Metal roofing’s unmatched durability and minimal maintenance requirements make it an appealing choice over other roofing options. However, misconceptions about metal roofs prevent some homeowners from considering them.

I’ve installed many metal roofs in my career, so let me dispel these three common metal roof myths.

Metal Roof Myth 1: Limited Style and Color Options

In the past, metal roofing only topped barns and sheds. But modern metal roofing materials now closely match high-end roofing styles such as:

  • Wood shake
  • Slate
  • Clay or concrete tile
  • Architectural shingles

Raw metal roofing materials like copper and stainless steel are beautiful on their own. For more design flexibility, metal roof coatings deliver rich colors while still meeting Cool Roof solar reflectance standards. Whether your home is ultra-modern or traditional, you can find the metal roof options to match.

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Most people are familiar with standing-seam metal roofing, but you should be aware that there are many forms of metal roofing. Because metal is so malleable, it can be shaped and molded into roofing that looks like wood, tile, or shingles, and it’s installed in much the same way. In the end, it gives you a very similar aesthetic to other types of roofing but with the ease of maintenance and durability of metal.

Metal Roof Myth 2: Metal Roofs Are Not Energy-Efficient

Properly coated metal roofs qualify as ENERGY STAR Cool Roofs. Their solar reflectance keeps attics and interiors cooler than those under traditional asphalt shingles.

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Even bare metal roofs reflect solar radiation better than the black asphalt used in composition roofing. Modern metal roof coatings take efficiency even further through cool pigment technology. Darker-colored metal roofs provide both high reflectivity and infrared emittance to reduce cooling costs.

Not only does this help your energy bill, but higher reflectance extends the service life of metal roofs by reducing degradation caused by heat and ultraviolet light. 

Metal Roof Myth 3: Metal Roofs Do Not Perform Well in Extreme Weather

On the contrary, metal roofing excels in extreme weather and climate conditions. Properly installed metal roof systems withstand 140+ mile-per-hour hurricane-force winds. Their hardy construction resists damage from heavy snow and ice buildup. Hail that would dent or crack asphalt shingles bounces harmlessly off metal roofing panels.

In wildfire zones, non-combustible metal roofing slows the spread of wind-blown embers. For homes in regions with heavy rainfall, metal roofing lasts longer than composition shingles. 

Related: How Long Do Metal Roofs Last

So, Is a Metal Roof the Right Choice for You?

Metal roofs are low-maintenance, durable, energy-efficient, and come in a range of style options. If you need to replace your roof or are looking for the right roofing material for a new build, metal is definitely worth your consideration.

If you’re interested in a metal roof, check out one of my recommended roofing companies to get a quote today.

FAQs About Metal Roofing

Metal roofs have a service life greater than all common roofing materials outside slate and tile. You can expect a warranty of 30 years and a usable life span of up to 50 years.

What is the average cost to install a metal roof?

For an average-sized home, expect to pay $9,000 to $14,000 for a complete professional home metal roof installation. Prices vary based on the type of metal, roof style/geometry, and location.

What are the benefits of a metal roof?

Some key benefits of a metal roof include durability, long life span, energy efficiency, fire resistance, customized styles and colors, and reduced maintenance. Depending on where you live, a metal roof may even lower your insurance premiums.

Do metal roofs require special installation?

Yes, while metal roofs are relatively easy to install compared to other roofing materials, they do require specialized knowledge. Proper installation of a metal roof includes adding insulation and underlayment for moisture protection, using compatible fasteners so the roof won’t expand or contract too much, properly spacing panels, and adequately sealing joints.

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Doug Sluga

Doug Sluga is a professional roofer and carpenter with ten years of experience in residential and commercial construction. His expertise spans the breadth of the roofing trade from minor repairs to laying shingles to framing trusses. These days he spends most of his time writing about roofing and the roofing industry.

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Casey Daniel is a writer and editor with a passion for empowering readers to improve their homes and their lives. She has written and reviewed content across multiple topics, including home improvement, lawn and garden care, sustainability, and health and wellness. When she’s not reviewing articles, Casey is usually playing board games, repainting her bathroom, or quilting.

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