A.Rob Haddock responds: Metal roofing can hold up surprisingly well in high wind. I went to South Dade County two days after Hurricane Andrew to study the performance of steep-slope steel roofing in hurricane-force winds. I am happy to report that I saw less damage to steep-slope, standing-seam steel roofing than to any other roofing type.

When it comes to wind resistance, metal roofing has some distinct advantages over conventional roofing materials. After all, a metal panel is a structural element; its behavior under load can be calculated and tested. In addition to being predictable, metal stays consistent as it ages; its behavior does not change significantly over time the way...

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