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10 Common Concerns About Metal Roofing

In 2012, 10 percent of the roofing market share belonged to metal, and that number has only continued to grow in recent years. When we stop to look at the reasons why, it quickly becomes clear that metal roofing just makes sense. Not only are metal roofs more durable than other roofing solutions, but they’re also incredibly easy to maintain and often require no repairs throughout their lifecycle.

However, as with any trend, metal roofing carries some skepticism and misinformation. Below, we take a look at 10 top concerns people hold about metal roofing.

Concern #1: Metal Roofing is Noisy 

It makes sense why people would think metal roofs are noisy. After all, the tin roofs of old were notorious for producing a pinging sound when it rained or hailed. These days, however, the noise produced from a metal roof is about the same as other roofing options. We can thank solid sheathing for the quiet – when it’s installed correctly, the noise is silenced more effectively.

Concern #2: Metal Roofing Rusts

It’s just not so, and we can look to any steel coating literature to find out why metal roofs don’t rust. Just like HVAC ducts, highway guard rails and street signs, metal roofing is coated with zinc and aluminum, which prevents moisture from reaching the steel and rusting it. The paint on top of the coating forms another layer of protection from the elements.

Concern #3: Metal Roofing Attracts Lightning 

Metal roofing in no way increases the risk that your structure will be struck by lightning. Lightning most often strikes the highest object in an area, and favors objects that are tall and slender. This technical bulletin from the Metal Construction Association takes an in-depth look into why metal roofing does not attract lightning.

Concern #4: Metal Roofing is Hot

Contrary to popular belief, metal roofing actually stays cooler than asphalt roofing in hot conditions. In fact, it’s been shown to reduce air conditioning costs by 20% or more! Why? For one, other materials such as asphalt retain heat from the sun, but metal roofing quickly loses heat when the sun goes down or behind a cloud.

If you’re concerned about heat, you should also ensure that your metal roof is ventilated properly. It’s easy to do, and the airspace helps to stop the conductive heat transfer from the roof to the rest of your structure.

Concern # 5: Metal Roofing is Heavy

Nope, nope and nope. People are often surprised to find out that metal roofing can be up to 75% lighter than other forms of roofing. Depending on the gauge used, steel roofing weighs anywhere between 0.7 to 1.3 pounds per square foot. By contrast, asphalt shingles weigh 2 to 2.5 pounds per square foot.

Concern #6: Metal Roofing is Ugly

Don’t let anyone tell you this common myth. While metal roofing used to be synonymous with barns and sheds, there are now plenty of beautiful options. Different colors and matte finishes are just the beginning. Styles today imitate wood, asphalt, clay and stone with surprising accuracy for a range of aesthetic choices.

Concern #7: Metal Roofing is Expensive

This one has some merit, but hear us out. While a metal roof can be more expensive to initially install, it will end up saving you money – a lot of money – in the long-term. Because metal roofing often lasts two or three times longer than a typical asphalt shingle roof with minimal to no maintenance, you’ll make your money up over the lifetime of the roof instead of upfront.

To see how much you can expect to spend, take a look at this handy chart depicting the cost of standing seam metal roofing installations across the country.

Concern #8: Metal Roofing is Inaccessible

There are certainly different considerations to take into account before you go climbing around on your roof, including pitch and the specific materials used. Your installer or manufacturer will have tips on the best way to safely access your roof without damaging it, so check in with them before busting out the ladder.

Concern #9: Metal Roofing Dents

For most severe weather conditions, including hail, you shouldn’t worry about your metal roof denting. Almost all metal roofing systems have passed the highest level of impact resistance testing, which not only gives you peace of mind but could also help you save on your insurance premiums.

Even more reassuring is the fact that metal roofing won’t wear down over time, so the impact resistance won’t change as the roof ages. In the event that your roof is dented, your roofing warranty should cover the surface of the metal.

Concern #10: Metal Roofing Hurts My Resale Value

Turns out that your resale value will be increased when you have a quality metal roof system in place. According to Home Guides, a metal roof can improve resale value by 1% to 6% compared to an asphalt shingle roof. On average, you’ll also recoup 85.9% of your costs on a metal roof, unless you live in the eastern US. Then, you’ll recoup a whopping 95.5% of your costs.

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