Should I Get a Corrugated Metal Roof? 5V Roof Replacement Guide

May 6, 2024

For both homes and businesses, metal roofs are becoming a staple in Florida. And it makes sense — as Florida’s hurricanes get worse, property owners need stronger roofs that can stand up to the element. At the same time, though, many Floridians have concerns about metal roofing costs. Is a corrugated metal roof the solution?

It’s not as simple as a yes or no answer, but PITCH Roofing is here to walk you through everything you need to know about corrugated metal roofing. Keep reading for a step-by-step breakdown of corrugated metal roof pros, cons, and costs!

What Is a Corrugated Metal Roof?

What Is a Corrugated Metal Roof

There are a few names you might know a corrugated metal roof as: 5V roofing or exposed fastener metal roofing. But these all describe the same roofing system, which uses corrugated metal roof panels and drills them directly down onto your roof. Since the screws go through both the panel and roof decking, you can be confident that your roof isn’t going anywhere.

These roofs look noticeably different from standing seam metal roofs. Standing seam is mostly flat and smooth, whereas a corrugated metal roof has a distinctive S or V shape, with hills and valleys across each roofing panel.

This covers the basics of what a corrugated metal roof is, but this isn’t nearly enough information to make an informed decision on your roof. For that, you’ll have to consider the pros and cons of getting a corrugated metal roof replacement.

Pros and Cons of a Corrugated Metal Roof

There are both ups and downs to the unique designs of corrugated metal roofs. To figure out if the good outweighs the bad, you’ll need to look at this roofing material from many different angles. Let’s see what Pitch’s veteran roofers have to say about this metal roofing option!

Pro: Perfect Protection for Floridians

Metal roofing protects against the worst that Florida has to offer. In the Sunshine State, most weather that we see could do serious damage to your roof. Let’s look at how corrugated metal roofing handles each and every one of these problems:

  • High Winds: Corrugated metal roofs are rated for winds of up to 120 mph!
  • Rain: When properly installed, a 5V roof creates a water-tight barrier that not even Florida’s downpours can break through.
  • Sun Exposure: Metal roofs resist UV rays by reflecting them away from your structure, which also helps reduce monthly energy bills.
  • Mold: Unlike shingle roofs, metal roofs can’t be soaked through and develop mold! This also reduces the risk of pest infestations.

For all of these reasons, a corrugated metal roof is a great choice if you want to Florida-proof your roof!

Con: Faster Wear and Tear

Because it uses exposed fasteners, a corrugated metal roof will age faster than one with hidden fasteners. Over time, the elements can wear down the fasteners on your roof. Realistically, this doesn’t mean that your roof is going to be blown off your home or business. But it does mean that water could use these penetrations to infiltrate your roofing system.

It isn’t all bad news, though. For one thing, you can lower your roof’s risk by choosing reliable installers who can set your roof up for a long, healthy life. And although corrugated metal roofs age faster, they can still last for 30-45 years. That’s significantly more than even the best architectural shingle roof!

Pro: Affordable Metal Roofing

If there’s one problem that almost everyone has with metal roofing, it’s the cost. Standing seam roofs can cost $25 per square foot or more in Florida, and that simply isn’t a reasonable number for most Floridians. Thankfully, getting a corrugated metal roof is much more affordable.

5V metal roofing costs between five and 12 dollars per square foot for both manufacturing and installation, making it less than half the cost of a standing seam roof. This makes it much more affordable for Floridians to hurricane-proof their roofs!

Con: Requires Regular Maintenance

Con: Requires Regular Maintenance

Remember how we mentioned that a corrugated metal roof will age faster than other metal roofs? That comes with increased maintenance. But before you give up on this affordable metal roofing option, let’s talk about what that really means.

The problem with these roofs is the exposed fasteners. As the roof gets older, these fasteners can loosen. And when that happens, it creates opportunities for both water and pests. To keep these things out of your roofing system, you’ll need regular maintenance as your roof gets older.

This doesn’t have to be a huge investment of time or money, though. There is very little risk of your fasteners loosening in the first handful of years after its installation, and after that, a yearly inspection will be enough to make sure that the fasteners stay tight. When they do start to loosen, having them tightened shouldn’t even be an expensive repair!

Pro: No Risk of Oil Canning

With standing seam metal roofs, oil canning is a real possibility as the roof ages. This unsightly sign of aging doesn’t weaken a roof’s structure, but it does dampen the overall appearance of the roof. And luckily, it’s not something that you have to worry about with a corrugated metal roof.

Oil canning happens when standing seam roofs are adhered together too tightly, so it’s a non-issue for 5V roofs. This is partially why it’s not as simple as saying that one type of metal roofing is better than the other. They both have their benefits and flaws, and it’s up to you to decide which one suits your structure best!

Get a Free Corrugated Metal Roof

If you want an affordable, dependable metal roof, then 5V could be perfect for you. And at Pitch, we make it easy to get answers to all of your questions so you can start the roof replacement process right away!

Call us at 727-607-4280 or schedule your free estimate online. Or, if you’d rather skip the meeting with one of our roofing professionals, you can get an online-only roof replacement estimate. This is just the start of how we’ll be flexible to get you the perfect roof for your home or business.

Reach out today to start the process of getting a new corrugated metal roof. Upgrading your roof is a big decision, but we have the skills and experience to give you peace of mind every step of the way!

Last Updated:May 31, 2024