Myths About Metal Roofs

Metal roofs are one of the best roofing options available. Here’s why.
Metal roofs are one of the best roofing options available. Here’s why.

At Four Seasons Roofing we believe that metal roofing is one of the best options available in the Pacific Northwest. Shingles are a popular choice, but don’t quite compare with metal roofs as far as durability, longevity and superior protection of your home. One of your biggest investments is your home, and one of the best ways to protect that investment is with a roof that has proven its durability. Unfortunately, there are a lot of myths and misunderstandings concerning metal roofs, which can cause a person to overlook a metal roof. We want to dispel these myths and put you at ease about deciding to get a metal roof.

Myth #1: Metal Roofs Are Antiquated

When ‘metal roof’ is mentioned, many people immediately picture the corrugated tin roofing that can be seen on barns and other structures. The fact that you get a great deal of value for the money when you choose a metal roof will always be a plus. Most composition roofs will last anywhere from 15-30 years, whereas Metal roofing can last anywhere from 40-70 years if correctly installed.

Myth #2: Your Homes Appearance Is Detracted by a Metal Roof

Many people find the sleek, sharp appearance of a metal roof very attractive. You can generally find an option among the many different styles and textures, that looks incredible and fits the architecture of your home perfectly.  To a future homebuyer, the fact that they won’t have to re-roof the house for a very long time, is most appealing.

Myth #3: Shingles Must Be the Best Since Everyone Uses Them

People generally go for shingles because they are cheap, quick and easy. Besides they are familiar with how shingles look on a home making it easy to picture how their home will look once the roof is done. Also installing shingles requires far less skill and craftmanship than a metal roof so builders and roofers are able to hire cheap workers.

Here are a few ways that shingles are inferior to metal roofing.

  • They have a lower energy efficiency performance, increasing your air conditioning bills.
  • They are vulnerable to damage caused by wind, rain, UV light and other debris landing on the roof.
  • They are not environmentally friendly because they cannot be recycled.
  • They have a shorter lifespan than metal roofs.

Myth #4: I Don’t Know If My Roof Can Support the Weight of a Metal Roof

In fact, one of the lightest weight roofing materials is actually metal. Of the metal choices available aluminum is the most lightweight, weighing in at about 50 pounds per square. Shingles can weigh anything from 200 pounds per square to 500 pounds per square, depending on the grade. If your roof can support the weight of shingles, then supporting the weight of metal will be far easier.

Whether you are looking for a roof for your new home, or your existing roof needs a complete makeover, there are many materials available. Metal roofs can be an excellent choice because of their longevity, minimal maintenance and energy efficiency, no matter what your roof style is. If you would like more information about metal roofing for residential homes in Snohomish, Everett, or Bellevue, give our team of qualified representatives a call to schedule a free quote.