There is an abundance of myths about metal roofing. Even though more Wisconsin homeowners than ever before are choosing metal roofing, my goal is that 100% of homeowners are armed with accurate information so they can make their own informed decision for their home. I don’t want anyone to be prevented from enjoying the beauty and energy-efficiency of a permanent metal roof, purely because they believed one or more of “metal roof myths”.
Over the past 11 years, I’ve sat across from more than 3500 homeowners. I’ve also attended and presented at home shows and other events where I’ve gained firsthand insight into the many questions that surround the topic of metal roofing.
Here are a few common metal roof myths and the truth you need, so that you can make the right decision for your home.
Myth 1: Metal roofs only come in one style.
Nothing could be further from the truth! Over the past 10-15 years, tremendous advances have been made in metal roof profiles, designs, colors, finishes. Now there’s almost no look you can’t achieve with metal roofing. Standing seam is the style most people think of when they hear the term metal roof. But metal roofing is now available in shingle styles in high-, medium- or low-profile to resemble cedar shakes, wood shingles, slate roofing or traditional composition roofing.
Finishes are now tougher than ever before and are available in a rainbow of colors and sheens. You can even choose a steel roof that looks like copper but is far stronger and more durable, and also costs less. Learn more about the range of colors, styles, profiles and finishes available in metal roofing.
Myth 2: Metal roofs are noisy.
Contrary to common belief, metal roofs are no more noisy than traditional asphalt roofs. If you hear the rain now with your asphalt roof, you’ll hear the rain with your metal roof. In all my years installing metal roofs for Wisconsin homeowners, I’ve never once received a complaint about their roof being noisy. Most homeowners notice no difference whatsoever.
Myth 3: Metal roofs are expensive.
Over the life of your home, metal will be the best long-term value you can find versus other roofing materials. While metal roofing can cost up to 2-4 times as much as asphalt shingles initially, metal wins hands down on a cost-per-year basis. When you factor in energy savings, low maintenance and permanence, metal roofs are actually less expensive than asphalt over the life of your home.
Myth 4: Metal roofs are shiny and metallic.
The metal roof finishes and styles of today are a far cry from the shiny corrugated metal of your grandparents’ day. If you prefer a matte finish that looks like traditional asphalt shingles but performs far better, you’ll find it in metal. One thing we always make sure to let homeowners know is that when initially installed, your metal roof will have a sheen to it that lasts a couple of weeks, until the finish settles to a more matte appearance. On the other hand, if what you want is shiny and metallic to look like copper, metal roofing does come in a variety of finishes. You can rest assured that you achieve the look you prefer with metal roofing.
Myth 5: Finding out if a metal roof is for me is complicated.
The truth is that finding out if a metal roof is the right decision for you, as well as getting all your questions answered is FREE, and it’s only a phone call away. Call Swita Metal Roofing or schedule your free estimate today. By the time we get done with the free estimate appointment, you will have in hand a precise estimate of how much a metal roof would cost for your home, as well as recommendations of styles and colors and a timeline of when your project could be completed. Don’t wait. Take the next step to learn if metal roofing is the right decision for you.