December 7, 2022

5 Misconceptions about Metal Roofing

You’re likely trying to determine which type of roofing to use to replace your roof. You’ve probably seen metal roofing mentioned quite a few times. You might be skeptical, just like many others.

Many myths can make you think metal roofing isn’t an option. This material can be of great value. Below, we dispel the myths surrounding top metal roofing and provide more information about its exceptional benefits.

Myth #1: Metal Roofs Aren’t Durable

Metal roofing’s smooth profile and thin finish can be deceiving. Many people mistakenly believe that metal roofs are less durable than shingle-based ones, and can’t withstand the effects of inclement weather. Residents in stormy Florida should be concerned about this as it affects how resilient our roofs are to rain, hail and hurricanes.

This myth is false, but the truth is out there. Metal roofing is extremely strong and can withstand powerful winds and pounding snow. A corrugated version of metal roofing can increase its strength and conceal any damage caused by hailstones. Contrary to popular belief, most metal roofing today is rust-proof. This means it can withstand Florida’s humid climates.

Myth #2: Metal Roofing Attracts Lightning

Metal conducts electricity. It seems obvious that a metal roof could put your home at greater risk of lightning strikes.

Surprisingly this is not true. A metal roof is not more likely to be struck with lightning and can provide greater protection in the event it is. Conductivity in metal can be a blessing in this regard, as it distributes the electricity evenly throughout the roof. Traditional roofs would have all the electricity concentrated on one central point, increasing the risk of damage. Metal roofing is non-combustible, which provides protection against fire ignition caused by lightning strikes.

A metal roof may be the best option if lightning strikes during Florida’s stormy weather.

Myth #3: Metal Roofing Increases Cooling Costs

A second concern is the tendency of metal to heat up, which can make your home a magnet for the sun’s ultraviolet rays. This could lead to your home becoming too hot during the Florida heat, which will increase your need for air conditioning. This assumption makes Shingles appear more efficient and energy-efficient than other options.

This myth is a reminder that the reverse is true. Unexpectedly, shingles are more apt to absorb heat than metal. Metal reflects the sun away from your home. This property is known as “high-emissivity”. It makes metal feel hot after being exposed to heat. Instead of absorbing the warmth and keeping it at its core it radiates it upwards and outward. Your attic will stay cooler with shingles because it reflects heat, which reduces your cooling requirements. It’s why metal roofs are so common in today’s most efficient homes.

This post was written by Ted Williams! Ted is the owner of A Old Time Roofing, one of the best roofing companies in Saint Petersburg, FL! Ted is a Master Elite Weather Stopper GAF Roofing Contractor, a double award winner of Best Steep-Slope Contractor from GAF and achiever of Master Elite Consumer Protection Excellence from GAF. He has been serving the Pinellas County area since 1978. Old Time Roofing has a tradition of quality workmanship, servicing residential and commercial properties.