Although metal roofs have been around for thousands of years, only a small percentage of today’s homeowners have lived under them. Which means there are a lot of misconceptions about metal roofing.
- Noise: You’ve probably been in an old barn or pole building with a metal roof and noticed how loud rainfall can be on it. But residential metal roofs are installed over solid decking and underlayment — making it no more noisy than any other roofing material.
- Lightning: Lightning doesn’t care what kind of material it strikes — it’s looking for the highest point in its path, whether it’s metal, asphalt or wood. A metal roof won’t attract lightning any more than any other roofing material. It does, however, offer you additional protection against lightning — in two ways:
- The high conductivity of the metal and large surface area of the roof can diffuse the strike’s energy, minimizing the initial impact of the strike.
- A lightning strike will usually cause wood or asphalt roofing to immediately combust; in fact, most lightning damage is caused by the ensuing fire. The nonflammability of a metal roof helps prevent that fire from starting.
- Weight: Many people think metal roofs are heavy. But the strong, thin, steel sheets are actually 50 percent lighter than most asphalt shingles — and 75 percent lighter than most tile, slate or concrete-fiber shakes.
- Rust: Metal roofing is protected by galvanization with sophisticated anti-corrosion alloys, and by state-of-the-art color coating systems. The products we use all carry industry-leading warranties against rust.
- Heat: Metal roofs get hot — just like any other roofing material. But many of the paint colors available help reflect solar heat. And metal roofing releases solar heat faster than traditional asphalt shingles.
What About Cost?
A metal roof is a substantial investment. But it’s an investment with much higher dividends:
Lifespan: Our metal roofs have a 50-year, transferable warranty. How many asphalt roofs are you going to have to buy over the next half century?
Resale Value: Calculate the impact on your resale value. Your roof accounts for as much as 40% of your home’s curb appeal. A metal roof can increase your resale value by about $1.45 per square foot — while an asphalt roof may be considered a resale liability.
Insurance Discounts: Many homeowners insurance carriers offer premium discounts for metal roofs. Unlike asphalt shingles or wood shakes, a metal roof will not catch fire, even if burning embers fall on it.
Adam Quenneville Roofing & Siding also works with homeowners to find the best financing solution – we offer no-payment and no-interest options for up to 12 months.