Hurricane Irma has spurred officials in the Florida Keys to consider making metal roofs mandatory for new or replacement roofs.
The Monroe County Commission was set to consider an ordinance Nov. 14 that would do just that. Officials say the proposed ordinance was sparked by damage wrought by Hurricane Irma and the idea that metal roofs are more durable than asphalt roofs.
Such considerations have become more common in the past several months.
“One significant observation from [post-Hurricane Irma] inspections is that metal roofs fared far better than those roofs covered by asphalt shingles,” says a county staff summary. “County residents who lost roofs during Irma have asked if there is a way to obtain help in paying to harden their homes by upgrading from traditional shingles to a metal roof.”
The draft ordinance says the County Commission “anticipates that the cost of repair or replacement of a damaged shingle roof to the mandated [standing seam] metal roof would be borne by the … insurance provider and not the homeowner.”
At a recent convention in Las Vegas, people in the industry said they expected recent hurricanes in Florida and Texas would drive sales of metal roofing higher. Already, metal roofing was on an upswing, moving up to 14 percent of the market from 8 percent in 2014. Asphalt shingles still dominate the market with 80 percent. But ordinances like the one in the Keys could drive metal adoption higher.
Some of the advantages of metal roofs include:
- Longevity—Metal roofs can last from 40-70 years.
- Durability—Some metal roofs can withstand winds of up to 140 mph.
- Energy efficiency—Metal roofs can cut energy costs by 10-25 percent by reflecting radiant heat.
- Environmentally friendly—Metal roofs are 100 percent recyclable, and are often made from recyclable material.
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