3 Persistent Metal Roofing Myths and the Truth Behind Each

By Stacy Mellete

Metal roofing systems are a popular alternative to asphalt shingles in roof replacement projects. With maintenance, they remain durable throughout their life span, making them a reasonable option for both traditional and modern homes.

Despite this, the roofing material has a few, persistent myths. Affordable Roofing Systems, your local roofing company, lists three of them here and the truth behind each.

1. Metal roofs are loud.

One of the many misconceptions about metal roofing is that they are loud, especially when there’s a heavy downpour and the raindrops hit the metal surface repeatedly. Residential metal roofs, however, are not installed on open rafters but are fastened to the deck. They are also installed over old asphalt shingles. Either way, the solid layers underneath the roofing material helps reduce the sound of rain or hail.

2. Metal roofs look unattractive.

Many homeowners still have this notion that metal roofs are only used in industrial and commercial properties and that they won’t look good when installed on top of homes. Thanks to advances in manufacturing, a residential metal roofing contractor can easily offer metal roofing systems that come in different profiles, colors, and textures. You can even find one that mimics the appearance of other roofing materials like wood shake, stone slate and clay tile.

3. Metal roofs attract lightning.

This is one of the most persistent myths about metal roofs. The truth is that they don’t attract lightning and that the material does not influence the risk of it happening.

The topography of the surrounding area, the height and size of the building, and the severity and frequency of storms in a certain location are factors that affect lightning strikes.

At Affordable Roofing Systems, you can count on us to properly install your new metal roofing system on your home. You can also rely on us when it comes to roof repairs and maintenance.

Call us today at (813) 542-8462 or fill out our contact form to request a free estimate. We serve residents of Tampa and Clearwater, FL, as well as the surrounding areas.

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As the most-used roofing type across North America, asphalt strikes a balance between price and durability, with a life expectancy of up to 20. Shingles are available for those who want affordable, genuine slate roofing.


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