When it comes to choosing roofing materials, metal roofs often spark a lot of questions and myths. Some homeowners are hesitant, influenced by common misconceptions about noise, lightning risks, and damage from elements like hail. This durable and modern roofing option has a lot to offer, and understanding its real benefits can help homeowners make informed decisions.
Let’s debunk some of the most common myths and shed light on the facts about metal roofing.
Myth 1: Metal Roofs are Noisy During Rain and Hail
One of the biggest myths about metal roofing is that it’s incredibly noisy during rain or hail. Images of loud, pinging sounds come to mind, but the reality is quite different. Modern metal roofs are often installed over a solid substrate.
Plus, added insulation and attic space significantly reduce any noise you might hear during a rainstorm or hail. In fact, for many, the sound is no louder than what you would hear with traditional shingles. Some people find the sound of light rain on a metal roof to be soothing, a gentle reminder of nature’s presence.
Myth 2: Metal Roofs Attract Lightning
Another common concern is that metal roofs attract lightning. This can be a scary thought, but it’s not how lightning works. Metal conducts electricity, but it doesn’t attract lightning. Lightning strikes the highest object in an area, regardless of the material. In fact, metal roofing can be considered safer because it’s noncombustible and dissipates electrical charge if a strike does occur.
Myth 3: Hail Easily Damages Metal Roofs
Concerns about hail damage are also common, but metal roofs are more resilient than many think. While no roofing material is hail-proof, metal roofs are designed to withstand hail better than most. They are less likely to break or crack compared to traditional shingles. In the event of a particularly severe hailstorm, a metal roof may dent, but this is often cosmetic and doesn’t compromise the roof’s integrity or performance.
Myth 4: Metal Roofs Are Too Heavy for Some Homes
Some homeowners worry that metal roofs are too heavy for their home’s structure. However, metal roofing is surprisingly lightweight. Metal roofing materials are actually lighter than most traditional roofing materials. They put less stress on your home’s structure, making them a suitable option for both new constructions and older homes. This lighter weight also makes for easier and faster installation, which can be a bonus during a roofing project.
Myth 5: Metal Roofs Lack Style and Color Options
A common misconception is that metal roofs are limited in style and color, offering only the classic ‘tin roof’ look. This couldn’t be further from the truth.
Today’s metal roofing comes in a wide array of colors, finishes, and profiles. Whether you’re looking for a traditional look or something more modern, there’s likely a metal roof style that suits your taste. You can choose from a variety of profiles like standing seams, shingles, and tiles, each with a unique aesthetic appeal.
Additionally, modern coatings and finishes mean that these roofs not only look great but also retain their color and resist fading over time. This variety allows homeowners to enhance their home’s curb appeal while also benefiting from the durability and longevity of metal roofing.
If you’re considering a new roof and have concerns about metal roofing, get in touch with Billings Roofing & Solar. We can provide more information and help you decide if a metal roof is the right choice for your home. Remember, when it comes to roofing, it’s always best to base your decisions on facts, not fiction.
Let’s talk about how a metal roof can protect and beautify your home for years to come!