The Truth About Metal Roof Myths
Metal roofs have been afflicted with an unwarranted reputation for being lesser than their asphalt counterparts. Their lackluster reputation can largely be attributed to several common misconceptions about their character. Today, we’d like to go over some of the more prominent metal roofing concerns and discuss just how much validity they hold.
Metal Roof Myth 1
Lackluster style selection/aesthetic
A common deterrent for homeowners when it comes to metal roofing is the belief that metal roofs are ugly and lack the strong selection of styles that other roofing materials have. This is most assuredly a misconception. Metal roofing has come a long way since its inception. There remains the tried and true style of the vertical seam roof, as well as a bevy of others, including metal tile, metal shake, metal shingles, stone-coated, and many more. Furthermore, metal roofs are available in a variety of gorgeous colors, making them perfect for enhancing or accenting the style of your home.
Metal Roof Myth 2
Increased Noise Level
Metal roofs have the misfortune of inheriting the myth that they produce increased noise levels when it rains. Thanks to cinema, it’s more common to imagine rain producing excessive noise if it comes down on metal rather than if it were raining on asphalt. However, in reality, metal roofs are actually no louder than a standard asphalt roof. In fact, they’re often been quoted as being quieter since metal roofs are usually installed over an existing shingle roof. To further get away from this myth, many metal roofs are accompanied by a solid sheathing attached to the underlayment for increased noise reduction.
Metal Roof Myth 3
Prone to Lightning Strikes
Metal roofs being prone to lightning strikes is one of the more far-fetched myths. It’s well known that metal is a strong electrical conductor, however, that does not mean lightning is immediately attracted to your home. Lightning tends to strike the highest object around. Whether it’s a tree or a lightning rod, it will strike the highest point first. If your home is the tallest object or structure during a lightning storm, then the potential for a strike is higher regardless of which roofing material you use.
Why Metal Roofing Works
Hopefully, we’ve dispelled enough of the more popular metal roofing myths that you’re now able to objectively consider it as a strong roofing option. Metal roofing has a number of strong benefits that make it a great investment for your home. Perhaps the greatest benefit of a metal roof is its lifespan. Metal roofs have been quoted to last 50+ years, which easily makes them the last roof you’ll ever have to install in your lifetime as a homeowner. A secondary benefit they provide is energy efficiency. Granted, a metal roof by itself will not dramatically reduce the energy consumption of your home but they do tend to have a better energy performance than asphalt roofs under the same conditions. To learn more about what makes metal roofing a great option, contact CBI Tulsa today!