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Exploding Myths about Metal Roofs

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Metal roofing offers homeowners an ideal combination of durability, beauty and longevity – but for years have also been shrouded in myths and misinformation. At Sunshine Metal Supply we want to set the record straight – here we debunk some of the most frequently misconstrued metal roof myths once and for all! 

Myth #1: Metal Roofs are Noisy during Rain or Hail

This misconception likely originates with older uninsulated metal roofs installed directly onto metal framing in commercial settings. Residential metal roofs differ significantly. Typically installed over solid wood decks with proper insulation which acts as an excellent sound barrier, effectively dampening noise caused by rain or hail. Asphalt shingles may crack over time and create pockets that amplify rain sounds.

Myth #2: Metal Roofs Attract Lightning

Being such an efficient conductor of electricity, metal is often assumed to attract lightning strikes. Installing a metal roof according to building code, with an adequate grounding system, may help dissipate energy of a lightning strike more effectively than traditional roofing materials and could help minimize damage.

Myth #3: Metal Roofs Make Homes Uncomfortably Hot

People often misperceive metal roofs as being heat sinks that radiate heat into the house during summer. But in reality, metal roofs are highly reflective – reflecting sunlight away from your house rather than absorbing heat like asphalt shingles!

Metal roofs can significantly enhance your home’s energy efficiency and, combined with a proper ventilation system, could potentially lower cooling costs.

Myth #4: Metal Roofs Are Prone to Rust 

Modern metal roofs are constructed using durable, corrosion-resistant materials. Sunshine Metal Supply’s Armored CoastTM metal roof panels are specifically engineered to withstand the challenges of coastal living. Equipped with the innovative ZAM® (Zinc-Aluminum-Magnesium) coating, these panels offer exceptional corrosion resistance.

Myth #5: Metal Roofs Are Heavy and Difficult to Install

Metal roofs can be surprisingly lightweight compared to materials like shingles or slate tiles. This means less stress on your home’s structure and an easier installation process.   

Myth #6: Metal Roofs are Only Available in Dull Colors

Contrary to popular belief, metal roofs come in a wide variety of styles, colors, and finishes that complement any architectural style – from classic charm to contemporary flair there is sure to be one to fit your aesthetic.

Myth #7: Metal Roofs are Dent-Prone and Easily Damaged

Metal roofs are actually quite resilient against denting. High-grade materials make metal roofing strong enough to withstand hailstorms or impacts from flying debris. 

Myth #8: Metal Roofs Are Expensive

While the upfront costs associated with a metal roof may be slightly higher than asphalt shingles, their long-term value cannot be rivaled. Metal roofs boast remarkable lifespans of 40-70 years or longer with minimal maintenance needs, while asphalt shingles require replacing every 15-20 years.

Myth #9: Metal Roofs Aren’t Environmentally Friendly

As they can be recycled when their lifespan ends, metal roofs offer one of the most eco-friendly options on the market today. In addition, its reflective properties help lower energy consumption by reflecting sunlight, helping to save on air conditioning costs.

The long lifespan of metal roofing reduces the need for frequent replacements and reduces landfill waste.

Sunshine Metal Supply is your one-stop shop for all your metal roofing needs, providing high-quality metal roof materials and expert advice. 

Don’t let myths or preconceived notions keep you from realizing the many advantages of a metal roof. 

Contact Sunshine Metal Supply today to see how a metal roof can add beauty, durability, and energy efficiency!

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