Many home improvement projects are important and can significantly improve the quality, comfort and durability of your home. Arguably, however, a new roof is one of the biggest home improvement projects you can undertake, yet the benefits of a new roof undoubtedly outweigh the enormity of the project. Yes, a new roof takes time and can be costly, but it is one of the best improvements you can make to your home. However, choosing a new roof is no easy task. There are so many variables! From material to style, and color to investment, there are a range of factors to consider. Material is perhaps one of the most important factors to consider when installing a new roof, and there are many materials available which offer a range of benefits like ENERGY STAR ratings, aesthetic appeal, cost, life span and more. To help you make the right decision for your budget and lifestyle we have published this article, we are answering the six most common questions we get about one of those materials – metal roofing.
Is a metal roof worth the investment?
It is true that metal roofing is one of the more expensive roofing materials on the market, but the future financial benefits often outweigh the initial upfront cost. This is because metal roofing provides high thermal/solar reflectance and incredible durability, lasting on average nearly twice as long as wood or asphalt roofs. Not to mention with metal roofing you can get the architectural style you want and the knowledge that it is also environmentally friendly.
Will a metal roof attract lightning more than other roofing materials?
Contrary to popular belief, a home with a metal roof is no more likely to be hit by lightning than a home with an asphalt roof. This is because lightning is actually attracted to the highest point of a home, and not necessarily the metal roofing material itself. In fact, metal roofing can actually act as a barrier against the electricity by discharging it evenly throughout the roof to prevent damage. Furthermore, due to the fact it can dissipate the electrical charge of lighting, it may actually help prevent a fire to your home caused by a potential lightning strike.
Do metal roofs easily scratch and dent?
Another common concern for homeowners is that a metal roof will easily dent or scratch. The reality is, today’s metal roofs are designed and warrantied to resist wind gusts of up to 120 miles per hour. In particular, Decra Metal Roofing is significantly more durable than most other roofing materials and is resistant to bad weather and wind lift. Furthermore, it is warrantied for impact resistance during heavy rain and hailstorms. Not to mention metal roofs generally significantly outperform asphalt shingle roofing in terms of durability and weather resistance.
How long do metal roofs last?
Another benefit to metal roofs is due to its high thermal/solar reflectance and durability, it actually lasts on average nearly twice as long as wood or asphalt roofing materials. Also, many metal roofing companies offer warranties for up to 50 years, whereas a standard asphalt roof usually comes with a warranty of just 15 years.
Are metal roofs fire, rot and insect-proof?
Yes! Metal roofs are resistant to fire, rot and insects. In fact metal roofing has exploded in popularity recently because it is virtually fireproof. Furthermore, metals roofs are not susceptible to termites or rot. Insects can never eat metal roofing (it is impossible), while metal roofing is also impervious to rot and mildew.
Are metal roofs noisy?
One of the biggest misconceptions about metal roofing is that they are noisy, especially when rain hits it. However, the truth is metal roofing material is no noisier than an asphalt or tile roof. Metal roofing is installed over a solid substrate, and this installation material, along with the homes attic and insulation, create enough of a sound barrier to dampen any outside noise.