Metal roofing is quickly becoming one of the most popular options in the residential sector. Despite its popularity, though, myths about metal roofing still persist, causing some homeowners to miss out on the benefits. In this blog post, roofing contractor Tango and Gatti sets the record straight by debunking common myths about metal roofing.
MYTH: Metal Roofs Are Noisy – This myth may have stemmed from the fact that corrugated metal sheets, typically installed on sheds, are very noisy when it rains, or when a person or animal walks on the roof. But residential roofing systems are built with a roof deck and insulation. If built properly, metal roofs are actually quieter than asphalt shingle and tile roofs.
MYTH: Ice Dams Don’t Form on Metal Roofs – Metal roofs efficiently shed snow and rainwater, but it doesn’t prevent ice dams from forming. In fact, it doesn’t matter what outer roofing material your roof has, ice dams are formed because of poor attic insulation and ventilation. As the temperature of the roof surface climbs above freezing, the snow melts, flows towards the edge, then refreezes. A well-insulated attic with ample ventilation at the top is the key to preventing ice dams, no matter what type of roof you have.
MYTH: Metal Roofs Make Your Home Hot – Metal roofs, like any other roofing system, do not magically generate heat. The key to winter energy-efficiency is to have a well-insulated attic, exterior walls, and fenestrations (windows, entry doors, and skylights). With minimal heat loss, less output will be required from the heating system, resulting in lower energy bills. Having said that, metal roofs can actually make your home more energy-efficient during hot days. A light-colored roof reflects unwanted solar heat. The less heat absorbed through the roof, the less output is required from the air conditioning system.
MYTH: Metal Roofs Are Prone to Lightning Strikes – Metal roofs do not attract lightning any more than other roofing materials. In fact, metal roofing is highly fire resistant compared to other roofing materials, so in the unlikely event your metal roof is struck by lightning, you’ll be well protected.
To learn more about the benefits of metal roofing, call Tango and Gatti today at (330) 303-4222. You can also fill out our contact form to schedule a free no-obligation estimate. We serve Canton and Barnesville, OH.