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Metal Roofing Myths – Costs – Metal Roof vs. Shingles

Not too long ago, back in the early 2000s, if you were to tell me anything at all about any sort of metal roofing, I would have thought that “surely you must be joking!”. 😉 In fact, I’d most likely, immediately form a mental image of an old and rusty metal roof such as the ones you can still see on some old barns and factory buildings. But today, that’s no longer the case for me. I invite you to hop in for a ride as I bust some popular metal roofing myths to set the record straight! 😉

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After having been involved with metal roofing as an installer and later as an in-house sales consultant advising homeowners on various types of energy efficient exterior remodeling options including aluminum shingles, steel shingles, and standing seam metal roofing for well over a decade, I have developed a true appreciation for this truly remarkable roofing option, and I would like to share some of the counter-intuitive insights I’ve learned with you! I would also like to dispel and debunk some of the common and persistent myths associated with viability of metal as a roofing alternative for residential and commercial installations.

What you will learn:

Top 5 metal roofing myths debunked to help educate homeowners considering the installation of a new metal roof. Plus a Bonus Myth and lots of great info that will help you whether you are homeowner, a contractor/builder, or a home inspector.

After reading our myth-busting guide, you will gain a better understanding and appreciation for metal as a premium roofing material of choice sought after by many home and building owners who want an energy efficient, long-lasting, and reliable roof.

Myth 1: A metal roof has a higher chance/risk of attracting a lightning strike.

Reality; No, having a metal roof does not increase the chances of your home getting struck by a lightning, but if your house does get hit by a lightning, a metal roof will simply dissipate the electric charge, because it will act as a Faraday cage. And since metal is a non-combustible material, your roof will not catch fire. – This can further be a great benefit to those who happen to live in dry and heavily-wooded areas that are at a high risk of forest fire.

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Advantages of Modern Metal Roofs for Residencies

Why should you even consider metal in the first place?

By far, one of the major problems with asphalt/composition roofing shingles is that asphalt is a petroleum based product, which means that it is inherently ecologically and environmentally unfriendly choice. There is no easy and effective way to dispose off all the asphalt shingle roofs that require replacement other than to tear off the old shingles, and send it into the landfill where it will be buried in the ground and left there to decompose for many decades to come.

Petroleum based Products should be Eliminated as much as possible, not recycled.

One does not need to be a hardcore environmentalist to see how detrimental composition shingles roof products are to the nature and the environment. So, the big question comes up, what is an environmentally friendly and practical roofing alternative to an asphalt shingle roof? The answer is simple, for the last few years metal roofing has been gaining market share and popularity as a green roofing material of choice.

Metal roofing can last much longer than an asphalt shingle roof, which only averages 10 to 20 years of service life. Metal roofing on the other hand, can last well over 35 years when properly installed. The key to a long lasting metal roof is strict adherence to metal roofing manufacturers installation guidelines.


Metal Roofing Installation Video

Installing metal roofing correctly involves preparation of the roof deck, proper application of roofing underlayment, and a correct installation of a steel, aluminum, or copper roofing system. Whether or not you hire a professional installer, or choose to go do it yourself way, be sure to follow all the installation instructions thoroughly. This way your new metal roof will actually perform as it should, last for many decades, while providing energy savings, maintenance free roof protection, and durable and long lasting beauty.

Here are a few reasons to consider metal roofing for your home:

Metal roofing is reliable and long lasting green building material, which means that you can earn green building credits for the installation of the energy efficient metal roof that is rated by Cool-Roof council and by Energy Star for its solar reflective properties.

A metal roof can help lower your homeowner’s insurance by as much as 35%. Metal roofs are fire retardant, which means they do not support fire, which can be a significant factor if you live in a heavily wooded area. Metal roofs can withstand powerful storms and category four hurricane winds. This may be very helpful if you live in a hurricane prone area.

Metal roofs provide excellent protection in the cold climates. Coated with specialty coatings, metal roofs shed snow and ice, which may help you prevent ice dams from forming on your roof.

As far as aesthetics go, modern metal roofs may add a unique touch of modern architecture to your home. You can choose from than traditional metal shingles and shakes profiles available in beautiful metal roofing colors, to the vertically oriented lines of standing-seam metal roofing panels that can easily be enhanced with roof integrated solar roofing panels. This combination will make your house not only energy efficient, but also capable of generating electricity from the sun.

Do not let the initially higher cost of metal to deter you from choosing this energy efficient, durable, and long lasting roof option for your home. Remember that metal roofing will help you lower your cooling costs, appraise the value of your property, and provide many years of reliable and worry free service to you.

What do Hybrid Cars and Metal Roofing have in common?

Is there ever any sort of healthy co-existence between making money and preserving our environment? It is true that everybody always cares about money, but it does not mean that the environment has to suffer. Oftentimes, unfortunately it seems to be the case, but it does not have to be that way. One is not mutually exclusive of the other.

My point of contention is that we can combine the economic prosperity with the betterment of our environment. – This is where some real green living awareness on an individual level can make a difference.

Allow me to illustrate my point with two examples that are very concurrent and relevant to understanding the current state of affairs in the U.S and learning from the mistakes of the not so distant past.

Death of the electric vehicle or GM kills the electric vehicle… Why?

Whose fault was it that GM was to0 busy worrying about the price of its stock, and making money by producing fuel hungry cars and SUVs, and suing the state of California, while Toyota and Honda were developing energy efficient hybrids vehicles.

And what happened when the electric vehicle program, although expensive at the time proved to be a success? What did GM do? They decided to kill the electric vehicle program altogether, although there were many people willing to buy those electric cars in the state of California. That was wrong on the part of GM, and displays a clear lock of corporate social responsibility. Not to mention, their greed and obsession with price of the stock is responsible for the current state of affairs of auto-making industry in the U.S today. I am not even going to mention their current stock situation, and the governmental bailouts that we are paying for?


So was it excessive corporate greed, lack of foresight, or a little bit of both?

Now GM is losing all the money because of its greed and lack of foresight, in the past. Toyota and Honda on the other hand, are ripping the benefits for investing and building the hybrid vehicles. Toyota and Honda are making money, but also helping the environment by propagating the idea of clean air, ultra low emissions, reduced carbon footprint, low fuel consumption and energy efficiency. It is a win win example of money working to better the environment.

Connection between Crude oil, Environment and, Surprisingly, Roofs over our heads

It is not just about ultra low emission cars. In fact, it is about something as mundane as residential building materials that go into the houses we live in. For instance, asphalt shingle roofs are petroleum based products that are heavily marketed by money hungry asphalt shingle roofing manufacturers. Asphalt shingle roof averages a lifespan of only 17 years, then comes the inevitable demise when it gets torn off and dumped into our landfills.

So what is the alternative you may ask, or is there any alternative? Yes there is, and it has been here all along!

Using the types of roofing materials that are environmentally friendly. Tamko, a heavy weight asphalt shingles roofing manufacturer, has made a switch by buying out Metal Works, a specialty manufacturer of steel shingles roofing, which is an energy efficient and environmentally safe building material. Metal roofing is fully recyclable, and lasts three times as long as asphalt shingle roofs.

Certainteed roofing, another heavy weight of the roofing industry, on the other hand keeps pushing its line of asphalt shingle roofing products despite the fact that they are bad for the environment. And who is there to rebuke them? Who is doing public education and spreading sustainable building awareness?

The U.S green building council is a not-profit body committed to sustainable building design and green construction practices, but how come their scope of influence is limited to mostly commercial construction? Why do we not hear more about it? What about EPA, and Energy Star? Why aren’t they doing public education campaigns to influence the corporate giants? Somebody has to do it. A lot of it is about awareness, and PR pressures, so spread the awareness and understanding, really. Can you do your part? Sure can, do not buy asphalt shingle roofs, nor fuel hungry SUVs. Think green and act upon it!  Somebody’s quote comes to mind here… Yes we can! …. So can we really?

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