In this special episode of Today’s Homeowner Podcast, I’m talking with Renee Ramey, Executive Director of the Metal Roofing Alliance.
We’re discussing the 10 most common myths when it comes to metal roofs. Get ready for some surprising information!
About the Metal Roofing Alliance
The Metal Roofing Alliance is a nonprofit trade association that helps homeowners make educated roofing decisions and connects them with expert metal roofing professionals.
Like Renee says, “We’re all about spreading awareness and making sure that people have the right information!”
10 Myths About Metal Roofs
1. Style and Color Options are Limited
When many people think of metal roofing, they envision a classic barn metal roof — which is one option, but there are many others.
Metal roofing can look like any other material out there, like shake, tile, asphalt or shingles. As far as colors go, there are thousands of color options out there to fit your home or aesthetic!
2. They’re Not Energy-Efficient
Because of the make and the coatings, it’s completely possible to have a ‘cool metal roof.’ This means that the coatings on the metal roof help emit heat and keep your home cooler in warm climates. And you’ll save money on your energy bill!
3. They Won’t Withstand Extreme Weather
Metal roofs actually test well against hurricane-type winds and are resistant to fire embers. They also remain solid against hail and snow.
4. They’re Not Sustainable
Metal is a recyclable product and a lot of the roofs today are made of recyclable material. Not only is recycling utilized in making the roofs, but the roof can also be 100% recycled at the end of its life.
5. They’re Noisy
If quality metal roof systems are installed correctly, they can actually be quieter than other roofing systems.
6. They’re More Expensive Than Other Materials
As mentioned, metal roofing comes in a variety of colors and styles and the price range can vary. The price of one quality metal roof is equivalent to two or three asphalt roofs. And a metal roof will probably last many decades longer than its counterpart.
Down the road, this adds up and a metal roof becomes the cheaper option!
7. They’re Too Shiny
A quality metal roof comes in a variety of glosses and finishes. Shininess is mitigated by the color and gloss you pick for your roof!
8. They’re Too Heavy
MRA has data that dispels this myth. In fact, metal roofs are lighter in weight compared to other products out there.
9. They’re Likely to Get Struck by Lightning
If lightning does strike your metal roof, the hit of the lightning will mitigate it in a manner so it will not reach anyone or anything. A metal roof also has the highest — class A — rating against catching on fire.
10. It’s Difficult to Install Solar Panels or Solar Systems
Metal roofing is the best platform for solar panel systems. That’s because solar energy outlasts the life of an asphalt roof and there’s a risk of dismantling the system.
A metal roof should outlast the lifespan of solar panels and there are clamps for this very purpose. Even more, the clamps do not require you to puncture the surface to have solar panels on your roof!