Metal roofs have increased in popularity among homeowners, but many myths still surround this roofing option. If you’re considering getting a metal roof, these myths may have caused some doubts.
At Lifetime Roofing, we want to clear any doubts about getting a metal roof for your home. In this blog, we’ll discuss the most common myths about metal roofs to help you decide if it is a good option for your home.
1. They Affect Your Phone Reception & WiFi
When thinking about spaces covered in metal roofs, you may think this means your phone reception will be impacted. However, if you have ever made a phone call in a large warehouse store, you’ve had phone reception under a metal roof.
You may also worry that this will impact your internet service. If you receive your internet service through your cable provider, the signal is brought into your home through your cable lines and cast out through your modem or router.
If you don’t have a metal roof and are experiencing poor phone reception and internet access, a metal roof may worsen this problem. If this is a problem you’ve experienced, you should speak to your service providers about boosting coverage before getting a metal roof.
2. They Are Noisy
Whether we realize it or not, a lot hits the roof of our homes. Sometimes it is pinecones or acorns from the trees surrounding your house or rain, hail, or snow from a storm. Regardless of what is hitting it, there is a myth that metal roofs are noisier than shingle roofs. However, metal roofs are just as good at muffling sound as their alternatives.
Metal roofs are installed on top of underlayment and wood decking. In addition to the wood decking, your attic insulation creates a barrier. If you’re worried about noise, you can invest in additional insulation in your attic. With this many layers between you and your metal roof, there isn’t a chance of you hearing anything hit your roof any more often than you already do with a shingle roof.
3. They Are Too Expensive
The cost of a new roof will vary based on your service provider. However, the price of a metal roof shouldn’t scare you off from getting one. You have to consider the long-term benefits of getting a metal roof as an investment worth making.
A properly installed metal roof can last much longer than a shingle roof. Additionally, the damage a metal roof may experience isn’t as severe as a shingle roof, meaning you won’t have to pay for repairs. At the end of the day, with installation, maintenance, and repairs, a metal roof will cost as much as a shingle roof throughout its life.
4. They Get Rusty
Because of the reaction between metal and water, there is a myth that metal roofs rust over time. However, depending on your provider, a properly installed, professional metal roof is coated and painted and should have a decades-long lifespan.
All metal surfaces will rust after extended exposure to moisture, but a metal roof is incredibly durable and won’t be severely impacted by occasional precipitation. Your roofer should inform you of the proper procedures to maintain your metal roof for its lifetime, meaning you can avoid a rusty appearance.
5. They Get Dented
With so many things hitting your roof, you may worry that investing in a metal roof means the surface will be dented over time. However, there would have to be substantially heavy materials hitting your home’s roof for it to get dented.
If you’re experiencing a hail storm extreme enough to cause damage to your metal roof, it likely would have caused more extreme damage to a shingle roof, including cracks and holes that would lead to water damage in your home. However, the chance of a hail storm severe enough to dent your metal roof shouldn’t stop you from getting one.
6. They Attract Lightning
There is a misconception that metal roofs attract lightning. However, the truth is that lightning is going to strike whatever it is closest to, regardless of the material it is made of. Lighting often strikes taller structures, including telephone poles, trees, and roofs.
If you’re considering a metal roof for your home, you might like to hear how much safer they are during a lightning storm. The metal disperses the energy from the lightning strike more evenly throughout your home. In addition to this, metal roofs are not combustible. If your metal roof is struck by lightning, you don’t need to worry about a fire, making them a better option for your home during lightning storms.
Getting A Metal Roof With Lifetime Roofing
If you’re interested in investing in a metal roof, our team at Lifetime Roofing can provide you with a beautiful, high-quality roof for your home. We’re dedicated to providing reliable roofs to homeowners across the Wasatch Front. If you are interested in upgrading your Utah home with a metal roof, contact us today.