Common Misconceptions About Residential Metal Roofing

October 13, 2022


From the time innovation and technology knocked on mankind’s door and the dawn of science brightened the planet, metal roofing supplanted clay tiles and permeated our lives as an integral invention. Owing to the lack of research and limitations on innovative ways to reimagine metal roofs, their supposedly bland and somewhat unflattering essence made people think that metal roofs are only suitable for barns, large factories, and warehouses.

The latter renders residential metal roofing systems the least favourite choice amongst homeowners.

But times have evolved and so have metal roofs and their traits. Modern science and space age mechanization has completely changed the face of the roofing industry, forcing every roofer to revisit their introspections concerning metal roofs. Innovation and sophistication made promising progress and uplifted metal roofs and their qualities while downsizing their downsides to a negligible point.

As we speak, residential metal roofing systems have become the most popular recommendation amongst reputed metal roofing contractors and informed homeowners. Sadly, many people are still stuck in the past and fail to see the goodness in metal roofs. Due to their reluctance and adherence to fallacies, they are missing out on the immense benefits of residential metal roofing.

Read Also: 5 Reasons To Consider Metal Roofing For Your Home

To help homeowners see the light, this blog post will debunk the most common misconceptions about metal roof systems in Edmonton.

Metal Roofing Is Only Good For Industrial Settings

As pointed out earlier, people often associate metal roofs with industrial and commercial settings. Homeowners falsely believe metal roofs are too heavy or too dull for homes. However, the truth is far from this fallacy. In reality, metal roofs are the most lightweight of all roofing types.

Thanks to contemporary manufacturing techniques, metal roofs weigh around 50 pounds per square. Compared to shingles, which can weigh between 200 and 500 pounds per square, metal roofing is four times lighter, to say the least.

So what makes you think a metal roof’s weight makes them only suitable for industrial settings when your home can bear the weight of shingles?

Metal Roofs Are Monotonous, Bygone, And Unattractive

Another stereotypical misconception relates to a metal roof’s aesthetics. When thinking of metal roofs, all that comes to the minds of some of you is a dull gray-looking roof that destroys the whole building’s aura.

Contrarily, metal roofs boast the most comprehensive variety in terms of metal choice, coating, colour, style, orientation, and much more. However, you must know where to look for all these because not all metal roofing contractors are the same. Only reliable and reputed roofers will provide high-end residential metal roofing services with an ocean of variety.

Metal Roofing Is Not Good For The Environment

For some unknown reason, people also believe metal roofs are not good for the environment because metals do not easily decompose. What they fail to see is that metal roofs consist of about 25% recycled material and are, as a whole, 100% reusable.

On the other hand, their common counterparts, asphalt shingles, end up in landfills and are rarely recycled but need replacements every 15 years or so.

Metal Roofs Are Costly

Before you start complaining, we want to turn your attention to costs on a deeper level and not just the upfront price you pay. For many, all that matters is the initial outlay when installing a roof. As a sensible homeowner, you must assess your future expenses.

Asphalt shingles and other roofing materials definitely have lower prices than metal. However, they are less durable, require frequent repairs and maintenance, and last only about 20 years.

In contrast, metal roofs are least susceptible to damage, require little maintenance, and last for 40 to 70 years. Some even go to 100 years.

Residential Metal Roofing Systems Are More Prone To Leaks

People think the holes through which screws are inserted into a metal roof panel to attach it to the wood underneath pave the way for leaks. It would be unfair to blame you for these thoughts as, logically, screw holes do seem like ideal leak hotspots.

But that is where modern roofing technology comes in. The neoprene washer on which the screws are drilled acts as a sealant and prevents water seepage. Furthermore, these screws are driven into boards found above the decking material, which also prevents leaks due to the screw holes.

They Are Noisy And Easily Trap Heat

Metals are good conductors of heat and quite noisy at times. While this point would be held true 50 years ago, it is meaningless today. Modern metal roofs have paddings, and the decking further reduces the chances of having a noisy roof when it rains.

Likewise, the high emissivity and reflectivity of modern metal roofs repel light and heat, making metal roofs highly energy-efficient.

Metal Roofing Attracts Lightning

Although metals are good electrical conductors, the science behind lightning strikes is a bit different. Lightning seeks an easier path to discharge excess electricity into the ground. Thus, it is more likely to hit trees and poles rather than a metal roof.

So metal roofs do not attract lightning but can actually act as saviours during a strike. Metal roofs have the ability to disperse the charges, and their flame resistance prevents fires due to lightning strikes.

So, do you still need more convincing?

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