Mythbusting Common Metal Roof Beliefs

The use of metal roofing systems have spread from industrial facilities to residential construction. Metal’s popularity is thanks in large part to its strength and durability. Today, you can find metal roofing shingles that have the same appeal as the best-looking asphalt and slate shingles and outperform concrete tiles and wood shakes in terms of performance, efficiency and lifespan.

 

The growing demand for metal roof installations have, unfortunately, also resulted in certain myths and misconceptions. 

Metal Roofs Are Prone to Lightning

This is perhaps the most widespread misconception many people (and some roofing contractors) have about metal roofs. First, it is completely false. A metal roof is no more vulnerable to lightning than any other object within its vicinity. In fact, it’s even safer to be under a metal roof during a thunderstorm, thanks to a phenomenon known as Faraday shielding.

Metal Roofs Are Hotter

For places with sub-zero winters, this might sound like a good idea. The myth is based on the fact that metals conduct heat better than any other roofing material. However, it’s important to note that it doesn’t transfer this heat to your home. The truth is, metal roofs have been proven to be more energy-efficient than asphalt shingles and are suitable choices for any type of climate.

Metal Roofs Are Loud

Modern metal roofing systems are very different from the usual galvanized sheets used in the past. Metal shingles are installed over a layer of solid sheathing that keeps them quieter than regular shingles. Additionally, these metal shingles are coated with a protective layer that prevents them from clanging against each other.

Get high-quality metal roofing products as well as top-notch installation from our roof specialists at Garlock-French Corporation. Call us at 612-722-7129, or fill out our contact form to schedule gutter cleaning services or request a free estimate on a metal roof replacement today. We serve homeowners in Minneapolis and St. Paul, MN, as well as all nearby areas.