Metal roofs are becoming more and more of a conversation piece. What comes along with this? Many myths, but also facts. Here are some common metal roof myths — and the facts to dispel them.
Myth: Metal roofs will prevent ice dams
False. The root cause of ice dams is improper attic ventilation and inadequate attic insulation. If your attic space doesn’t have enough insulation and ventilation, ice dams can still form on a Minneapolis metal roof.
Ice dams result from a problem that could exist for any attic space and roof. Heat still rises, and with lack of insulation and ventilation, the snow on the roof melts, runs down and re-freezes at the eaves — even if it is a metal roof.
Along with energy savings, metal roofs often come with warranties of up to 50 years and can last over a century.
Myth: Metal roofs lower heating bills
This is not necessarily true. If your home has inadequate insulation, air leaks and windows that are not energy efficient, installing a metal roof will not likely lower your heating bills. It is important to remember there are many factors that contribute to your home’s overall energy usage.
Myth: Metal roofs offer no resale value
How much does a metal roof cost?
Angie’s List members nationally report an average price of $12,236. The Metal Roofing Alliance lists a national average price of about $16,500.
This is not true! Metal roofs are actually highly valued. Homes renovated with standing-seam metal roofing recoup on average 85.9-percent of costs nationally and up to 95.5% for homes in the Eastern states, according to Remodeling Magazine. These gains in resale value amount to 1- and 6-percent, respectively, over homes roofed with asphalt shingles.
Myth: Metal roofs are loud
False. Typically, metal roofs are even quieter than an asphalt shingle roof. Metal roofs are usually installed with solid sheathing attached to the underlayment, which helps reduce noise.
Myth: Metal roofs will attract lightning
False. Installing a metal roof does not increase the likelihood of a strike. Remember: Lightning finds the tallest object to strike. And even if it did strike, the energy would be dispersed throughout the structure.
Is a metal roof right for your home? Now that you know the facts, is your opinion on metal roofs different? If you have more questions in regard to metal roofs, do not hesitate to call your local roofing contractor. They are there to help educate you and allow you to make the best, informed decision.