Have you ever considered a metal roof for your home but then reconsidered because you were under the impression that metal roofs are noisy, or that they can attract lightning? Or maybe you simply thought that a metal roof would prove to be prohibitively expensive compared to conventional roofing materials?
If any of the above sound like you, then you have wrongly bought in to one of the easily disproved myths about metal roofing. Below we look at 4 of the most common myths surrounding metal roofs, and find out what the real truth is.
Myth 1: Metal roofing is too expensive
Many consider metal roofing to be too expensive based on the upfront costs of installation but, when you consider the full life cycle of any given roof, it is clear that metal roofing is the most cost effective option.
In comparison to shingle roofs which can last between 10 – 20 years, metal roofs can outlast this 3 or 4 times over, reducing any replacement costs in this period. Metal roofs are also much more energy efficient and can save you money on your energy bills every year! Plus, just adding a metal roof to your house adds value to your property, sometimes as much as half of what you paid for installation.
So, rather than being too expensive, a metal roof can actually pay for itself within a few years of being installed!
Myth 2: Metal roofs attract lightning
This is a surprisingly common worry people express about metal roofs, yet it is actually completely unfounded. Having a metal roof actually does nothing to increase or decrease the chances that your house will be hit by lightning. In fact, if you are one of the few people each year whose home does get struck by lightning, you’d be better off with a metal roof, as the energy from the bolt will be dispersed more evenly across the roof than with other materials, and metal is non-combustible, which helps reduce the risk of fire.
Myth 3: Metal roofing doesn’t suit residential properties
This misconception about metal roofing probably has its roots in the days when metal roofs were solely used for large industrial and agricultural buildings, making people view them as ill-suited for their homes. But nothing could be further from the truth. As we’ve already stated, metal roofs add value to your property, and they also come in a huge range of colors, patterns and effects, so no matter what style your house or which roof you are looking for, there will be a metal roofing solution that works perfectly for you.
Myth 3: Metal roofs are too noisy
Another common myth about metal roofing is that it will increase the noise levels of falling rain and hail, but this is yet another unfounded concern. As one of the common practise for installing metal roofing is to do so over an existing roof with insulation, with solid sheathing attached to the underlayment, noise from the elements is actually reduced more with a metal roof than it is with more traditional materials!