If you’re concerned that your metal roof won’t stand against the weather and elements, you can relax. Metal roofing can handle winds up to 150 miles per hour! Metal roofs are also leakproof, which means they can withstand heavy rain. This is in stark contrast to other roofing materials! Metal roofs are non-combustible and easily more resistant to flames than shingle or asphalt roofing. There’s nothing about metal roofing that makes it more attractive to lightning, especially if you remember that lightning always hits the highest object in an area. The low weight of a metal roof helps avoid the risk of a cave-in. Cave-ins can occur when water or fire damage causes the roof to collapse. With less weight, there’s a much lower risk. We see hail in Florida sometimes, and this is probably the greatest weakness of the metal roof. Because the straight-seam metal roof is made of flat panels, they are susceptible to dents and finish damage. Fortunately, you can cap over the hail-damaged shingles when necessary.
Most states require roofing contractors to be licensed in that state to work; but codes and requirements will differ between states, which