What Should Your Next Roof Be? – Part 2: Metal

When you talk about metal roofing, many homeowners instantly think of barns and industrial structures. What they don’t realize is that metal roofs have crossed over to residential properties and have been providing homes with a number of benefits for years. If you’re looking for a new roof and are willing to try something new, then metal roofing is definitely a worthy consideration for you.

Metal Roofing Benefits

Getting a metal roof will let you enjoy:

Durability. Metal roofing is great in various climates. Properly installed, it can weather through whatever the elements will bring throughout the year, lasting two to three times longer than asphalt shingles. Given that kind of lifespan, it’s not too far-fetched to think that a metal roof is the last roof you’ll be installing over your home.

Variety. Metal roofing can be painted in a range of colors, letting you pick out the best shade to complement your home. It also comes in different profiles and can be made to look like other roofing materials like tile, slate, and wood shakes and shingles.

Convenience. Metal roofing is lightweight (50% lighter than asphalt shingles and 75% lighter than concrete tile!) so it is easy to handle, making installation short and sweet. Additionally, its light weight allows metal roofing to be installed over an existing roof, doing away with the need for a tear-off before a replacement.

Energy Efficiency. Metal is generally associated with heat because it is a conductor. However, metal roofs are highly reflective, allowing them to bounce back a great deal of heat that would have been otherwise absorbed into your home. They will still absorb some level of heat from the sun but whatever they do absorb is quickly released as well, resulting in very minimal heat transfer into your home.

Busting Metal Roofing Myths

Myth: Metal roofing attracts lightning.
Fact: It does not. Lightning typically hits the highest structure in the area. If your home does get hit by lighting, metal roofing actually offers added protection by safely dispersing energy throughout its structure. It is not flammable so it does not pose a fire risk.

Myth: Metal roofing is noisy.
Fact: When installed with solid sheathing, metal roofing is actually better at silencing noise from bad weather, like rain and hail, compared to other roofing materials.

Myth: Metal roofing is lightweight so it is weak against strong winds.
Fact: Not at all! Metal roofing has a 150-mph wind rating. This is equivalent to winds an F2 tornado brings.

Pleasantly surprised by metal roofing? In the next part of this blog series, you’ll be learning about another material to consider for your next roof. Stay tuned for more on tile roofing!