Metal roofing is on the rise as a popular option for homeowners. Yet some people are still skeptical about the performance, appearance and safety of metal roofs. This is due to a number of widespread misconceptions about metal roofing. As your trusted roofing contractors, we are determined to separate myth from reality. Read on to learn the truth behind four common metal roofing myths:
Myth #1: Metal Roofs Cause Ice Dams
Metal roofs are no more likely than any other roofing type to cause ice dams. The key to preventing ice dams is having adequate insulation and ventilation in your attic. Ice dams are caused by heat escaping through the roof deck, regardless of material. This raises the roof temperature to just above freezing, which melts the ice, which refreezes in the form of an ice dam as it reaches the eaves.
Myth 2: Metal Roofs Increase Heating Bills
No matter what type of residential roofing material you have, the fact is that the outer roofing layer doesn’t protect your home against the cold. The key to a warm and cozy home is proper insulation in the attic, exterior walls, door sashes and window frames. Metal roofs can, however, help lower your energy bills during summer by reflecting heat away from your home.
Myth 3: Metal Roofs Are Loud
This misconception likely stems from corrugated metal roofs typically found in barns and sheds, which are noisy when it rains. But when installed with a residential roofing system, complete with a roof deck, waterproofing barrier and insulation, metal roofs are actually much quieter than asphalt shingles. Metal roofs also have better impact and puncture resistance than most roofing materials, which means a lower chance of developing leaks if your metal roof gets hit by hailstones or airborne debris.
Myth 4: Metal Roofs Attract Lightning
Lightning strikes the tallest grounded structure in any given area, whether or not it’s made of metal. A metal roof does not make your home anymore vulnerable to lightning than any other roofing material.
Learn more about our residential and commercial roofing options by calling Sprague Construction Roofing today at (406) 200-9080. We serve Cody, WY, Fort Collins, CO, and nearby areas.