3 Common Metal Roof Misconceptions
The reputation of metal roofs has carried quite a stigma over the years due to several common misconceptions. These misconceptions have led many homeowners to completely ignore metal as a roofing option. We’d like to clear the air today by covering what we find to be the top three metal roof myths so you, a homeowner, can objectively identify what we consider to be one of the best roofing options available.
Metal Roof Myth 1
Limited styles/unattractive aesthetic
One of the first things homeowners think of when it comes to any type of home improvement is aesthetic and style. That’s why roofing styles like tile and shake have dominated in popularity while other options, like metal, have struggled. Many homeowners typically think old, rustic, or rundown when they hear the term metal roof. However, this could not be further from the truth. Modern metal roofing is available in many styles, including traditional vertical seam, metal tile, metal shake, metal shingles, stone-coated, and a variety of others. Each of our metal roof varieties is available in a number of colors as well. This makes them perfect for enhancing or accenting the style of your home.
Metal Roof Myth 2
Increased Noise Level
The myth that metal roofs inherit increased noise levels when it rains has plagued them throughout their existence. It’s easy to imagine rain beating down on metal making more noise than if it were raining on asphalt. Fortunately, the age and strength of this myth doesn’t take away from the fact that it’s just a myth. Metal roofs are actually no louder than a standard asphalt shingle roof. They’re even quoted as being quieter since metal roofs are often installed over an existing shingle roof or are accompanied by a solid sheathing attached to the underlayment.
Metal Roof Myth 3
Prone to Lightning Strikes
This is one of the more far-fetched myths surrounding metal roofs. The lightning strike myth stems from the common knowledge that metal is a strong electrical conductor. However, its conductive property doesn’t mean lightning is any more attracted to your home. Lightning has a strong tendency to strike the tallest object around. Unless your home is the tallest object or structure during a lightning storm, the potential for a strike is not very high regardless of roof style.
The Strengths of Metal Roofing
Now that we’ve addressed these mythical metal roofing concerns, it’s time to briefly discuss some metal roofing benefits. Perhaps the greatest benefit of a metal roof is its longevity. Metal roofs have been quoted to last 50+ years. Their qualities of endurance and durability often translate to never having to fully replace your roof again. A secondary benefit is that they aid in your home’s overall energy efficiency. That’s not to say a metal roof by itself will dramatically reduce the energy consumption of your home but they do tend to perform better than asphalt roofs under the same circumstance. This can largely be attributed to its reflective quality. To learn more about what makes metal roofing a great option, contact CBI OKC today!