The right roof will protect your home against water damage and help to ensure the structural stability of your property. If the time to replace your home's roof has come, you may be feeling overwhelmed with all the roofing materials available on today's market.
Making the choice to invest in a metal roofing system could provide you with the durability and longevity that you are looking for. However, homeowners sometimes avoid metal roofs because they have heard negative remarks about these roofs from others.
Don't let the following misconceptions keep you from missing out on the benefits that a metal roof can provide.
1. Metal Roofs Attract Lightning
If you are worried about the possibility of your metal roof serving as a lightning rod, it's important to understand that a metal roof will not endanger you or your family during a lightning storm.
Lightning typically strikes the tallest object in an area, like a tree or electrical pole. In the event that lightning does hit your home's metal roof, the roofing system will safely disperse the electrical energy without causing significant damage.
2. Metal Roofs Will Corrode
When metal is left exposed to the elements, rust can begin to form. Homeowners are often concerned that the installation of a metal roofing system will result in a corroded roof after repeated rainstorms.
The metal panels used in roofing applications are treated with a zinc or zinc and aluminum coating. This coating helps to make the metal surface virtually rust-proof. You won't have to worry about your metal roof corroding. In fact, many metal roofing systems outlast their counterparts made from asphalt shingles or clay tiles.
3. Metal Roofs Are Noisy
The thought of hearing every raindrop during a storm is enough to scare many homeowners away from metal roofing systems. Before you rule out a metal roof on the basis of noise alone, it's important to recognize that installation methods help to keep metal roofs quiet.
A metal roofing system is installed with solid sheathing that helps to absorb any noise. Additional layers of insulation and airspace between your roof and attic will also help muffle sound. Metal roofing systems are no louder than roofing systems made from other materials.
4. Metal Roofs Are Expensive
When it comes to replacing your home's roof, you want to keep costs as low as possible. You may not consider a metal roof because you think this roofing system will cost too much, but that couldn't be further from the truth.
Although the initial cost of installing a metal roof can be higher than other roofing materials, a metal roof will provide you with significant cost savings over time. Homeowners can experience up to a 40 percent reduction in energy costs, up to 30 percent savings on monthly insurance premiums, and a recovery value of 95 percent when selling the home.
Metal roofing systems also last up to four times longer than asphalt roofs, making the life cycle costs of a metal roof extremely low.
5. Metal Roofs Look Industrial
Metal roofing is popular in commercial areas, and you may be worried that your home will look too industrial if you install a metal roofing system. Advancements in the roofing industry have resulted in a wide variety of metal roofing products.
A professional can install traditional metal sheeting, but you also have access to textured metal roofing that can be installed in segments that will mirror the look of roofing materials like asphalt shingles, clay tile, or slate. This diversity allows you to preserve your home's curb appeal while taking advantage of the benefits a metal roof can provide.
Contact Exterior Home Solutions, LLC., for additional information on the many ways a metal roofing system can improve your home.