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Metal Roofs: 3 Common Myths Exposed

Metal roofing shingles are one of the most beneficial materials the residential roofing industry has to offer. Unfortunately, many homeowners fail to even consider the installation of a metal roof due to common myths that surround these roofing materials. Today, those myths will be exposed and the truth will be revealed so that you can make an informed decision regarding the installation of a metal roof on your home.

Myth: A Metal Roof Will Make Your House Hot During The Summer

Perhaps the most common myth regarding metal roofs is that they will attract heat to your home on a hot summer day. While it is true that metal typically conducts heat, the unique construction of metal roofing shingles allows these materials to actually reflect heat rather than absorb it.

What this means for you is that your metal roof will actually prevent outdoor heat from being transferred into your home. In fact, homes with metal roofs typically remain several degrees cooler during the summer months than those which make use of asphalt shingles.

If you live in a cold weather climate, you should know that the heat reflecting ability of metal roofing shingles can benefit you too. This is because just as these shingles reflect outdoor heat away from your home, they will also reflect the heat produced by your central heating system back into your home rather than allowing it to escape through your roof.

Myth: Metal Roofs Are Extremely Heavy

There was a point in time when metal roofing shingles weighed significantly more than most of the other roofing materials on the market. In fact, the use of metal shingles used to require the installation of structural supports in order to accommodate the weight of these materials. However, these days are long gone.

Nowadays, metal roofing shingles are among the lightest materials the roofing industry has to offer. In fact, these shingles weigh approximately 1/5 the weight of standard asphalt shingles. When installed over an existing asphalt roof, metal singles will only add about 10% to the weight of the existing roof.

Myth: Metal Roofs Are Noisy

While it is true that old tin roofs are incredibly noisy, this is not true of the metal shingles used for residential applications. In fact, a metal shingle roof will create no more noise than an asphalt roof. This is because a standard metal roof will be installed using a wood substrate and roofing felt as a vapor barrier beneath the metal shingles. In addition to protecting your home from moisture damage as the result of condensation, this substrate will all but eliminate the sound of rain on your metal roof.

To learn more, contact a company like L. M. Martin Inc. with any questions you have.


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