Fact & Fiction about Metal Roofing

Metal RoofingMetal roofing in Daytona Beach is becoming increasingly popular for houses. In the old days, metal was common for commercial buildings, but with new looks and colors, metal is seen on more and more roofs. However, there are a number of truths and myths when it comes to metal roofing:

 

The Facts about Metal

It has installation versatility. True. You can install metal over the existing roof. This means there’s no cost for tearing off the old roof. However, when this is done, make sure there is ventilation so water doesn’t build up in-between.


It can’t be damaged by rot, mold, or insects. True. The hardness of metal ensures it’s not home to plant or insect life.


It doesn’t catch on fire. True. Non-combustible metal is safe from forest fires.

 

It’s energy-efficient. True. It can reduce cooling costs by up to 25 percent.

 

The Fiction about Metal

It’s noisy. False. It’s not any louder than asphalt. Metal roofing is installed over a solid material, usually with an insulated attic below. All three of these operate as barriers to sound.

 

It attracts lightning. False. Actually, lightning likes structures that offer a continuous path to the ground, such as utility poles and trees.

 

It costs more. True, initially. False in the long run. A metal roof costs more, to begin with, but it lasts longer than most other roofing materials. A shingle roof costs less but has to be replaced in 30 years, while metal lasts for up to 70 years.