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Jul 12, 2016

6 Debunked Myths About Metal Roofs

You either need to replace your current roof or you need to build a roof on a new house. You’ve looked at different roofing materials to see which suits your needs best, but you have misgivings about a couple of the options—such as metal.

Metal roofs last longer and resist the elements better than most other roofing options. However, you worry that metal will give you more trouble than it’s worth. What if rain and hail sound too loud on it? Or what if it rusts and corrodes?

Many of these problems won’t occur at all. People just worry about them because of myths and rumors that float around about metal roofs. To learn the truth about these myths, read the facts below.

Myth 1: Metal Roofs Rust and Corrode Easily, Leading to High Maintenance Costs

This myth may have been fact in the last century, but thanks to modern technology, homeowners don’t have to worry about it anymore. Most metal roofs have galvanized coatings or other protective measures that prevent them from coming into contact with moisture. These coatings prevent rust and corrosion so that your metal roof lasts longer than almost any other roofing material.

Myth 2: Metal Roofs Attract Lightning to Your Property, Creating a Safety Risk

Despite what you may think, lightning does not go to the highest metal spot in the area. Instead, it goes to the highest point, metal or not. If your home’s roof does not represent the highest point in the neighborhood, then you don’t have to worry that lightning will strike it. Your home will stay just as lightning-proof with a metal roof as it would with any other material.

Myth 3: Metal Roofs Sound Hollow and Loud When Precipitation Falls

Barns, cabins, and older homes with metal roofs may experience the echoing percussion of rainfall or hail, but you won’t have to deal with the increased noise in a new home. New homes come with carefully constructed roof decks that block any noise on your roof from resounding in the rest of the house. Insulation will further quiet the noise so you don’t hear it at all.

Myth 4: Metal Roofs Weigh Too Much for Your Home to Handle

Most metal roofs can actually weigh less than other materials, depending on the type of metal you choose. If you choose aluminum, you’ll have a lightweight roof. You don’t have to worry about aluminum’s sturdiness either. Modern techniques have made aluminum one of the most dependable choices for your roof.

Myth 5: Metal Roofs Make Your Home Hot and Drive Up Energy Costs

With a metal roof, you won’t have to worry about excess heat transfer. Metal roofs actually reflect light and heat away from your home. Also, they don’t insulate your home any better or worse than other roofing materials. The air and insulation in your attic provide that insulating power, as does the insulation between your attic and your top floor.

Myth 6: Metal Roofs Dent Easily When Objects Fall on Them, Leading to Unsightly Damage

No matter what roofing material you have, any large falling object will create damage. Metal roofs sustain damage less readily than most other options, even if you experience frequent hailstorms. Only particularly large hailstones will have any effect. And if you still worry about noticeable damage, a textured metal roof can help disguise it.


Now that you know what’s fact and what’s fiction when it comes to metal roofs, you can make your purchase with confidence. If you have any further questions about metal roofing, don’t hesitate to get in touch with your local contractor.

Thank You for a nice job on our roof! We appreciate the way you take care of us!

~ Larry M. - Omaha, NE.