Facts and myths about metal roofing abound. It’s important to separate the truths from the lies. This blog post is a guide for homeowners considering installation of a steel, aluminum, or copper roof.
The Facts About Metal Roofing Are:
Metal roofing is available in a wide range of colors, textures and styles. Finishes from matte to high-gloss give the homeowner plenty of possibilities for customization. (Contact Advosy for any such commercial roofing customization requirement.)
Durability – A well-constructed metal roof can last for over 50 years with virtually no maintenance. (When properly maintained.)
Energy Efficiency – Metal roofs reflect heat, and ice and snow slide off easily. They are high-tech with a high R rating. (With an R-value of 45, steel is more energy efficient than solid concrete.)
Fire Resistance – Some types of metal roofs have UL Class A Fire Ratings (the highest rating available).
Wind Resistance – With high wind-resistance, some metal roofs can even withstand hurricanes.
##Metal Roofing Myths Are
Myth: Metal Roofs Are Noisy
Metal roofs are made with galvanized steel and coated with a protective layer of paint. The rust-proof coating is one of the reasons that metal roofing does not make noise when rain hits it.
Myth: Metal Roofs Leak And Stain My House
A quality metal roof will not leak or stain your home. Quality installation is a must! The installer should also apply a protective coating to prevent future stains from rust or algae growth after installation. (This coating does not need to be reapplied.)
When properly installed onto a well-built structure, with quality underlayment products in place, aluminum may have the longest warranty of any type of roofing…up to 50 years! That’s 3 times as long as asphalt shingles!
Myth: My Insurance Company Won’t Insure A House With A Metal Roof
This is absolutely false. Insurance companies regularly insure homes with metal roofs. As long as the roofer has installed the roof properly, and you maintain it per manufacturer’s recommendations, there is no reason for your insurance company to raise your rates or deny your coverage.
Myth: Metal Roofs Are Difficult To Repair
New materials have been developed that make repairs much easier. Coupling products like Flex Seal™ make sealing leaks quick and easy without toxic fumes and expensive solvents! Metal roofs can be repaired while keeping the structure intact, and color matched paint makes restoration seamless!
Asphalt shingles get dented when hail hits them and often need replacing after storms…not so with quality metal roofs, which do not need to be replaced after hail storms.
A rust-free roof is also very important in the desert southwest. Steel and copper are both naturally resistant to rusting caused by rain or snow…a problem that plagues asphalt shingle roofs during monsoon season!
Metal roofs come with a 50-year warranty, while an asphalt shingle system only comes with a 20-year warranty. (25 if it is coated.) Overall, you get more…longer from a metal roof.
Myth: Metal Roofs Cost Too Much And Are Difficult To Install.
You can buy a new car for the same price as some brands of steel roofing today—and most cars don’t last nearly as long or look nearly as good. Metal roofing is durable and energy-efficient; it pays for itself in the long run. And if you want to do it yourself, aluminum roofs are one of the easiest types of roofing to install!