shingles or metal for hurricane protection?

Guest User
4/22/2005
I am trying to research which is stronger: a regular shingled or a metal roof in Orlando for a stucco sunroom with a plexiglass roof. It was originally a screened in porch constructed in 1979. The rest of the roof is asphalt shingled and this is a concrete block building. The porch has 3 4x8 tempered glass windows in metal frames and faces east and south. The estimtes are very close. Can you help? Many thanks.
Todd Miller
Isaiah Industries, Inc.
4/23/2005
Hi. Thanks for your question. I am not sure I understand exactly what situation you have. However, the manufacturers of all products should be able to tell you what sort of wind tests their products have passed. Obviously, we're going t be partial to metal and we have certainly seen metal roofs out-perform shingle roofs time and time again in wind events. However, there is a wide variety of metal products and they each have their own characteristics as far as wind resistance, too.
Guest User
4/26/2005
I am a director of a villas association that would like to have a metal hurricane proof roof installed on 9 buildings of approximately 10,000 sq. ft. each. Another association having the same amount may also be interested. We also want to have a 20 year loan to cover it. Sid Newton 239-947-3730
Todd Miller
Isaiah Industries, Inc.
4/27/2005
Have you used the Find A Contractor section of this website?
Guest User
8/13/2005
In regards to your remark that "there are a wide variety of metal products and they each have their own characteristics as far as wind resistance", I was wonder if you know where I can get that kind of information for standing seam vs. the metal shingle/slate/etc. types? We are building a house and the HOA will not allow a standing seam but will allow metal shingle, etc. We live on the east coast of Florida and really wanted something to stand up to the winds. Also, do you know the order of magnitude difference in price between standing seam and metal shingle? I know you cannot quote a price but I was hoping you might a percentage difference ballpark. Thanks
Todd Miller
Isaiah Industries, Inc.
8/14/2005
Generally, compared to a quality standing seam, the shake and shingle products will cost the same or perhaps a bit less. This has to do with shipping costs being gauges and, sometimes, metal gauges being thinner. I am sorry there is no "general rule" in regards to wind resistance of these two product types other than most all have passed the required 90 psf uplift tests. Your best bet on any product is to ask whether it has passed one of the 90 psf tests.
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