Here at Hippo Roof, we are huge fans of metal roofing because it’s simply the top-of-the-line roof option that you can get. While shingles are a popular choice because of their low cost, they can’t hold a candle to metal roofs when it comes to durability, longevity, and superior protection of your home. Given that a home is the most expensive thing that most people will buy in their lifetime, it only makes sense to protect that investment with a roof that’s going to stand the test of time.
However, there are a lot of myths and misconceptions floating around out there about metal roofs. These myths can sometimes cause a person who would have benefited from a metal roof to decide not to get one. That’s why, in this blog post from our roofing company in Melbourne, we want to dispel these myths and set you at ease about the decision to get a metal roof.
Myth #1: Metal roofs are outdated
In many people’s minds, when they hear “metal roof,” they immediately picture the kind of corrugated tin roofing that sometimes appears on barns and other structures. Or, they think of an ancient home that had a metal roof, and the whole thing is so dreadfully outdated that the roof suffers by association. However, while technologies, trends, and building materials will come and go, what will never go out of style is the fact that you get huge value for the money when you choose a metal roof. Metal roofs last practically forever, saving you from the need to re-roof your home again and again.
Myth #2: Metal roofs detract from your home’s appearance
Metal roofs actually provide a sleek, sharp appearance to a home, which many people find to be very attractive. When you talk about curb appeal, one of the most appealing things in the world to a future homebuyer is going to be the fact that they won’t have to re-roof the house anytime soon. Since metal roofing comes in multiple different textures and styles, you can almost always find an option that looks amazing and fits perfectly with the other architectural elements on your home. However, that being said, what is beautiful and attractive versus what is ugly and unappealing will always be a matter of opinion, and it’s ok if some people simply don’t prefer the look of a metal roof or don’t think it goes with the architectural style of a home.
Myth #3: Since everyone uses shingles, shingles must be the best.
Just because people follow the herd doesn’t mean that the herd mentality is right or best. People choose shingles because they are cheap, quick, and easy. They’re familiar with the architectural appearance of shingles on a home, so it’s easy to envision what the home will look like once the roof is done. In addition, builders and roofers like to install shingles because it allows them to hire cheap workers. Installing shingles takes far less skill and craftsmanship than installing a metal roof, which means that labor is readily available for a relatively low wage.
However, shingles are inferior to metal roofing in many ways. Here are a few:
- They don’t last as long.
- They are susceptible to damage by rain, wind, UV light, and other debris hitting your roof.
- Their energy efficiency performance is lower, adding to your air conditioning bills.
- They are not environmentally friendly (old shingles go into the landfill).
Myth #4: Metal roofs are heavier. I don’t know if my roof can support all that weight.
Actually, metal is one of the lightest-weight roofing materials out there. It depends on the metal you choose, but aluminum is the most lightweight, clocking in at around 50 pounds per square. Contrast this to shingles, which can weigh anywhere from 200 pounds per square for basic shingles to 500 pounds per square for higher-end shingles. Many people put shingles over top of existing shingles without giving it a second thought, but then they balk at the supposed weight that a metal roof will add to their home’s burden. If your roof can support the weight of shingles, it can far more easily support the weight of metal.
Myth #5: Metal roofs are hotter in the summer.
Our Florida summers get hot, and when you consider that your choice of roofing materials could make your home that much hotter, it makes you want to think twice. So which type of roof is going to heat up your home more? The answer may surprise you. It’s shingles. Modern metal roofs possess two properties that make them extremely energy efficient, making them great at helping to keep your home cooler in the summer.
First, they have high reflectivity. Light hits them and it reflects right back off toward the sky. Second, they have high emissivity. This means that they deflect (or emit) the heat energy that strikes them almost instantaneously, rather than absorbing it and releasing that energy over time. A substance with high emissivity is hot to the touch because it’s taking all the heat that strikes it and giving it back immediately. (In other words, don’t walk barefoot on your metal roof.)
Shingles are not reflective and have low emissivity, meaning that they accept more of that heat and transfer it to your attic. Excess warm air in your attic is a big reason that your living space heats up during the daytime. When you make the switch to metal roofing, your air conditioner won’t have to work nearly as hard, meaning that you’ll be able to cut down on energy consumption.
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We want you to know that you’re getting a superior product that will last you for many years to come. That’s why we offer a lifetime guarantee on materials and workmanship when you ask the roofing experts at Hippo to install a DefenderRoof. Your first step towards the metal roof of your dreams is to simply get someone to come out and give you an estimate. This is an informational meeting where we’ll answer your questions, let you pick out your options, and learn about the option of metal roofing. Simply contact us to ask for your free quote. We look forward to hearing from you!
Also, stay tuned for our next blog post, when we’ll cover 5 more myths that you might have heard regarding metal roofs.