4 Common Metal Roofing Myths

4 Common Metal Roofing Myths

Metal roofs provide certain advantages over other roofing materials. They’re highly durable, require minimal maintenance and can help your home become more energy-efficient. However, there are several myths about metal roofs that have been around for awhile. Learn the truth behind each myth if you’re considering getting this kind of roof for your home.

Metal Roofs Attract Lightning Strikes

One of the most common myths is that these roofs are struck more often by lightning. Since this would pose a fire risk, it’s understandable that homeowners are concerned about this issue. Thankfully, there’s no need to be worried, since metal roofing doesn’t attract lightning. In fact, metal roofs can help lessen the impact of lightning if it does strike your home. They’re also fire-resistant, so you don’t have to be concerned about your home going up in flames.

Metal Roofs are More Vulnerable to Hail Damage

It might seem as though metal roofs would be more likely to become dented when there’s a hail storm. However, these roofs are durable enough to hold up to most of these storms. You might end up with a bit of damage with unusually large hail, but average hail shouldn’t make any dents in a metal roof. Keep in mind that even if you do have hail damage, this is usually something that metal roof manufacturers cover under their warranty.

One of the most common myths is that these roofs are struck more often by lightning. Since this would pose a fire risk, it’s understandable that homeowners are concerned about this issue. Thankfully, there’s no need to be worried, since metal roofing doesn’t attract lightning.

Metal Roofs Lead to Colder Homes in Winter

Having a metal roof on your home might make you think that you can expect a colder interior during the winter months. Fortunately, this isn’t true. No matter how cold it gets outside, a metal roof doesn’t affect the temperature inside your home. The amount of insulation you have in your attic is what determines how warm or cool your home feels in winter. During summer, having one of these roofs can actually be beneficial for your home. Metal roofs reflect the sun’s rays, leading to cooler indoor temperatures and less energy usage.

Metal Roofs are Noisy When it Rains

If you’re worried about how loud rain will sound when it hits a metal roof, rest assured that it’s not any louder than usual. This type of roof is more than just sheets of metal placed on your home. There are other materials and components that go along with it, such as insulation, which dulls the sound of rain. When you have a metal roof, rain won’t sound any louder than it does when it hits shingled roofs.

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Variations on Metal Roofing

Once relegated to only country barns and homes, metal roofs have quickly become one of today’s most popular building trends. In fact, sales of metal roofs have more than quadrupled in the last decade, making them one of the fastest growing construction products. More and more homeowners choose to change to metal roofs because of the benefits they offer, as well as the variations that are now available.

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Benefits of metal roofing

While other roofs quickly lose value and deteriorate at an alarming rate, metal roofs can provide a number of lasting benefits. Below are just a few of the reasons to consider switching to a metal roof.

  • Long lasting: Metal is one of the longest lasting roofing materials available. On average, metal roofs can be expected to last between 40 and 80 years, nearly 3 times as long as average shingled roofs.
  • Low weight: Metal roofs weigh less than most other building materials, putting less stress on your home’s structural integrity.
  • Wind resistant: In Middle Tennessee, it is important that a roof is both beautiful and strong. Because many metal roofs are built using interlocking panels, they are more wind resistant than other roofing materials.
  • Energy efficient: Because metal roofs reflect the sun’s rays, they help keep your home cooler in the summer. This reduces energy costs as you do not need to run your thermostat as long to keep your home cool.
  • Fire resistant: While wood roofs can quickly become engulfed in flames in the event of a house fire, metal is a fire resistant building material.

Variations on metal roofing

As the demand for metal roofing has grown, so has the number of styles of metal roofing available. There are now more variations on metal roofing available, giving homeowners the ability to find a metal roof that matches their home’s style and can easily blend in with the surrounding houses in the neighborhood. Below are a few of the most popular metal roof variations.

  • Corrugated: The “traditional” metal roof, corrugated roofs are now galvanized and can provide a vintage or classic look on new construction and older homes alike. Corrugated metal roofs are an excellent choice for homes with skylights or fiberglass panels, as they typically have similar structural designs and patterns.
  • R Panel: R Panel roofs are easy to install and require minimal maintenance, making them a popular choice for both residential and commercial roofing. Available in a variety of colors, R Panel roofs are an excellent metal flat roof option.
  • Standing Seam: Architectural standing seam roofs are the most weather resistant metal roofs due to the way that the metal panels interlock. This tightly built, watertight seal often makes architectural standing seam the most popular metal roof choice for residential properties.

While there are variations on color, style, and price, no matter what you choose your new metal roof will protect your home for years to come. Contact L & L Contractors today to learn more about how a metal roof can add beauty and style to your home!

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