A proposed ordinance, if passed by the Monroe County Commission, would require new or replacement roofs in the Florida Keys to be metal rather than a less expensive option like shingles.

The proposed mandate has gained a lot of attention from Dade County roofers and Broward County roofers, as well has those affected by Hurricane Irma in the Keys. The proposal has become so important that the Monroe County Commission has moved back the proposed ordinance to its December meeting, pending additional research into other roof technology, according to the Keynoter and Reporter Newspapers.

“One significant observation from [post-Hurricane Irma] inspections is that metal roofs fared far better than those roofs covered by asphalt shingles,” A Monroe County staff summary read, via the Miami-Herald. “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 county anticipates the cost of installing a new metal roof under the ordinance would be covered by an insurance provider and not the homeowner.

According to the Miami-Herald, existing homes without significant roof damage from Hurricane Irma would not be required to get a new metal roof right away, but would have to upgrade to one in the course of maintaining the structure.

While Metal roofs tend to cost more than their asphalt counterparts, they come with a number of safety advantages:

  • 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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