North Dakota firefighter Katie Peavy loves her new metal roof. She shares her story (and pictures of her new roof) below:
“I put a metal roof on my house last fall. I will never go with anything else in any other house I build or remodel. Last summer I had to run window air conditioners most days to keep my house cool. This summer, even though the summer was hotter than last summer, I never even installed them. My house actually stays a comfortable temperature and feels much better insulated.”
Quiet, Durable, Beautiful
“I was kind of disappointed that it is actually very quiet during rain storms even though we removed all the layers of asphalt before installing the underlayment and metal.
We get severe storms here and lightning has struck extremely close by, but never my house. And as a firefighter, I wish every home had a metal roof to lessen the changes of conflagration should another structure in the area happen to catch fire.
And it looks amazing!! I went with a copper color on my house and it is so pretty I can’t stop staring at it!”
As metal roofing grows in popularity for use on homes, many people have questions about how it performs. There are also many common misconceptions, or metal roofing myths. The Metal Roofing Alliance, a nonprofit educational organization, answers many of these questions below.
Lightning: Does installing a metal roof make your home more prone to lightning strikes? No.
Lightning occurs from the highest object in an area, regardless of the material from which it is made. Metal roofing does not create nor attract lightning and poses no additional lightning risk to the structures it protects.
For an in-depth review of the topic, check out this PDF from the Metal Construction Association.
Hail: How does a metal roof stand up to hail?
Quality metal roofs are naturally very tough and highly resistant to hail damage. Hail will not penetrate a metal roof. In fact, many metal roofing products have the highest impact resistance and hail rating granted by Underwriters’ Laboratory (UL), a leading product safety testing and certification organization.
The majority of metal roofing earns a UL2218 Class 4 rating, meaning that a sample of the product did not crack when hit twice in the same spot by a 2-inch steel ball, which, in a storm, would translate into a huge hailstone.
As a result of metal roofing’s superior performance in hail prone areas, some insurance companies even provide a reduced rate for homes protected by metal roofs.
Noise: Is a metal roof loud during the rain? No.
The concern about the noise of hard rain on a metal roof is usually related to memories of rain on barns or patio awnings, when there’s nothing between the person and the roof but air.
Modern metal roofs designed for use on homes are part of an overall roofing system. They are installed with underlayments and in the case of re-roofing, a metal roof is often added on top of several layers of asphalt shingles. These multiple layers, plus the roof decking, insulation and attic space dampen the sound, making a metal roof no louder than any other modern roof.
In fact, metal roofing owners often report they hear more noise from a skylight than the roof. Our members also tell us that some homeowners are disappointed at how quiet their roof is, wishing for the “white noise” of rain on the roof. Luckily, there are apps that can provide the sound if you like it.
Heat : Won’t a metal roof retain heat, creating higher energy bills? In fact, NO, the opposite is true.
New technologies allow even darker colored metal roofs to absorb less heat through the use of highly reflective pigments that reflect solar energy. Most homeowners who install metal roofs will see a reduction in their energy use.
For example, a study conducted by Oak Ridge National Laboratory found that installation of a reflective metal roof can save homeowners up to forty percent in summer cooling costs. Highly reflective metal roofing panels are created with special pigment paints that reflect the sun’s’ energy in the infrared spectrum thus reducing the heat load transferred to the interior of the structure.
For more details, check out this report from the Cool Metal Roofing Coalition.
Rust: Do residential metal roofs rust? No.
Driving along a country road, you may have seen rusty metal roofs that my cause you to pause when considering a metal roof. It’s important to remember that the type of roofs placed on barns are far different than today’s quality metal roofs that are designed for use on homes.
All modern steel roofing has a protective barrier on both sides of the sheet called a metallic coating which protects against rusting. This is underneath and separate from any paint which imparts color to the product. There are two types of metallic coatings used Galvanized and Galvalume. Check out this page for more detailed information about coatings on metal roofs.
It’s critical to check with your contractor to be sure that the metal roof you install on your home is rated for and meets MCA industry standards for use in residential applications. To find a contractor in your area who installs quality metal roofing, check out the free Find A Contractor tool on our website.
Talk of solar roofing is hot right now, as expected when Tesla joins the conversation. But the typical homeowner looking to replace a leaky roof now or upgrade before the leaks begin, can’t wait for — or likely afford — the Tesla option. The nonprofit Metal Roofing Alliance explains that homeowners have options for energy efficient solar panel roofing systems that are available now.
In fact, the metal roofing industry has had the ability to incorporate solar panel products for years. The technology behind metal roofs as a base for generating energy savings is tried and true, and there’s no need to be on a waiting list to install it.
Here’s what homeowners should know about solar energy systems and roofing before they make a roofing change:
Invest in a roof first, not solar. If a roof needs to be repaired or replaced within 10 years, the solar system will have to be disconnected, removed, the roof replaced, then solar rebuilt and reconnected, adding to the product cost.
Metal makes a great base. Solar energy systems can be installed on metal roofs with simple attachment and clip solutions that do not put holes in the roof or add ballast, reducing potential leaks. Metal roofs will easily outlast the solar panels, making replacement easy.
Solar panels can be heavy. Installing solar on an asphalt roof involves either penetration or adding weight for a self-ballasted system. Both increase the possibility of roofing failures. Thin-film solar panels are now available to literally peel and stick to many metal roofing systems.
Metal is environmentally friendly. The metal roof, as well as the solar panels themselves, use various types of solar-to-electricity conversion and have been on the market for a number of years. All metal roofs are made of at least 25 percent recycled materials and are 100 percent recyclable.
“Nothing has greater potential to increase a home’s energy efficiency than the roof,” explains Renee Ramey, Executive Director of the nonprofit Metal Roofing Alliance. “The roof can both reduce energy costs AND produce energy through the use of solar panels.”
Today’s residential metal roofing are made to look like common roofing material – such as asphalt shingles, cedar shake, clay tile or slate roofing – only stronger and more durable. No matter the style, solar panel systems can be incorporated either at the time of the metal roof installation or later. Given their inherent strength, most homeowners who choose a metal roof will never have to worry about re-roofing again.
Your roof protects your home from everything Mother Nature can throw at it. High winds, heavy rain, snow and hail can put a lot of stress on your roof. Best to be sure your roof is up to the task.
Ever wonder how would your roof would react to having a large branch fall onto it?
John Miller found out just how sturdy his Drexel Metals Roof is when that exact thing happened. Check out this photo taken by his contractor — the branch dented the metal roof panel, but did NOT penetrate through it. So no water damage from the storm.
Now, that’s a statement about the strength and durability of a metal roof! A quality metal roof is the key to long term protection for your home and family.
Want to find out how your home could look with a durable metal roof? Check out the many styles on our website. You can also upload a photo and “try on” various colors and styles with our free “My New Metal Roof” tool.
Ready to install a high quality metal roof? You can also Find a Contractor in your area using our free service.
Spring’s the perfect time to perform a roof checkup. Mike Holmes has a great new article with everything you should consider.
Spoiler alert: Mike loves metal roofs! Here’s a quote from the article: “A metal roof is my favourite kind of roof. Why? It’s efficient and it’s built to last. A metal roof will last you 50 years and stands up against high winds, and extreme weather like hail as well as resist mildew, rot, insects, and even fire. They’re made from recyclable materials and that means we see less garbage in our landfills. Metal is a smart investment that will increase the value of your home and keep your roof in good shape for decades.”
Read the whole article here.
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