Dispelling Metal Myths: The Truths About Metal Roofing

Contact: Darcie Meihoff, Metal Roofing Alliance (MRA), [email protected] or 971-998-3782

April 25, 2018

Metal has become the second most preferred type of roofing material and is quickly gaining in popularity, according to a recent study of U.S. homeowners conducted by the Metal Roofing Alliance. That’s no surprise, given the exceptional low maintenance benefits and long-term performance features of metal roofing.

However, there are still misconceptions and mistaken beliefs about metal roofs among some homeowners that need to be overcome, including these five common myths:

Metal Roof Myth #1
Style and color options are limited.

Truth: Metal roofing offers a nearly endless number of design options, designed to fit with the architectural style of just about any home. Metal roofs that mimic the look of shakes, slate and clay tile, yet offer exceptional durability and performance, are just some examples of the beautiful styles available. Metal also offers homeowners more color choices than any other type of roofing material. A wide range of rich color options, as well as raw organic hues such as copper, titanium and bright stainless steel, are increasingly attracting homeowners for their one-of-a-kind appeal.

Metal Roof Myth #2
It’s not as energy efficient. It may make my home too hot in the summer.

Truth: Metal roofs have proven energy efficiency performance and are ENERGY STAR qualified as “Cool Roofs.” Even basic, unpainted metal roofs will reflect more solar radiation than asphalt, which typically absorbs and holds heat. While light-colored roofs naturally reflect and absorb less heat, metal roofs with oven-cured, pre-painted organic coatings incorporate “cool pigment” technology. That means even for darker metal roof colors, metal delivers high total solar reflectance and high infrared emittance, keeping homes cool and saving energy by re-emitting most of what solar radiation is absorbed.

Metal Roof Myth #3
It won’t perform as well in extreme conditions.

Truth: Metal roofs are by far the preferred and most durable choice for withstanding hurricane force, 140-mile per hour winds and extreme storms, which is why they are so popular in hurricane prone areas like Florida and the southeast U.S. region. Quality metal roofs stand up to damaging hail much better than other types of roofs and have the strength to hold up under heavy snow and ice loads. As an extremely strong, long-lasting, low maintenance and durable material, metal is a top choice severe weather and climate conditions, including in wildfire prone areas.

Metal Roof Myth #4
It’s not as sustainable as other materials

Truth: For the environmentally conscious, the fact that metal roofing lasts 50-plus years (nearly two to three times longer than other materials), can be recycled at the end of its long life rather than dumped into the landfill, and is energy efficient are major benefits. Quality metal roof coatings can also mean lower long-term maintenance by naturally resisting moss and fungus. That reduces the need for strong chemical treatments that can be harmful to the environment. For these reasons and more, metal is one of the most sustainable roofing choices available for homeowners today.

Metal Roof Myth #5
It will be noisy

Truth: When installed correctly, a metal roof is as quiet as an asphalt roof. A combination of attic space, insulation and proper installation methods are important to reduce noise transmission for any roof, no matter what the material type, and makes the biggest difference when it comes to sound. Make sure your installer uses a good quality underlayment and adds/tightens fasteners securely to help manage noise.

Get more facts about how metal roofs compare to other roofing choices on the market on our material comparison page.

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