Metal roofs are the most optimal type of roofing material for new home builds.
They are also the versatile roofing option for those that are wanting to upgrade or replace their roofing.
There are many misconceptions surrounding metal being used for roofing, as well as many benefits.
Watermaster Roofing’s roof installation team have gathered all the most common questions received, to quash the myths and help you make a truly informed decision when it comes to your latest home renovation or re-roofing project.
Can you put a metal roof over an existing roof?
Instead of dismounting every individual shingle you have on your roof, roofing installers can simply install your new metal roof over your current one.
This is a huge advantage when it comes to the time required (and labour costs involved) of your metal roof installation project.
Is metal roofing noisy?
Some homeowners are under the impression that metal makes rain and hail echo more than shingles or roof tiles.
But because metal roofs are installed over solid underlayment, there is no hollow space for the sound to vibrate inside.
Roofs also have cavity space, insulation, and rafting which adds body to the ceiling layers.
In short, metal roofing is no louder than any other roofing material. Fact!
Does metal roofing attract lightning?
No matter your roofing material, the basic principles of science are that lighting will strike the tallest object within a certain region. That means, due to its sheer size compared to other objects, like your car or even people, roofs are more likely to be struck.
That’s got nothing to do with the material – simply the size and height of your roof.
In fact, metal roofing can provide a strike of lighting with a low-resistance path, which may even lessen the extent of potential damage.
Metal roofs vs. shingles and tiles
So we’ve squashed some of the most persistent myths surrounding metal roofs. But what are the actual benefits of them over other types of roofing materials?
Our talented team has been installing roofs for more than a decade, and we are very passionate about educating our clients on the many benefits of metal roofing, from cost-effectiveness and sustainability to resale value of your home.
Are metal roofs cost effective?
Metal roofs can last up to 50 years, while shingles and tiles last considerably less, around 15-20 years.
This means you’ll probably only need metal roof replacement once in your lifetime even if you live in the same house your entire life.
Additionally, metal roofing is installed in larger sheets, making it a more cost-effective installation process, too. This is in stark contrast to smaller tiles or shingles, which can be time-consuming to install.
Additionally, these smaller roofing materials present more opportunities for cracks and crevices, where water can enter your roof cavity and compromise the structural integrity of your home. Stagnant water can also attract insects like mosquitoes.
Does a metal roof increase a home’s value?
Yes. Not only are metal roofs more cost-effective, but they also increase the value of your home.
This is because metal roofs are better quality and are a more modern, desirable roofing material.
Because they are more durable and long-lasting, they are an attractive feature to a prospective buyer, who may be cautious of an old or damaged roof that needs to be replaced sooner or require more frequent and expensive roof repairs.
As such, it is an additional cost they will need to factor into their purchase.
Do metal roofs provide good insulation?
Non-shingle metal roofs act as better insulators than shingles as there are no vulnerable gaps in their design.
This means your air conditioning and heating will operate more efficiently when sealed with a metal roof.
This means you’ll use less energy, which will save you money on your energy bill and it’s also better for the environment.
Are metal roofs environmentally friendly?
A more obvious reason that metal roofs are more eco-friendly than shingles is that metal is recyclable.
Your metal roof can be reused and appropriated but asphalt is made from gravel and petroleum which can’t be recycled and goes into landfill when discarded.
Asphalt shingles may also need to be replaced more frequently, as they are more susceptible to damage like cracks or breakage.
How can I get a metal roof installed?
Contact Watermaster Roofing for an on-site inspection and assessment
Do you need a new roof for your home? Not sure of the condition of your roof? No idea where to begin?
Watermaster Roofing are certified, friendly roofing installers who can discuss your options and help you understand the benefits of new metal roofing.
Metal roofs are becoming increasingly popular because of their durability, reputation, and longevity.
So talk to a roofing expert now about what exactly you’re looking for in a roof and let’s make it happen!