Pros and Cons of Metal Roofing – Myth Busters

Top 5 metal roofing myths debunked

A while back, if you were to tell me about metal roofing, I’d have immediately pictured the image of an old, rusty metal roof on a barn. But today, after having been involved with metal roofing (as an installer and writer) for well over a decade, I have developed a true appreciation for this truly incredible roofing material, and I would like to share some of the insights I have learned with you! I would also like to dispel and debunk some common myths that are often associated with the concept of metal roofing, whether it be in relation residential, or commercial metal roofing.

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After reading these tips you will gain a better understanding, and appreciation for modern metal roofing technology, and have a better sense of clarity as to how a metal roof can benefit you:

Myth 1: A metal roof has a higher risk of getting struck by a lightning.

Reality; No, metal roofing does not increase chances of your home getting struck by a lightning. But, if your house does get hit by a lightning, metal roof will help to dissipate the charge. Because metal is a non combustible material, your roof will not catch fire.

Myth 2: A metal roof makes a lot of noise when it rains.

Reality; most likely you are envisioning an old and rusty corrugated steel roof that you can often see on old metal barns. You may also think that modern metal roofs will sound like a machine gun rattle whenever it rains, but this could not have been further from the truth!

Modern metal roofing is typically installed over solid sheathing such as plywood or solid wooden boards that comprise your roof deck. With solid sheathing underneath, and specialty roofing underlayment in place, your new metal roof will make no more noise than a regular asphalt shingle roof.

Myth 3: it costs a lot of money.

Reality; It may seem like metal roofing costs a lot, but if you look at the cost of metal roofing over a long enough period of time, you will realize that it is actually one of the best remodeling investment a homeowner can make.

You may be surprised to find this out, but a metal roof will actually costs less than an asphalt shingle roof if you stay in your house long enough. A metal roof, which is an energy efficient roofing retrofit will not only increase a resale value of your home, but it will also maintain around 90% in potential recouped value over many decades of reliable service, while also helping you attain significant savings by reducing your cooling costs. Did you know that Energy Star rated metal roof can provide as much as 35 percent in energy savings on your cooling costs during steamy-hot summer months?

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A metal roof installed right is a very long lasting roofing system, and it may well be the last roof you will ever have to install on your home, provided that you get a quality installation from a qualified metal roofing contractor.

Myth 4: A metal roof is susceptible to rust and corrosion.

Reality; Modern metal roofing is built to last for decades. Steel metal roofing has a metal coating protection layer made with zinc or aluminum, which is bonded to the steel and then painted with a high quality paint designed to withstand the toughest abuse from bad weather, and provide the desirable color and looks that homeowners want.

Myth 5: A metal roof is easily susceptible to dents.

Reality; Modern metal roofs are built to withstand years of abuse from severe weather such as hail, extreme winds, and snow. Hail will not dent a metal roof, and extremely high winds are not a threat either, as many modern metal roofing systems are rated for a minimumum of 110mph wind uplift. In fact, metal roofs perform extremely well in the hurricane; it is not unusual to see the metal roof with no damage, next to literally “naked” :) (with exposed roof decks) regular roofs that have lost most of their shingles to a hurricane.

As I was writing this, yet another popular myth came to my mind! This one in a bonus, please enjoy!

Bonus Myth: You cannot walk on a metal roof without damaging it.

Reality; While you should definitely take all the necessary precautions before venturing out for a walk on your roof, metal roofs are completely walk-able. I would recommend using sport shoes with rubber soles, because they will provide good traction for your feet when on the roof. Avoid walking on your roof when its raining as you could easily slip and fall. Rule of thumb is to stay off the roof whenever its surface is wet. Contact your roofing contractor for special techniques on how to walk on the metal roof they have installed.

I hope that you enjoyed reading my metal roofing tips, and that you have learned something new about metal roofing.

I would love to get your comments and feedback on this article, as well as your request for another metal roofing article. If you have something to contribute, please feel free to offer your perspective in the comments section at the bottom of this page.


One thought on “Pros and Cons of Metal Roofing – Myth Busters

  1. Magnus Olsen

    Good day,

    Nice article. So far I have had trouble finding a roofing contract to install a metal roof in area 12451, Leeds, NY. Hoping for success with today’s try.

    Magnus

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