Florida’s Metal and Tile Roofs, Part 1: Material Strength

St Petersburg roofers will agree that for a roofing material to get the universal seal of approval in Florida, it needs to fulfill two criteria: first, it must be strong enough to withstand tropical storms and hurricane winds, and second, it must be able to keep the home under it cool.

Metal and tile roofs, two roofing materials with radically different physical properties, meet both these requirements in radically different ways. Let’s talk about material strength first.

Storms in Florida are no laughing matter, and roofs here receive much more than their fair share of abuse. Fortunately, metal roofs have a typical wind uplift rating of 150 mph, a number that can be pushed even higher with site-specific engineering. The same is true for roofing tiles. Both metal and tile have been known to resist sustained hurricane-strength winds with minimal damage. Now that’s strength.

Apart from outstanding wind resistance, metal and tile roofs also hold up well against heavy rain and snow. Metal is slightly less desirable in areas that receive a lot of hailstorms, but fortunately Florida doesn’t see hail that often.

Arry’s Roofing, the leader among roofing contractors in St. Petersburg FL, works with both metal and tile roofs. They boast a full sheet metal shop, where a highly specialized metal roofing crew fabricates their own materials. They are also certified by the Tile Roofing Institute, an organization with even more stringent standards than some states.

Their technical expertise more than qualifies Arry’s Roofing to install both metal and tile roofs throughout Tampa, Clearwater, St. Pete, and the rest of Florida.

In the next half https://www.arrysroofing.com/blog/floridas-metal-and-tile-roofs-part-2-cooling-power/of this two-part series, we’ll cover metal and tile roofs’ cooling power. Stay tuned!