Metal roofing is making a big comeback in recent years as people learn more about its many benefits. There are still, however, many misconceptions about metal roofing. Here are a few myths and why they are simply untrue.
- Metal Roofs are Loud
Many of us have memories of being caught under a metal roof in the rain somewhere out in the wilderness. It may be at a National Park or at a local picnic spot, but the clanging of water off those metal roofs has wormed its way into many people’s perception of metal roofs for homes.
The truth is metal roofing for shelters is a lot different from the advanced, high-quality metal roofing systems used for residential homes. While one is uninsulated and open, the other is well-made and built on a specific substrate that insulates against sound. Further levels of attic space and insulation dampen the sound even more, to the point where most homeowners cannot hear the rain on their metal roof installations.
- Metal Roofing is Expensive
This myth, when left to a simple number on an invoice, is technically correct. Metal roofing is one of the more expensive roofing materials out there. What this common misconception misses, however, is the many ways that metal roofing saves you money. And this isn’t just money in the long run, this is money from the moment you start your metal roof installation.
First off, metal roofing installations are incredibly easy for qualified roofing experts. The interlocking tiles are lightweight and can often be fitted on top of an existing roof. This means no time or money wasted on tearing down the old roof. Instead, the new roof is placed on top and your installation fees are noticeably less.
Once your roof is installed, you will also notice savings, mostly in the fact that a metal roof is essentially maintenance-free. Every tile is galvanized to resist rust, warping and breaking down, and your metal roof will never rot, crack or chalk. The paint used on metal roofing installations is also long-lasting and fade-resistant, meaning your metal roof will look as good today as it will in a few decades. Finally, since the tiles interlock at four different points, you will never have to replace tiles after a hail storm or period of high winds, reducing your maintenance costs even further.
- Metal Roofing is Hot
Metal roofing today reflects about 70% of the sun’s heat, meaning that energy bounces off your home and goes elsewhere. This is an excellent advantage over other roofing materials because the energy reflected will actually melt snow and rain faster, meaning you will have less chance of leaking or water damage resulting from snow piling up on your roof. Recent research done at the Florida Solar Energy Center proved that metal roofing experiences 34% less heat gain compared to asphalt shingles, meaning it actually is less hot than one of the most common roofing materials available. Just like noise, insulation and professional installation minimizes the effects, leaving you with a stylish, long-lasting roofing material.
- Metal Roofing Attracts Lightning
One of the strangest but surprisingly common misconceptions about metal roof installations is that they make homes more susceptible to lightning strikes. Given the potential damage done by lightning on a residential home, this could be a legitimate concern, except that electricity doesn’t work that way.
While metal is an excellent conductor of electricity, and thus conducts lightning strikes, it doesn’t attract lightning. When atmospheric electricity discharges and becomes a bolt of lightning, the major factors affecting where that discharge strikes is geography and topography, not the material of nearby objects. So while lightning can strike metal roofs, it has nothing to do with the material and everything to do with where it’s located.
Curiously enough, metal roof installations can actually be safer when struck by lightning over other roofing materials for one key reason: it’s non-combustible. While other roofing materials can catch fire from lightning, metal roofing will discharge that electricity safely to the ground.
If you are considering a metal roof, be sure to contact a metal roof installations expert to discuss the benefits and process of upgrading to a metal roof.