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Posted by McElroy Metal ● Jul 18, 2019 7:00 AM

Residential Metal Roofing Myths

Metal roofing offers homeowners many advantages (long service-life, energy efficiency, aesthetics), but over the years, a few metal roofing myths have persisted. So, let’s take a look at some of the most common metal roofing myths and debunk them once and for all.

Myth: Metal Roofing is Noisy

residential metal roofing myths - metal roofing is noisyThis might be the most common metal roofing myth, which we attribute to pole buildings and garages. If you’ve ever been in a garage or a barn with a metal roof during a rainstorm, you know that it can get noisy. You might not realize that those types of building most often don’t have any of the decking or insulation that a home has.

When a metal roof is installed on a residential property, it is installed over a roof deck, insulation, and underlayment. These additional layers dampen the sound of even the most intense rainstorm. A properly installed residential metal roof won’t be any louder than any other type of roofing material.

Check out this video to hear what a rainstorm sounds like in a home with a metal roof.

Myth: Metal Roofing Will Increase Energy Costs

The truth is that metal roofing will actually lower your energy costs!

Metal roofing reflects the sun’s heat and energy, which can actually save you as much as 20% in your cooling energy costs.

Myth: Metal Roofs are Ugly/Won’t Look Good on My Home

metal roofing myths - metal roofs are uglyIn all fairness, aesthetics is very personal. What one homeowner loves another might not.

That being said, all-metal roofing does not look the same. There are many styles, finishes, and color options on the market today, so if one type of metal roofing isn’t your cup of tea visually, you have options.

Like the look of shingles, slate, or tile roofs? There’s a metal roofing style for that! And don’t forget all of the color and finish options too!

Myth: Metal Roofing Will Attract Lightning

Although metal can conduct electricity, lightning isn’t necessarily attracted to metal roofing. Lightning will strike the closest target. Homes with metal roofs are no more prone to lightning strikes than homes with any other roofing material.

In fact, metal roofing is non-combustible, so if your roof is struck by lightning, it won’t catch on fire like other building materials.

Myth: Metal Roofing Gets Easily Damaged by Hail or Wind

The truth is that any roofing material can sustain damage from environmental factors like hail, debris in high winds, or forest fires. The good news is that metal roofing offers some resistance to this type of damage.

Metal roofing is more resistant to hail than shingles, naturally resistant to fire, and (when properly installed) is resistant to high winds!

Want to see some proof? Check out these stories about metal roofing:

An ABC Nightly News story about a metal roof surviving a forest fire

A New York Times article about a home surviving Hurricane Florence

After the devastation Hurricane Irma caused in the Florida Keys, there are calls to make metal roofing mandatory in Monroe County.

Myth: Metal Roofing is Expensive

metal roof myths - metal roofing is expensive

This myth is actually true if all you are doing is comparing upfront installation costs for metal roofing and shingles. If all you are looking at is the upfront price, metal roofing is often more expensive than shingles.

However, metal roofing can last 2 to 3 times as long as shingles. Metal roofing can also lower utility expenses and requires less maintenance than shingles.

With all that taken into consideration, metal roofing very often actually costs “less” money over time.

Learn more about the value of a metal roof versus a shingles roof.

Myth: Metal Roofing is All the Same

Metal roofing is just like any other product in that there are varying degrees of quality, longevity, and performance. Understanding substrate, gauge, paint system, and panel options is vital when selecting a metal roofing system.

Our new eBook, the Residential Metal Roofing Guide, teaches about residential roofing substrates, coatings, warranties, and panel options. Click the link below to download your copy!

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Learn everything you need to know about Residential Metal Roofing. Check out our metal roofing resources for inspiration and answers to your questions.

About McElroy Metal

Since 1963, McElroy Metal has served the construction industry with quality products and excellent customer service. The employee-owned components manufacturer is headquartered in Bossier City, La., and has 14 manufacturing facilities across the United States. Quality, service and performance have been the cornerstone of McElroy Metal’s business philosophy and have contributed to the success of the company through the years. As a preferred service provider, these values will continue to be at the forefront of McElroy Metal’s model along with a strong focus on the customer.

Topics: Education, Metal Roofing, Residential

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