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5 Popular Misconceptions About How a Metal Roof Works

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Metal roofs have gained in popularity, but many people still harbor misconceptions about how they work. These may come from misinformation or simply from negative experiences with metal roofs in the past. Here are five popular misconceptions about metal roofs and how they work.

1. Myth: Metal Roofs Always Make a Lot of Noise

This is a misconception you may have if you’ve ever been in a barn with a tin roof during a rainstorm or hailstorm. But anytime you can look up and see the same layer of material from inside the building that you see from the outside, you can be sure all the sound is going to come through. What people don’t always consider is that insulation will help a lot with this.

In addition, residential metal roof installation is different from how tin roofs are on barns and sheds. For example, in residential installation, the metal is installed on top of a decking material that will help absorb and deaden many of the vibrations. Plus you can choose a sound-insulating underlayment to quiet the roof even further.

2. Myth: Metal Roofs Let Unwanted Heat Through

Metal conducts heat much more quickly than some other roofing products such as asphalt shingles. That may make it sound like your metal roof will transfer more heat into your house, but that’s actually not the case. For one thing, your metal roof reflects away a lot of the sun’s heat rather than absorbing it like asphalt. And it won’t keep adding heat to your house at night like asphalt.

3. Myth: Metal Roofs Aren’t Affordable

When you start to look at prices for metal roofing, you might get a bit of shock. But a variety of price points exists, and the higher price points typically have longer lifespans and longer warranties. And some price points are quite comparable to asphalt-shingle roofing prices.

Another important point is the value of the roof over time. If you compare a standing-seam metal roof with a cheap asphalt roof, the price per year could be lower. After all, if you buy a roof that can last more than twice as long as a typical asphalt shingle roof, you save money in the long run as long as you don’t pay more than twice the price.

In addition to the material costs, less frequent replacements will save on:

  • The labor costs associated with installation
  • Tear-off costs
  • Costs of disposing of old roofing materials

As you can see, a carefully chosen metal roof can be not only a higher value but also a more economical deal in the long run than a typical asphalt roof.

4. Myth: Metal Roofs Will Look Like a Corrugated Tin Roof

You’ve likely seen tin roofs on barns or warehouses, and you want to make sure your house doesn’t look like that. And tin roofs could look a bit strange (unless your house is intentionally barn-style). But the good news is that residential metal roofing typically doesn’t have the same aesthetic at all.

The styles available for residential metal roof include standing seam panels, corrugated styles, and products that look like other types of roofing. For example, if you don’t want a roof that looks like it’s made of metal panels, you can choose a metal shingle product with a textured surface that looks almost identical to asphalt shingles.

5. Myth: Anyone Can Install a Metal Roof

A metal roofing system is very different from an asphalt roofing system or from a tile roofing system. For example, the flashing requirements are different. And the underlayment requirements may be different. In addition, you need to use the right fasteners for metal roofing or you could end up with galvanic corrosion, causing roof failure.

So you need to find an experienced contractor who knows how to handle the different installation materials and processes that metal roofing requires.

These are just five popular misconceptions about metal roofing that homeowners sometimes subscribe to. If you’d like to learn more about metal roofing or discover how we can help you install a metal roof, get in touch with Precise Roofing & Contracting today.


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