Metal roofs and siding have been gaining popularity among contractors and homeowners in the last few years. However, there are still myths and misconceptions about using this material. With metal becoming a mainstream choice for home construction, not just for farm homes, it’s time to debunk the top 5 myths associated with metal roofs and siding.
- Loud. Still one of the biggest misconceptions of metal roofing and siding is that it will be loud in the house if it rains or hails. Sure, if you’re just slapping a plain sheet of corrugated metal on and calling it a day, you’ll experience some noise. When installed with solid sheathing, metal will actually be more sound-proof than its asphalt counterpart.
- Not Insulated. The myth that metal roofs or siding can’t be insulated has withstood the test of time. People still fear cold, unbearable winters because they believe their metal material won’t protect them from the elements. Both metal siding and roofs can be insulated, so no need to worry the winter. Metal is actually more energy efficient than many of the other roofing options available. It reflects the sun’s heat in the summer, and traps in your heat in the winter.
- Outdated. Yes it’s true that some of our oldest buildings were constructed with metal roofs and siding, but this isn’t to say the trend is outdated. Previously, barns and commercial properties were most likely associated with metal materials, but in 2017 we’re continuing to see an increase in homeowners adopting this idea. The trend has been gaining popularity because of the versatility and style this material can bring to a home, as well as its very eco-conscious origins.
- More Expensive. While metal roofing and siding have a larger upfront cost, savvy homeowners know that the initial investment is more cost effective in the long run. Metal roofing can last anywhere from 40-70 years, which is at least double the life of an asphalt roof. Metal roofs are durable, won’t crack or corrode, and are sure to withstand the elements.
- Impossible to Install. This myth exists because installations were cumbersome and required specialty tools that weren’t readily available. Now, there are pneumatic tools and collated, combination fasteners that make installation incredibly simple and quick, like the RoofLoc® system from FASCO®. The key is the fastener that drives in like a nail but has the holding power of a screw. They also back out like a screw, making adjustments quick and easy. They have 520-pound holding strength. Each fastener has a leak-proof EPDM-washer that resists temperature contraction due to temperature extremes; and no metal residue or “pig tails” allows for superior washer seal and eliminates scratches.
Now that you’ve been set straight on the top 5 myths about metal roofs and siding, you can now offer clients an alternative construction material and peace of mind.