Metal Roofing Myths Exposed

There are many myths surrounding the use of metal roofing materials. Unfortunately, far too many homeowners still accept these myths as fact and have therefore chosen to pass on the beneficial option of a metal roof. Below, some of these common myths will be exposed to help ensure that you do not make the same mistake.

Myth: Metal Roofs Will Make Your House Hot During The Summer

It is common knowledge that most metal objects attract heat during the summer. Unfortunately, far too many people have used this knowledge to infer that a metal roof will attract heat to their home during the summer months. However, the truth is, metal roofing shingles actually behave in the exact opposite manner.

Rather than attracting heat from the sun, metal roofing shingles work to reflect this heat. This reflective ability helps to keep excess heat out of your home and ultimately results in lower cooling bills all summer long.

Not only can metal roofing shingles help to keep your home cool during the summer, but they can also help to keep your home warm during the winter. This is because a metal roof will not only reflect the heat of the sun, but the heat from inside your home as well. Consequently, rather than allowing heat to escape through your roof, your shingles will reflect this heat back down into your home.

Myth: Metal Roofs Are Very Heavy And Can Damage The Structure Of Your Home

The very first metal shingles the market had to offer were extremely heavy in comparison to other roofing materials. In order to prevent structural damage, additional supports needed to be installed prior to the installation of a metal roof. However, over the years, technological advancements have allowed manufacturers to create lightweight metal shingles that provide the same benefits as older metal roofs, but without the excess weight. Unfortunately, as time has passed, the old belief that metal roofs are extremely heavy has not changed to reflect the availability of much lighter shingles.

The metal roofing materials that the market now has to offer are not only much lighter than those available in previous years, but they are actually lighter than many of the other roofing materials on the market. For instance, high quality metal shingles will weigh up to half as much as asphalt shingles while still offering superior durability. Consequently, there really is no need to worry about the weight of these shingles causing any damage to your home. (For more information, contact Schwartz & Sons Construction)