While it’s true that asphalt shingles are still the most popular roofing choice in America, it’s also true that they aren’t the most durable, long-lasting or affordable in the long run. To gain those benefits, homeowners increasingly turn to their local metal roofing contractor.
Unfortunately, there are a few metal roofing myths that seem to proliferate, even when they aren’t true – or are no longer true. We’re here to bust those myths and set the record straight.
Myth #1: Metal Roofs Rust
Actually, metal roof systems are designed not to rust, using super-high tech coatings – usually a type of galvanized steel or proprietary GALVUME technology. These coatings are so durable that metal roofing panels often have a warranty for as long as 40-years. And, if the roof is maintained as per the manufacturer’s instructions, it can last as long as 50 or 60 years – and even longer, without needing to be replaced.
Not only do metal roofs not rust, they hold up better than any other roofing material when it comes to extreme weather climates, including rain, hail and tornadoes.
Myth #2: Metal Roofs Are Noisier When It Rains
If, by metal roof, you mean a plain sheet of corrugated metal – yep, that’s noisy. Almost equally noisy would be a single sheet of asphalt shingles without anything else between it and the listener. The reality is that, when installed correctly, metal roofs are actually quieter than their asphalt and tile counterparts. Underneath the metal roof panels is a layer of insulatory sheathing and the prepared wood roof deck. If you’re installing a metal roof over existing shingles, you are even more insulated from sound pollution.
Myth #3: Metal Roofs Are Expensive
If you obtain bids for a high-quality metal roof and an asphalt shingle roof, the metal roof bid will have the higher price tag. However, savvy homeowners know to prioritize lifetime costs over first-time costs. In terms of lifetime costs – metal roofs are by far the most affordable choice due to reduced maintenance and replacement costs.
Metal roofs last two- to three-times as long as an asphalt shingle roofs, negating replacement costs for most homeowners. Plus, they are more energy efficient, which means you’ll pocket decades of utility savings as well.