The Truth About Metal Roofs

The Truth About Metal Roofs

Metal roofs are quickly becoming a more attractive option to homeowners, due to their increased durability and higher energy-efficiency ratings when compared to other materials. However, many still have their doubts and concerns over the price and upkeep that comes with a metal roof. We’ll break down these common questions and mysterious myths for you.

Metal Roof Information

How much do metal roofs cost?
While all metal roofs have different costs depending on the labor involved, quality of material, your home’s style, etc. the average price for a metal roof is about $5,000-7,000. This initial cost might seem high, but metal roofs are virtually maintenance-free and have a lifespan of 50 years or even more, therefore paying for themselves in the long run.

Are metal roofs energy-efficient?
Extremely. Metal roofs reflect the sun’s energy while blocking heat transfer from the roof to the interior living space. Additionally, developments in paint manufacturing have produced a new roof coating with reflective properties that reduce your summer AC bills by 25%. Installing a metal roof makes you eligible for tax credits or other government incentives.

Are metal roofs noisy?
Most homeowners expect heavy rains to create a loud and bothersome drum throughout the house during the course of the storm. Additionally, advances in metal roof installation have increased the amount of insulation between the roof’s exterior and the interior ceiling, muting the rain noise by quite a bit, sometimes making it quieter than other options. This is why older homes with metal roofs and less insulation might be known for being loud during a summer storm.

Are metal roofs easily susceptible to a lot of damage?
Although nothing is completely “maintenance free,” metal roofs are about as close as you can come to that phrase. The material is the best option for protecting your home from wind, rain, hail, fire and rot. Some insurance companies give discounts of 35% to homeowners with metal roofs due to their extreme strength and durability. Opting for a textured metal roof protects the roof’s value even more, because minor dents are less readily visible.

True or false: metal roofs ruin a home’s exterior?
Older metal roofs have created a bad rap for newer ones, as they had a shiny and metallic look that never really complimented the rest of the building’s appearance. However, metal roofs have since lost that image and are now offered in a variety of colors, matte finishes and styles. Additionally, some metal materials can be fashioned to resemble other materials like tile, asphalt shingles or wood shakes.

True or false: metal roofs make your home more likely to be struck by lighting?
People generally jump to the conclusion that since metal conducts electricity, a metal roof increases your home’s chances of being struck by lighting. Not so. Electricity is not drawn to metal roof and metal roofs are non-combustible and extremely resistant to flame, so it can actually be safer than some other roofing materials.

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