One victim of the rumour mill is metal roofing. Some myths are based in facts that get twisted and misapplied. Other myths come from individual experiences with a poorly installed roof. Other myths may be historically correct, but just like cars, computers, and cell phones, metal roofs significantly improved over the last several years.
Don’t let outdated or incorrect information fool you. Read on to discover the truth behind some of the more popular metal roofing myths.
Myth #1 Metal Roofs Attract Lightning to Your Home
If you talked to a neighbour about installing a metal roof on your home, he or she may have advised against it, saying it would attract lightning to your home. This is not true.
This myth came about because metal conducts electricity. However, metal does not draw out electricity. Lightning usually strikes the tallest object in an area.
In fact, during a lightning storm, you might be grateful for a metal roof. In the unlikely event that lightning does strike your roof, a metal roof will fair far better than its wood counterpart. Metal does not combust or catch on fire.
Myth #2 Metal Roofs are Noisy
Many people relay this myth because they remember their grandmother’s old tin roof that sounded like pennies were dropping on it every time it rained. Hail, of course, was worse. However, with today’s roofing processes and materials, this is no longer an issue.
With the proper insulation that accompanies roofs today, metal roofs are no louder than those made from asphalt shingles.
Myth #3 Metal Roofs are Ugly and All Look the Same
Back in the day, this may have been true. However, metal roofs now come in many designs, textures, and colours.
You can even choose metal shingles and shakes so you can enjoy a traditional look paired with the long-lasting benefits of a metal roof.
Myth #4 Metal Roofs Rust Easily
We’ve all seen what happens to metal when it’s left out in inclement weather. However, roofers take special precautions to ensure your metal roof stays strong for years to come.
Aluminum is rust resistant, so you won’t have to worry about how it will fair in a rainstorm. Although steel can rust, manufacturers apply a thin coating of zinc to create a rust-free barrier that protects the steel underneath.
Myth #5 Metal Roofs Dent Easily During Hailstorms
Metal roofs can withstand heavy wind, rain, and hail for several decades without suffering a single dent. Occasionally, extremely large hail travelling at high speeds may dent a roof. However, this is a rare occurrence and many textured metal roofs will hide the dent.
Myth #6 Metal Roofs Will Dent If You Walk on Them
This is not true. You can safely walk on your metal roof without causing any damage. However, before you do so, talk to your installer or manufacturer first. They can teach you safe, damage-free ways to walk on your specific roof according to the style and pitch.
Myth #7 Metal Roofs Hurt the Resale Value of Your Home
Today’s metal roofs are aesthetically pleasing, safe, and extremely durable. Metal roofs can last over 50 years, which can be an excellent selling point to a potential buyer. It’s expensive to replace a roof, which makes the longevity of metal roofs exceptionally valuable.
Furthermore, metal roofing is energy efficient. You, and any of your home’s future owners, can enjoy monetary saving every month when the utility bill comes in.
Myth #8 Metal Roofing is Too Heavy
Metal roofing is actually one of the lightest roofing materials. Because it is so light, some roofers lay metal roofs on top of existing roofs.
Provided your roof is well-insulated and does not have any leaks, you can avoid the costs of tearing out existing layers before roofers install your new, metal roof.
Myth #9 Metal Roofs are the Most Expensive Option
While the initial cost of a metal roof may be higher than other options, it can actually end up less expensive in the long run.
As mentioned before, metal roofs can last upwards of 50 years. In that time, you might have to replace roofs made from other materials up to 3 times. Between labour and material expenses, this can end up costing you much more than a single metal roof installation.
If you’re on the fence when it comes to metal roofing, reach out to your Calgary roofing company at Century Roofing Limited. They can offer expert advice to help you decide what roofing material is best for you and your home.