During the late 1980's and 1990's many roofs were replaced that were 30 or 40 years old. The shingles were thick, durable, and a quality product. Since then, many laws have passed concerning the chemicals used to produce shingles that have adversely affected their longevity. That is why many of the roofs replaced 21 years ago after the hurricane already need replacing.
Times have changed, and metal roofing is a sensible solution to address the changes.
WHAT HAS CHANGED ABOUT TODAY'S METAL?
Metal in the 1980's was in the early stages of technology. The roofing metal produced today has a very special coating comprised of 55% aluminum an 43% zinc and 2% silicone. This special coating gives it the exceptional corrosion resistance needed on the island. In addition the paint, called Kynar is the best in the industry at resisting fading and chalking.
YES, METAL IS GREAT BUT CAN I AFFORD IT?
Due to ever escalating petroleum prices (a major component of shingles), you will be pleasantly surprised to learn that the price difference has narrowed, and in some cases metal is less expensive. With 100% financing, choosing metal roofing can also be made affordable with easy monthly payments
I HEARD DURING THE HURRICANE METAL DIDN'T FAIR SO WELL?
Metal roofing installed before the hurricane was thin and cheap, and fastened with short lead head nails that corroded quickly. It was fastened to board strips called lath, that did not hold up in high winds.
Improved building codes introduced solid decking and screws. Research done by insurance companies after more recent hurricanes on the mainland showed METAL performs significantly better than shingles. Take a look at our BLOG post for more details about extreme weather.