Davis Roofing: Article About Common Misconceptions About Metal Roofs
While there are a number of roofing options available for homeowners, some may overlook metal roofing as an option due to a number of misconceptions that are often held. However, many of these misconceptions simply are not true. A Davis roofing contractor may discuss the true advantages of installing a metal roof with homeowners if they are uncertain about their options.
One of the biggest reasons that many homeowners do not consider metal roofs is because they believe that they are noisy. Unless the roof is designed to be noisy, the underlayment and sheathing actually keep the metal from vibrating. In fact, many metal roofs actually produce less noise than traditional asphalt shingles.
When homeowners are looking at options when having a new roof installed, some glance over metal roofs because they believe that they are too heavy. While it is true that vintage metal shingles were heavier than asphalt shingles, modern roofing materials weigh far less. Depending on the roof structure, the metal shingles may weigh about 10 percent of what a traditional asphalt shingle roof weighs.
Some homeowners believe that metal roofs trap heat during the summer, making the living space warmer than it would be if the home had an asphalt roof. However, this is not the case.
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The metal coating is designed to reflect sunlight, meaning that less heat is being absorbed by the roof. Some homeowners who have installed metal roofs actually save approximately 30 to 40 percent on their cooling bills during the summer.
Vehicles and other objects that are comprised of metal tend to be susceptible to rust and damage from hail or other weather as time passes. For many homeowners, it makes sense that metal roofs would also be susceptible. However, this is not the case; modern metal roofs are designed to protect against degradation. Most metal roofs are coated with aluminum or zinc, both of which resist rust. Further, the metal is designed to withstand severe weather, including hail and high winds.
Finally, some homeowners believe that a metal roofing system is too expensive to install. While it is true that metal roofs can cost twice as much as traditional asphalt shingle roofs, metal roofs can potentially last more than twice as long. Because the metal absorbs less sunlight during the summer, cooling costs are also often lower for homes that have metal roofs installed. Ultimately, homeowners who opt for a metal roof will save more than those who spend less upfront on asphalt roofs.