 29. Each number represents a range of inches (0.0179 to 0.0217, for example) so two roofs may have the same gauge but slightly different thicknesses. Any difference is minimal in actual thickness but may have an effect on how sturdy the metal is. But be wary of basing a decision on roof gauge alone. Other factors are at play when it comes to metal roofing durability.

The standard gauges for residential roofs are 22 through 29, with 26 as the most common choice. 22 is the thickest gauge, while 29 is the thinnest. For reference, a can of soda is usually 37-gauge, while the thickness of the hood of a car is 20-gauge.

What Are the Benefits of a Higher Gauge Metal Roof?

The biggest benefit of having a higher gauge roof is that it is less expensive. 29-gauge metal is used on 90% of homes with metal roofs.

What Are the Benefits of a Lower Gauge Metal Roof?

Lower gauges of a roof are more expensive. But they’re also far more durable and more resistant to damage caused by weather if the competing higher gauged roof is without fasteners or hard steel.

A green panel of metal roofing

Gauges for Residential Buildings

The standard gauges for residential roofs are 22 through 29. 22 is the thickest gauge, while 29 is the thinnest. For reference, a can of soda is usually 37-gauge, while the thickness of the hood of a car is 20-gauge.

Based on gauge alone a thicker metal will be more durable and is more resistant to weather events. A thicker gauge also requires less support from the building because it will remain structurally sound for longer. However, not every building requires such a thick gauge, so customers should take into account what their home actually needs. Plus, roofs aren’t as simple as selecting a gauge and installing the roof. There are plenty of additional features and factors which can create superior durability in a roof made of a lower gauge.

Keep in mind too, the thicker the metal, the more it costs. While thicker metal may save money in the long run by preventing long-term damage, it may not be necessary for certain locations. Thicker gauge typically helps with the amount of snow a roof can hold up, but we know that isn’t a huge concern here in Florida.

Many homeowners choose to install a 29-gauge roof with trim that is 26-gauge, which can be more cost-effective than a 22-gauge roof.

WHAT FACTORS IMPACT WHICH GAUGE IS BEST?

Which gauge is actually best depends on a variety of factors, including where you live. If you don’t live somewhere that gets a lot of snow, you may not need as thick a roof.

Weather

Based on gauge alone a thicker metal will be more durable and is more resistant to weather events. A thicker gauge also requires less support from the building because it will remain structurally sound for longer. However, not every building requires such a thick gauge, so customers should take into account what their home actually needs. Plus, roofs aren’t as simple as selecting a gauge and installing the roof. There are plenty of additional features and factors which can create superior durability in a roof made of a lower gauge.

Cost

Keep in mind too, the thicker the metal, the more it costs. While thicker metal may save money in the long run by preventing long-term damage, it may not be necessary for certain locations. Thicker gauge typically helps with the amount of snow a roof can hold up, but we know that isn’t a huge concern here in Florida.

Many homeowners choose to install a 29-gauge roof with trim that is 26-gauge, which can be more cost-effective than a 22-gauge roof.

OTHER FACTORS AFFECTING METAL ROOF DURABILITY

Metal roof on residence

Metal Type

The type of metal used varies in price. Copper and zinc cost more than aluminum or steel. The life expectancy and durability of each type of metal can affect the price. Different types of metals also can use different measuring standards, which means that two different metals that are of the same gauge may not actually be the same actual thickness. Because thicker panels are more expensive, a metal that has a thicker measurement for the same gauge than another type of metal may cost more.

Steel Hardness

If you opt to use steel as your metal of choice, you’ll find that harder steels are more durable. Steel is measured using grades or units of tensile toughness. For example, a full hard grade 80 steel, or 80,000 psi minimum tensile strength is stronger than a grade 50 or 50,000 psi tensile strength.
This is a major factor in determining how tough a roof is. If a roof has a higher gauge but higher-grade steel then it can be more durable than lower gauge roofs.

Fasteners

Fasteners secure the roof membrane to the structural roof deck. This improves the durability of the roof overall. These can create a stronger roof despite a higher gauge if placed at specific intervals.

Potential Damage

The reason that thicker panels are recommended for areas that have more extreme weather is that they’re less liable to be damaged by it. The thickness will help prevent dents and other cosmetic damage as well. However, this level of durability can also be achieved with higher gauges that are cheaper in cost, using fasteners and high-quality steel.

Location

The reason that thicker panels are recommended for areas that have more extreme weather is that they’re less liable to be damaged by it. The thickness will help prevent dents and other cosmetic damage as well. However, this level of durability can also be achieved with higher gauges that are cheaper in cost, using fasteners and high-quality steel.

WHICH GAUGE METAL ROOF IS BEST FOR YOU?

To determine which gauge of metal roof is best for your home, it’s important to weigh the weather your home will have to withstand against the cost of the roof. If you live somewhere like Florida, you won’t need to have as low a gauge because the roof won’t need to withstand the weight of snow on top of it. However, your roof will still need to be strong enough to withstand hurricanes. Your best bet is to consult a roofing company. They’re professionals who are experienced with metal roofing in your location and can make recommendations for your home. If you need help deciding what roof is best for your home contact a professional roofing company.

Let’s Talk About Metal Roofing and Saltwater Air

Effects of saltwater on metal roofing

If you live in Melbourne, it’s likely that you’re a fan of the ocean. There are hundreds of towns in Florida that are landlocked and require a drive to see the Atlantic, but we’re guessing you moved here so that you could enjoy the warm breezes and have access to the fun that the ocean has to offer.

When you first hear about metal roofs, one of your first thoughts might be “what about rust?” After all, we’re dealing with steel, and steel tends to rust. Let’s take a look at how saltwater can affect metal roof installation.

STEEL ROOFS

For most homeowners in Melbourne who aren’t on the actual beach, a steel roof is a great option.

  1. Steel Isn’t Affected By Most Air: While there’s salt in the air, it’s not at nearly a high-enough concentration to cause rust to form on a steel roof.
  2. Rainwater Isn’t Salty: Even rain from hurricanes is still freshwater.
  3. It’s Not Just Steel: When most people think of steel, their first thought is of iron. But steel isn’t just iron, it’s full of carbon, molybdenum, chromium, manganese, and / or nickel, as well as coatings that prevent the steel roof from rusting.
  4. And Yet…: Steel roofs aren’t meant for every roof in Melbourne. It all depends on how close you are to the ocean. The best way to find out if a steel roof (or aluminum roof; see below) is right for you is to contact Hippo Roofing at (321) 951-2500. We have extensive experience with installing roofs and know how close to the beach is too close.

ALUMINUM ROOFS

So let’s say you live close to the beach. Maybe you’re actually on the beach or a hundred yards from it. You’re not just smelling the beach air; you’re feeling the spray! Won’t the saltwater in the air and water droplets affect a steel roof? The answer is probably, and that’s when you might want to consider an aluminum metal roof.

  1. Aluminum Doesn’t Rust: As you’ve probably seen from discarded soda cans, aluminum isn’t susceptible to rust. That makes it a great option if you’re close to the beach.
  2. Aluminum Is Lighter: Aluminum is considerably lighter than steel, meaning there’s less weight on your home.
  3. Aluminum is Easy To Recycle: Steel is easy to recycle, but nothing beats aluminum for easy of recyclability. Aluminum can be recycled again and again, which mean that less of it has to be mined and less of it goes to the landfill. Any aluminum scraps that are created during your roof installation are easily recycled.
  4. And yet…: An aluminum is going to cost you more, simply because the metal itself is more expensive. Another disadvantage of aluminum is that it’s a better conductor of heat, meaning that it won’t provide quite the same about of insulation as a steel roof will.

In the end, deciding on a metal roof is easy. Deciding on which metal, steel or aluminum, can be harder. Hippo Roofing is here to help you make that decision, so if you have any questions please contact us right here.