Residential Metal Roofing

Clearing Up The Many Misconceptions About Residential Metal Roofing

Residential Metal Roofing

Installing residential metal roofing is a big task -- and metal roofing is one of the best possible investments that you can make in your home. But many people have questions, and misinformation abounds in regard to metal roofing -- so in this article we would like to clear up a few of those misconceptions --

One of the most common misconceptions about residential metal roofing is that it can be dented by hail, or ripped off and bent in a wind storm. In fact, residential metal roofing is a very durable product, and if it is properly installed by a qualified roofer you will never need to worry about your metal roof being damaged by hail or wind.

Another common misconception about residential metal roofing is that it is expensive. While there is no doubt that the initial purchase price is high, this is counterbalanced by the fact that properly installed, your new residential metal roof may be guaranteed for 20 years or more. During this same period of time, you might have to replace a traditional shingle roof two or more times -- so let me ask you, which type of roof will really save you money in the end?

Another common misunderstanding about residential metal roofing is that after a while the color may fade and look very unattractive. While some change in color may be observed after many, many years, the effect is far less pronounced than many people imagine -- after all, every type of roofing material is subject to some degree of wear due to the environment.

Another common misconception about residential metal roofing is that it will be very noisy when the roof rains -- again this is a gross misunderstanding. If you have a simple outdoor shed, with a 1-ply corrugated metal roof, and nothing else underneath it, then of course when it rains it will make a lot of noise.

But that is not the case at all when metal roofing is installed in your home. Don't forget that when your metal roof is attached, there will be an underlying substructure which supports it, and in addition to that layers of insulation, rafters, etc. All of this additional material will act as a sound insulator, so your residential metal roofing will in fact not be any more of a noise-producer and than your old roof was.

A final common misunderstanding about residential metal roofing is that it will absorb heat, and transform your home into an oven during the hot summer months. In response to this we can say two things: First of all, when your metal roofing is installed, various insulating materials can be installed underneath it to prevent the transfer of excess amounts of heat into your home.

The second thing to keep in mind is that various coatings and finishes can be applied to residential metal roofing materials to give it a great deal of heat reflectivity, thereby minimizing the amount of heat absorption by the metal. So there is absolutely no reason to be concerned about heat generation from a metal roof, as long as it has been installed and insulated correctly, and the proper coatings and finishes have been applied (and reapplied as necessary when they wear off).