Debunking the Myths About Metal Roofing

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Have you considered metal roofing in the past? There are a lot of myths and misconceptions about it, but we are here to set the facts straight.

You're considering getting a metal roof installed for your commercial building or home. But then, people start warning against it. 

"A metal roof, isn't that dangerous during thunderstorms?" Or, "Aren't those super noisy?"

There are a lot of misconceptions about metal roofs out there. And, many people are simply unaware that metal roofing is even an option. 

While metal roofs may have posed some serious problems decades ago, thanks to giant leaps in technology, they're now safer and sturdier than ever. Plus, there are many styles to choose from to fit your needs. 

Still, it can be hard to get the opinions of the naysayers out of your head. 

That's why we've compiled this guide to debunk the biggest myths about metal roofing. 

Myth #1: There are Limited Style Options for Metal Roofing 

Fact: There is a wide range of options in terms of color and texture to fit your architectural style needs. 

When it comes to color, you pretty much have the same amount of options as you would for asphalt roofing. And if you don't like any of the standard options available, you can always custom order a color. Keep in mind, however, that this will cost more money. 

Even better, you also have the option to choose a color that is Energy Star rated as "cool." This can help reduce your monthly spending on energy costs and even qualify you for a federal tax credit. 

Myth #2: Metal Roofs Are Too Noisy 

Fact: Contrary to popular belief, metal roofs are not loud at all. In fact, in many cases, they are quieter than asphalt roofs. 

Metal roofs come with a solid sheathing built into their under layer. This solid sheathing can help silence the noise from falling branches, rain, hail, and other natural elements. 

This means you don't have to be disturbed by the sound of pelting rain while working or taking a rest. 

Myth #3: Metal Roofs are Too Expensive 

Fact: Many people are under the assumption that asphalt roofs are significantly cheaper than metal roofs. 

The truth is, asphalt roofs are cheaper up front. However, metal roofs are definitely the most affordable option in the long-run. 

Metal roofs typically last anywhere from 40-60 years. Shingle roofs, on the other hand, typically last 12-20 years. This means you could end up replacing a shingled roof 2 to 4 times over the 40 to 60 year period. 

Maintenance costs also need to be considered. Metal roofs require minimal maintenance. And often times, you can take care of this maintenance yourself. 

On the other hand, shingled roofs require quite a bit of upkeep. Shingles need to be repaired on a regular basis, as they rot, break, and warp quite easily. With a shingled roof, it's not uncommon to spend a few hundred dollars every few years on repairs. 

This can add up to a lot of money over the years. 

Myth #4: Metal Roofs Have an Unattractive Appearance 

Fact: You need to get rid of the old notion of a tin animal barn roof out of your head. In reality, metal roofs can be quite stylish in appearance. 

As we discussed earlier, there are many styles to choose from to satisfy even the most sophisticated of tastes. 

In fact, there are even options available that mimic the look of asphalt or slate shingles. 

Myth #5: There are Better and Longer-Lasting Roofing Materials Available 

Fact: Metal is a premium roofing material. Therefore, we must compare it to other premium materials, which are clay, slate, and cedar shakes. 

While these premium materials certainly have their benefits, there are some disadvantages that you need to consider. 

Cedar shakes, for example, begin rotting after only twenty years. Clay tiles and natural slate do last a long time, but they can crack and break randomly, making for costly repairs. Plus, due to their heavy weight, they require a special structural support before installing. 

In terms of durability, metal does not break on impact. Both slate and tile break more easily and can slide off the roof when broken. 

Also, in terms of withstanding inclement weather, metal is the clear winner. Metal roofing offers strong protection against hurricanes, snow, ice, and wind. 

Tile roofs, on the other hand, need special fasteners to withstand strong wind conditions. And slate roofs have a huge chance of uplifting in windy conditions and therefore are not recommended at all in areas that experience high wind. 

Myth #6: Metal Roofing Cannot be Walked on Without Damaging It 

Fact: While it's important to take all necessary precautions before venturing out onto a rooftop, metal roofing is definitely walkable. 

The biggest concern with walking on a metal roof is actually slipping and falling. Therefore, it's important to wear shoes that have good traction. Sports shoes with rubber soles are always a good option. 

You should also avoid walking on the roof when it's raining, as this the time when you're most likely to slip and fall. 

You can talk to your roofing contractor about special walking techniques once your metal roof has been installed. 

Myth #7: Metal Roofing Has a Greater Chance of Getting Struck By Lightning 

Fact: Metal roofing does not increase the chances of your building getting struck by lightning. 

And, even if it does get struck, metal roofs have the ability to dissipate the charge. Metal is also noncombustible, meaning your roof also won't catch on fire. 

If your building is in a dry, heavily wooded area, this can be a huge benefit. 

Myth #8: Metal Roofs Are Susceptible to Premature Corrosion and Rust 

Fact: As we mentioned earlier, metal roofs can last up to 6 decades. 

Many metal materials, such as steel, come with a special coating to help protect them from elements that cause rust and corrosion. 

Another option is aluminum roofing, which is not subject to corrosion. 

Metal Roofing Myths: Wrap Up 

We hope this article helps clear up any misconceptions you had about metal roofing. 

If you're thinking about giving metal roofing a shot, please don't hesitate to contact us today. 

Jordan Olson