4 FAQ About Metal Roofing

4 FAQ About Metal Roofing

If you plan to replace your roof, consider choosing metal roofing. Roofs made from zinc, steel, aluminum, and copper have many advantages for homeowners, but not everyone knows how these roofing options work. The answers to some frequently asked questions will help you decide what’s best for your home. 

A Guide to Metal Roofing

Are metals roofs noisy?

There is a common misconception that metal roofs are noisy when they are struck by rain or hail. This may come from the fact that metal roofs on older barns are quite noisy. However, modern metal roofs are constructed in such a way that they are no louder than other materials. An underlayment is placed between the metal and the substrate that blocks out a lot of noise. Further layers of existing roofing and the attic reduce noise to levels that are less than what you’ll hear from rain hammering against windows.

How long does metal roofing last?

You can expect metal roofing to last much longer than other types of roof materials. Asphalt shingle roofs usually last up to 20 years, whereas a metal roof won’t need to be replaced for 70 years or even longer. Because metal roofing is so durable, you can often get warranties lasting several decades. Many insurance companies offer cheaper policies for homes with metal roofs.

Does the material stand up to all weather?

Many metal roofs can endure wind gusts of up to 150 miles per hour, which is the equivalent of an F2 tornado. They’re highly resistant to rain and hail, and the smooth surface means that snow disappears from the roof quickly. Metal doesn’t attract lightning more than any other roofing material, and if lightning does strike, it will dissipate quickly because metal is a conductor. With other materials, the energy is concentrated in one place and could turn into a fire.

Will a metal roof match my property?

You can choose from many different styles and colors for your metal roof to complement your property’s appearance. Some metal roofs even look like other materials such as cedar shake, slate, or asphalt shingles. It can blend with other roofs in your neighborhood, as well as your property.