Picture this – After consulting with a roofing professional, you’ve decided that you want to purchase a metal roof. Fueled with excitement, you search internet to learn more about your upcoming investment.
Then out of nowhere, tragedy strikes. An article written by an office junkie who likely never installed a roof before has published a new article: “Why Not to Buy a Metal Roof”
So now you’re here, reading this very article to see if his statements are true.
Okay, maybe that’s a stretch, but nonetheless, the internet is filled with misinformation. Our goal is to help you make an informed decision in your next building project. That said, we’ve taken the time to find the five biggest metal roofing myths on the internet and have debunked them.
1. All metal roofing is the same
A common misconception about Metal Roofing is that it’s all the same – which is far from the truth.
One difference in metal roofing is the panel profile (or the panel’s shape). There is a plethora of Panel profiles to choose from. In some cases, a commercial project or architectural project wouldn’t use the same panel profile as a residential project.
Other key differences are: The thickness of the metal, the coating, and the warranty that the manufacturer provides.
2. Metal roofs are susceptible to hail damage
Another myth states that metal roofing will dent from hail in a rainstorm. Contrary to that belief, metal roofs can handle hail very well, and if properly maintained, will last twice as long as an asphalt roof.
One helpful tip for someone considering an upgrade to a metal roof: Compare the thickness of the roofing panels against the direct competition – as mentioned above, not all metal roofing is made the same.
3. Metal roofing is loud
Sometimes concerned homeowners are reluctant to upgrade to metal roofing in their home because they remember the notorious “ping” sound from the rain pelting against their parent’s pole barn.
Nowadays a standard house will have insulation between the ceiling and metal roof, which helps deafen the noise of the rain.
So, it’s safe to assume that if your house if properly insulated, you will likely hear little to no difference in loudness when comparing a metal roof to an asphalt roof.
4. Metal roofing makes your electricity bill go up
No, metal roofing does not make your energy bill go up! The metal reflects sunlight, meaning it does not get as hot as a traditional asphalt roof which can be great for your wallet.
In addition to potential energy savings, Metal Roofs are Eco-Friendly. The materials can be recycled, thus not creating additional waste.
5. Metal roofing attracts lightning
One concern from homeowners is the potential danger a metal roof may bring due to increased likelihood of a lighting strike.
The probability of a lightning strike is determined by a variety of factors, such as: Building height, surface area, and it’s location.
Rest assured; a metal roof is not one of those factors. Therefore, metal roofs are no more likely to attract a lighting strike than any other type of conventional roofing material.
To sum it all up, there is loads of information on the internet. That said, now, more than ever, it’s important to consider the source before letting potentially false information impact what type of roof you will put on your home or building.
Seeking a reputable roofing professional is our recommended method to take care of your building needs.