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Safety and Dependability of Metal Roofing

Metal Roofing Protects Your Home and Your Family

Hail Ratings

Safety and Dependability of Metal RoofingMetal roofing provides an outstanding barrier against the elements. It is resistance to hail, fire, and wind damage. In fact, many metal roofing products have the highest impact resistance and hail ratings granted by the insurance commissions in the hail belt regions of the United States. Some insurance companies even provide a reduced rate for metal roofs. Metal roofing is classified with a Class 4 Hail Rating – the highest rating granted.

Wind and Fire Ratings

All metal roofing products are very wind resistant. Many styles have been tested to withstand hurricane force winds; wind warranties can be as high as 120 mph. As far as fire safety is concerned, a steel roof is the most fire safe roof. It is classified as a noncombustible roofing material with a Class “A” Rating – the highest rating given.

Lightning Safety

Metal roofing is no more susceptible to lightning than any other roofing material. Lightning most frequently strikes the highest point in any terrain; if your roof is at the highest point of the surrounding terrain, you can install lightning rods. A metal roof will not increase the risk of lightning striking your home, and since metal roofing isn’t combustible or flammable, it is low risk. If your home were to be struck by lightning, the metal roofing would actually disperse the energy safely throughout the structure. If you live in Florida, the lightning capital of the nation, then metal roofing is a low risk and desirable option.

B&B has the capabilities to outfit any project you may be tackling with a premium metal roof. Call us today at 1(386) 325-0242.


Energy Star Approved – Receive Your Tax Credit!

Manufacturers and Energy Star Ratings

Energy Star Metal RoofingMany of our manufacturers have Enery Star ratings. Either Galvalume or painted metal is going to provide a great barrier for your home from the brutal UV rays. Also, metal roofing is a great insulator, helping to keep your home cool. Energy Star qualified roof products can help reduce the amount of air conditioning needed in buildings, and can reduce peak cooling demand by 10-15 percent, where as asphalt shingles tend to slowly deteriorate because of the material that they are made of and the suns harsh UV rays.

Forms and Process

Energy Star Tax Credit

Energy Star qualified roof products help reflect more of the sun’s rays. This can lower roof surface temperatures by up to 100 degrees fahrenheit, decreasing the amount of heat transferred into a building. You can acquire additional savings on your monthly cooling costs using the Energy Star rated metals, and by qualifying for the $500 tax rebate. You can find the forms here.

Florida Power & Light Customer Incentive Program

If you are a FPL customer, using a Participating Independent Contractor, you may also quality for an additional incentive from FPL. You can find more information for the process and incentive here.

Unlike typical asphalt shingles, metal roofing offers you the selection of color profiles, material, energy savings, and longevity for your roof. Metal roofing has a longer life expectancy than asphalt shingles, leaving you with the peace of mind that you have a solid and secure material for you home that is going to be able to withstand the elements and the test of time. Let B&B Wholesale Metals help you with your metal roofing project by providing world-class knowledge, service, and selection.


Introduce Yourself to Metal Roofing

Tin is Tin?

Metal Roofing HouseFirst things first, most “tin” roofs are not tin at all! It is a common misconception because when most people hear “metal roofing,” they immediately thing “tin.” But, tin roofs are actually very rare now. They are more than likely to be one of several different types of metal used in today’s roofing industry.

Some of the most commonly used material today are: Galvalume, Galvanized Steel, and Aluminum. These materials are offered in different gauges. 29 gauge metal tends to be the most commonly used, however, there are thicker gauges available.

The Greatest Advantages

Energy Star Metal RoofingOne of the big advantages of metal roofing is the energy savings and the environmentally sound choice, as opposed to asphalt shingles. Many manufacturers even have Energy Star ratings. Metal roofing offers a dependable barrier against the weather and elements and it is an excellent choice for the Florida weather. It provides a barrier against lightning, wind, hail, and fire.

Metal roofing tends to last for decades or longer, and it can be found all throughout history, some of which are still in tact. It has been such a popular choice for so long because are so many advantages.

Galvalume Metal Roofing

Galvalume Metal RoofThe most commonly used metal for metal roofing is Galvalume, introduced in 1972 by Bethlehem Steel, it has been one of the most commonly used metal choices because it can be used not only for metal roofing or siding, but also for miscellaneous applications like furniture, outdoor cabinetry, gutters, and piping.

Galvalume does look a lot like galvanized steel, but since it is made up of 45% zinc and 55% aluminum, it provides a stronger resistance to corrosion. Galvalume will resist, rust, other elements, and fire, all while providing a strong, sturdy, and reliable covering. It is also more corrosion resistant than galvanized steel and it is offered in different profiles, which can be painted to the color of your choice. Check out our Galvalume Special!

Metal Roofing Products and Gauges

If Galvalume is not the right material for your project, there are many other options for you to choose from. You can always decide to go with galvanized steel, stone coated steel, tin, or aluminum. No matter which metal roofing material you decide to go with, be aware that there are different gauges of metal.

When approaching the idea of metal roofing, one of your questions should be what gauge is the metal? The gauge is a measure of the thickness of the metal, but it is important to remember that the metal increases in thickness as the gauge number decreases.

When you get the answer of 26 gauge or 29 gauge, know that there are also variations within these gauges as well. For example, 29 gauge steel has an average thickness of .0135 and 26 gauge has an average thickness of .0179. The 29 gauge metal roofing materials are the thinnest metal roofing recommended for most residential applications. The thicker the gauges, such as the common 24 gauge, is recommended for areas that experience severe weather conditions, high winds, and hail. Going with the 29 gauge metal roofing materials is more economical and still provides a quality roof with high energy savings.

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Why Metal Roofing: Metal vs. Shingles

Why Metal Roofing?

Common Roofing Materials

Why Metal RoofingThe most important component of any building is the roof. Without a good roof, even the sturdiest of buildings will fall into disrepair when exposed to nature’s extremes. Modern roofing capabilities offer a wide variety of roofing materials to suit your needs. The most common materials used for roofing are steel, also known as metal roofing, and composite, or petroleum based shingles.

Modern Metal Roofing

Metal roofing is no longer just a practical roofing material that out lasts shingles. Metal is quickly replacing shingles as a stylish and cost effective alternative. Not to mention the energy and money saving properties that goes along with it. Today, metal roofing offers a variety of panels and styles that allow the consumer to customize and stylize to their needs and even desires.


Labor Efficiency and Waste

Most of us are familiar with the unavoidable mess that occurs when worn out shingles must be torn off of a neighbor’s house. A few thousand pounds of shingles, tar paper, and rusty nails being heaved to the ground, instantly turns your landscaping into a construction zone. One of the benefits of metal roofing is, in most cases, the metal can be run right over shingles. This allows the shingles to act as additional insulation and you can avoid the extra cost and mess associated with tear off.


The price of a new roof system depends on many variables: materials used, contractor utilized, location, labor cost, and even time of year. For each roofing material, there are different gauges with corresponding prices, as well as a variety of styles and paint systems. The best advice is to research the full range of products available and make a choice according to your budget and needs. However, metal roofing is much less expensive when considering the life expense of a roof. Also consider, installing a new metal roof will likely be the last decision you make about the roof of your home.

Life Span

An asphalt shingle roof needs to be replaced approximately every 15 years, while a properly installed and maintained metal roof can last over 50 years. This means you typically have to replace your shingle roof three times in the life span of a metal one.

Green and Efficient

The life span is not the only way you can save money with metal roofing. A metal roof can help save you 10-20% on your energy bill, making a metal roof good for your wallet and the environment. Adding to this point, petroleum based shingles prices are rising with the price of gasoline. Taking into account the upward trend in oil and gas prices, one can conclude that the prices of shingles will follow.

Protection and Aesthetic Appeal

The most common metal roofing panel is made of steel coated with zinc and/or aluminum. This special coating protects the steel from exposure and damage. Siliconized modified polyester (SMP) paints can also be applied further protecting the metal roofing from oxidation as well as providing an elegant aesthetic appeal.

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Why Metal Roofing: Top Ten Advantages

Life Span and Warranty

  1. A metal roof, correctly installed, can last three times as long as a composite shingle roof. Also, metal manufacturers typically offer a 30-50 year warranty on their metal roofing systems.
  2. Raises the value of your building and may reduce home owners insurance. Much cheaper than shingles over its lifespan.
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Low Maintenance

  1. Metal roofing can be applied right over existing shingles and other materials.
  2. Much less on-going maintenance is required than a shingle roof.

Energy Efficiency

  1. Reflects heat and adds insulation which can easily save you 10-20% on cooling and heating costs.
  2. Causes significantly less pollution and waste than shingles.
  3. Solar energy panels can be fastened to metal roofing.

Environmental Factors

  1. Metal roofing withstands hurricane force winds, with panels rated up to 146mph wind uplift resistance.
  2. Coastal living concerns? The right metal roofing systems provide excellent corrosion protection.
  3. Does not hold heavy debris, ice, or snow and is fire retardant.

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FPL Residential Roof Replacement Program



With the Metal Roofing Industry changing constantly, the programs naturally go through changes as well.

As of Sept. 15, 2015, the Florida Public Service Commission approved changes to some of our energy efficiency programs. These programs are paid for by all FPL customers as part of their electric rates. The changes that are to come will allow FPL to carry on offering cost-effective programs to help participating customers save energy while keeping rates low for everyone.

FPL recently announced that Effective October 1, 2015, the Residential Roof Replacement program has been discontinued. All jobs related to this program must be installed by September 30, 2015, and the current rebate form must be received by FPL by November 29, 2015, in order to receive the rebate payment. No payments will be processed after November 29th.

Find out if these changes affect you and your home!
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For more information, please visit FPL Website for the full article.

For more information on the changes to the programs near you, contact a FPL Program Specialist.