Common Metal Roof Myths Debunked

People often shoot down the idea of a metal roof without even looking into it. Too many myths circulate about metal roof problems, and these tend to scare off buyers. With 20 years in the metal roofing business serving all of central and southern Maine, we have heard it all. However, the truth is that modern metal roof systems are a durable, affordable, maintenance free option for your residential roofing needs.

Below are some popular misconceptions about metal roof panels and how they actually work on your home. If you still have questions after reading this information, please contact our metal roofing contractors and we will be happy to answer any questions.

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Myth 1: Metal roofs are hot!

You probably have this idea because you at one time felt something made of metal that was sitting in the sun on a summer day and got burned. However, what you are actually feeling is reflected heat. Metal reflects heat. This is why we wrap food we want to keep warm in foil, and why we use foil in the oven to keep something from burning. It works the same way on your roof. In the summer, heat is reflected outward, keeping you cool, in the winter it is reflected inward keeping you warm.

Myth 2: A metal roof is expensive!

While a metal roof costs more up front, it is much cheaper in the long run. High quality types of metal roofing have lifetime warranties lasting as long as 40 years. Other roofing materials such as asphalt shingles usually only last 15 to 20 years before they have to be replaced. Additionally, because of the heat reflecting properties mentioned above, metal roofing saves you money every year and every season, by reducing energy bills.

Myth 3: Metal roofing is Noisy!

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This is not true for residential metal roofing. You are probably thinking of exposed metal sheeting, commonly used for barns or garages. In these cases, yes, when rain falls on the unmounted metal sheets, it sounds like falling hammers. However, when metal is installed on a residential roof it is secured to the plywood decking below. When properly installed with a solid sheathing, a metal roof actually creates a more solid construction that is quieter than many other roofing materials.

Myth 4: A metal roof will rust!

While this may be true for older metal roofing, today’s metal roofing systems are built to last. The metal roofing system that we use is made from durable steel covered with a factory applied coating Galvalume finish. The metal roof panels are then painted to ensure long lasting color and a rust free finish for the life of your roof. Therefore, this durable coating and finish ensures your roofing remains beautiful and maintenance free.

Contact Us to Learn More About More Metal Roof Myths

These are the biggest metal roof myths that we run into. If you have heard other myths that you want cleared up or you would like to learn more about the benefits that metal roofing can offer, contact our metal roofing contractors serving all of southern and central Maine including Portland, ME today.