Durable, fire resistant, and low-maintenance, metal roofs can enhance the beauty and value of your home. However, many people have reservations about installing them, largely due to misconceptions and myths. Here, we’ll dispel five common metal roof myths.
Myth 1: Metal Roofs Are Loud
You can probably hear the noise in your head: the loud and obnoxious sound of rain or hail hitting a tin roof. This is not the reality of today’s residential metal roofing materials that are installed over plenty of insulation. When it rains or hails, metal roofs are no louder than asphalt shingles and in some cases, they may even be quieter.
Myth 2: Metal Roofing Is Ugly
Again, the image of a galvanized metal shed roof may come to mind. The truth is metal roofs are designed to be visually appealing as well as functional, and you can find them coated with various colors and textures to fit your home’s visual aesthetic.
Myth 3: Metal Roofs Heat Your Home
While it’s true that metal conducts heat, that doesn’t mean it will turn your home into an oven during the summer. The coating on metal roofing materials actually reflect the sun’s rays, unlike asphalt which absorbs them. This means that a metal roof can actually keep your home cooler during summer months, thereby saving you on energy costs.
Myth 4: Metal Roofs Attract Lightning
Although metal is a conductor, that doesn’t mean it will attract electricity. Lightning usually strikes higher points, such as trees, telephone poles, or tall buildings before it strikes homes. If lightning does strike, metal roofing will actually disperse that energy, making it extremely safe during a thunderstorm. It also won’t catch fire from lightning, which is an added bonus.
Myth 5:Metal Roofs Are Prone to Dents and Scratches
Metal roofing materials are designed to withstand the harshest of weather, which means only the very largest hailstones will leave any mark on your roof. They also have an extremely high wind rating (often in excess of 120mph) and a rust resistant coating, so they actually outperform regular asphalt shingles when it comes to damage resistance.
If you’re looking to install a metal roof on your home, contact Rebuild Texas Construction today.