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We think metal roofs are the best choice out there. Here are some reasons why.

More Myths About Metal Roofs

Metal is quickly gaining in popularity and has become the second most preferred roofing material, which is no surprise considering the benefits of exceptionally low maintenance as well as long-term performance features.

However, due to the many misconceptions about metal roofs that need to be overcome, we have continued from our previous article (Myths About Metal Roofs) and listed more common myths below.

Myth #5:   Metal Roofs Make Your House Hotter in The Summer.

This one is so very wrong. In truth, UV rays are reflected by metal roofs, where asphalt roofs absorb them. Metal roofs reduce the heat load on your house by releasing solar heat a lot quicker than asphalt roofs. With proper installation a metal roof will maintain a constant indoor temperature giving you up to 40% of energy savings on heating and cooling costs.

Myth #6:   They’re Deafeningly Loud When It Rains.

Because of metal roof installation from 50 years ago, metal roofs got a bad name for being noisy. While that was true then, you shouldn’t expect the same from a modern metal roof. The reason for this is that a roof deck and the insulation that fills it, are paired with the metal roof adding structure to your roof and insulating it from sound. So the truth is that metal roofs are just as quiet as any other comparable roof system, if not quieter.

Myth #7:   Metal Roofs Attract Lightning Strikes.

In fact, lightning will strike whatever it’s closest to. Lightning is an excess of electricity trying to discharge into the ground, and the quickest way to do that is to locate something closest to it. Metal does not in fact attract lightning even though it is a conductor and in actual fact a metal roof is one of the best roofs to have should your home be struck by lightning. Firstly, being a conductive material it will lessen the effect of a lightning strike by spreading it out. Furthermore, due to it not being a combustible material, the risk that a lightning strike will cause a fire damaging your house further, will be greatly reduced.

You can be certain that our professional metal roof installation crew will make sure that your metal roof has the proper grounding so in the event of a lightning strike it would simply transfer that electric energy directly into the ground.

Myth #8:   Metal Roofs Cost Too Much.

It is true that metal roofing can cost more than shingles, this is due to more expensive materials and increased labor costs, because people with more skills are needed to install it. When a shingle roof is installed it may initially be cheaper, but you need to consider the repairs, such as shingles that blow off, curling shingles, mold and rot occurring when shingles warp, as well as the unavoidable re-roofing in 20 years at the most. A metal roof, however, is guaranteed to last 40 to 60 years with little or no maintenance required. Considering the lifetime costs of both shingle and metal roofs, metal roofing is comparably cheaper.

If you think it’s time for a new roof for your home, whether it be a metal roof or shingles, we’ve got the experience, the expertise and the tools to get it done right first time. Let Four Seasons Roofing be your first choice and give us a call for a free estimate. We look forward to hearing from you.

Metal roofs are one of the best roofing options available. Here’s why.

Myths About Metal Roofs

At Four Seasons Roofing we really believe that metal roofing is one of the best options available. The reason shingles are a popular choice is because of their low-cost, but they really can’t compare with metal roofs as far as durability, longevity and superior protection of your home goes. Most likely, the most expensive thing that the majority of people will ever buy is a home and one of the best ways to protect that investment is with a roof that has proven its durability over time. Unfortunately, there are a lot of myths and misunderstandings concerning metal roofs, which can sometimes cause a person to not get one even if it would have benefited them. We want to put you at ease about deciding to get a metal roof by dispelling these myths.

Myth #1:   Metal Roofs Are Antiquated

When ‘metal roof’ is mentioned, many people immediately picture the corrugated tin roofing that can be seen on barns and other structures. The fact that you get a great deal of value for the money when you choose a metal roof will always be a plus. You will not need to re-roof your home again and again because metal roofs just last and last practically forever.

Myth #2:   Your Homes Appearance Is Detracted by a Metal Roof

Many people find the sleek, sharp appearance of a metal roof very attractive. You can generally find an option among the many different styles and textures, that looks incredible and fits the architecture of your home perfectly. To a future homebuyer, the fact that they won’t have to re-roof the house for a very long time, is most appealing.

Myth #3:   Shingles Must Be the Best Since Everyone Uses Them

People generally go for shingles because they are cheap, quick and easy. Besides they are familiar with how shingles look on a home making it easy to picture how their home will look once the roof is done. Also installing shingles requires far less skill and craftmanship than a metal roof so builders and roofers are able to hire cheap workers.

Here are a few ways that shingles are inferior to metal roofing.

  • They have a lower energy efficiency performance, increasing your air conditioning bills.
  • They are vulnerable to damage caused by wind, rain, UV light and other debris landing on the roof.
  • They are not environmentally friendly because they cannot be recycled.
  • They have a shorter lifespan than metal roofs.

Myth #4:   I Don’t Know If My Roof Can Support the Weight of a Metal Roof

In fact, one of the lightest weight roofing materials is actually metal. Of the metal choices available aluminum is the most lightweight, weighing in at about 50 pounds per square. Shingles can weigh anything from 200 pounds per square to 500 pounds per square, depending on the grade. If your roof can support the weight of shingles, then supporting the weight of metal will be far easier.

Whether you are looking for a roof for your new home, or your existing roof needs a complete makeover, there are many materials available. Metal roofs can be an excellent choice because of their longevity, minimal maintenance and energy efficiency, no matter what your roof style is. If you would like more information about metal roofing for residential homes in Snohomish, Everett, or Bellevue, give our team of qualified representatives a call to schedule a free quote.