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Evaluating 5V Metal Roofing: Is It Right for Your Home?

January , 2024 | 9 min. read

By Cassie Findley

barn home with metal roof

As March comes to an end here in The Sunshine State, any Floridian knows that with April showers come May flowers. Along with torrential downpours, heavy winds, and yes an occasional hurricane.

If you’re in the market for a roof that can take a punch from Mother Nature this spring and summer season and still come out looking fabulous, look no further than 5V metal roofing. This tough and stylish roofing solution can handle the that-came-out-of-nowhere afternoon wind and rain with ease.

At RoofCrafters, we’ve been in the metal roofing game for 3 decades now, and while we’ve seen our fair share of different roofing trends crumble under the pressure, we know that 5V metal roofing will always be a go-to choice for any homeowner interested in storm protection and a good looking roof.

It’s one of the more popular materials on the market, and for a good reason, too!

5v screw-down metal roof on a Lowcountry style home

So, if you're tired of worrying about leaks, damage, and general roof-related headaches and you’re looking to upgrade to a roof that's as tough as nails (or screws, depending on your installation preference), you’ve come to the right place.

In this article, we’ll discuss exactly what a 5V metal roof is, the pros and cons, and if investing in this sleek and modern roofing system is the right choice for your home.

Let’s get started, shall we?

What Is a 5V Metal Roof?


The definition of 5V metal roofing is pretty simple: it’s a type of metal roofing system named for its distinctive V-shaped panels. We’re creative in the roofing world, folks. These panels are typically made of steel, galvalume, or aluminum metal and are installed on residential and commercial properties.

5V crimp  metal roof showing exposed screws

 The "5V" in the name refers to the distance between the V-shaped ribs, which are typically five inches apart. The panels are designed to overlap and interlock, providing a weather-tight seal and a clean appearance.



5V metal roofing is lightweight, making it easy to install and reducing the stress on your roof. Not to mention, it’s also available in a variety of colors to choose from.  Allowing for a range of design options.

Related Article: Metal Roofing Color Guide: How to Choose the Perfect Shade for Your Home 

Advantages of Opting for 5V Metal Roofing


5V metal roofing lasts over 50 years, making it a great long-term choice. It stands strong against winds up to 140 mph, ideal for stormy areas. This roofing is also fire-resistant and fights off rot, mildew, and pests.

Exceptional Longevity


The lifespan of 5V metal roofing can vary depending on various factors such as the quality of the material used, installation methods, and the maintenance practices followed. However, in general, 5V metal roofing can last you anywhere from 50 years or more with proper installation and maintenance, making this a great choice for the “out of sight, out of mind” homeowner, much like myself. 

Superior Wind Resistance


The wind resistance of 5V metal roofing is determined by several factors, including the material thickness and the design of the panels. When properly installed, 5V metal roofing can withstand winds of up to 150 miles per hour or more. Depending on the specific product and installation methods.

simple 5v roof

To ensure maximum wind resistance, it is important to have the roofing system installed by a professional contractor who has experience with metal roofing installations. They'll know the correct amount of screws for your area.

roofers installing a screw-down metal roof off a ladder

Additionally, proper roof deck preparation and fastening methods, as well as the use of wind clips and other accessories can help improve the wind resistance of 5V metal roofing for my fellow Floridian folk.

Unmatched Storm Durability


5V metal roofing isn't just about looking good; it's about standing tough against nature's fury. The unique V-shaped panels interlock seamlessly, forming a robust barrier against rain, wind, and hail.  Additionally, metal is non-combustible, which means that it is resistant to fire and will not spark or ignite if struck by lightning. (attracting lightning is a myth, folks!)

large home with a screw-down metal roof in Jacksonville Florida


5V metal roofing is also resistant to rot, mildew, and pests, which usually come hand in hand with storm damage. This makes it a good choice for areas that are prone to heavy rain, high humidity, and insect infestations. Overall, 5V metal roofing is a good choice for those who want a durable and storm-resistant roofing option.

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Challenges of 5V Metal Roofing


5V metal roofs need some upkeep, like checking screws and cleaning off debris. They have exposed fasteners that can wear out and need replacing. Also, the washers used might dry rot, causing leaks if not checked regularly.

Maintenance Requirements


5V metal roofs need regular cleaning and checks for loose screws or damage. Timely repairs are crucial for longevity. Yet, maintenance for 5V metal roofs is generally considered to be relatively low compared to other roofing materials like asphalt shingles. However, there are still some maintenance tasks that need to be performed regularly to keep the roof in good condition.

Screws backing out a metal roof

One of the main maintenance tasks for 5V metal roofs is to tighten loose screws. It is the most important maintenance you'll need to be aware of with a new 5-V roof.

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It’s also important to inspect the roof periodically for any signs of damage or wear, such as loose or missing panels, dents, or corrosion. Any damage should be repaired promptly to prevent further damage and extend the life of the roof.

Exposed Fastener Issues


Fasteners on 5V roofs are exposed, leading to wear and the need for replacement. The type of roof fasteners used on 5V metal roofs can vary depending on the specific product and installation conditions, but generally, the type of fasteners used are screws. 

5V crimp  metal roof showing exposed screws


It’s important to note that these fasteners are exposed, which means they’re at the mercy of the elements. This causes significant wear and tear over time, resulting in fasteners requiring replacement or tightening every 5-8 years. This can be taxing for a homeowner not wanting to keep up with roof maintenance.

up close photo of a red standing seam roof with a chimney and 2 sun-tunnel skylights

If this sounds like you, we'd recommend that you consider a standing seam metal roof instead of the 5V. Which has no exposed fasteners and requires little to no service.

Washers Dry Rotting Concerns


In 5V metal roofing, washer dry rot can be an issue. Over time, non-durable washers may degrade, compromising the roof's integrity and leading to potential leaks. Regular inspections and the use of quality, long-lasting materials are essential for preventing this problem.

green screw-down r-panel roofing on commercial building

Washer rusting on 5V metal roofs can be a concern if the washers used are not made from a rust-resistant material. In metal roofing installations, washers are typically used to secure screws or nails and provide a seal between the roofing material and the roof decking. If the washers used are made from a material that is not resistant to rust, they can corrode over time, which can lead to leaks and other issues.

To prevent washer rusting on 5V metal roofs, your contractor must use washers made from a rust-resistant material like stainless steel.

Related Article: What You Need to Know About Metal Roofs 

Deciding on a 5V Metal Roofing System


Considering a 5V metal roof for your home? It's a big decision, but here's why it could be a great choice. These roofs are built to last – often over 50 years – which means less worry about replacements. Their sleek design can boost your home's look and value too. While they need some maintenance, the benefits, like durability and style, make 5V a worthy option.

Before you take the plunge, it’s wise to shop around. Compare quotes and services from various contractors to find your perfect match. If you are in one of our many service areas in the Southeast we're here to help! And for a helping hand, grab our “Top 10 Questions to Ask YourRoofing Contractor,”  below. It'll help make sure you're making the best decision for your home.

image call to action, download the top 10 checklistThis checklist includes several different prompts to ask your roofer to prepare you to hold the company accountable for its quality of work and services when it comes to your upcoming roofing project. 

Cassie Findley

My name is Cassie, and I’m the Content Manager here at RoofCrafters. I was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, and made my way out to Florida post-college graduation. I’m incredibly passionate about writing and creating valuable content that helps others with the collaboration of my marketing team. When I’m not working, I enjoy shopping (a little too much), spending time at the beach, and reading!