Busting the Myths of Houston Metal Roofing

Many myths persist about Houston metal roofing. Here are the facts


A 2012 research study conducted by the Metal Roofing Alliance among 1,500 homeowners across the US, indicated a number of misconceptions that many homeowners have about metal roofs. It would be unfortunate for a homeowner to not consider metal roofing because of an unfounded fear or myth. Here are the top ten myths about metal roofing and the facts concerning them.

There’s a lot more to roofing your home than we can cover below. We encourage homeowners to ask us about their roof questions so give us a call and let us help.

In addition to this information page, we are pleased to present Metal Roofing 101 by Todd Miller, President Classic Metal Roofing Systems. In these videos, Todd shares valuable information and experience about metal roofing systems.

The Myths of Metal Roofing
Myth #1 - Metal roofs cost a lot more than conventional composition roofing
It is true that the initial cost of a Houston metal roof is higher than a conventional asphalt or composition roof. However, when you consider these facts, the lifetime total cost of ownership is actually lower for metal roofing.

  • A Houston metal roof will outlast a conventional roof by 3 to 4 lifetimes
  • Houston metal roofs add to the energy efficiency of your home, lowering energy bills as much as  20%
  • About 60% of a Houston metal roof’s cost is added to your home’s value. Your asset is worth more. If you go with conventional materials you simply bring the house value back to what it was worth when the original roof was new.
  • A properly installed Houston metal roof will require minimal maintenance, which you can do yourself and will not require repair.
  • Houston metal roofs withstand extreme weather and wildfires so risk of damage or loss is reduced, and therefore long term cost as well
  • Insurance companies often give discounts to metal roof owners
  • You have the additional advantage of being able to select colors and finishes for Houston metal roofing that are EnergyStar rated that may qualify you for a federal tax credit.
Myth #2 - Metal roofing is likely to attract lightning
Studies show that a Houston metal roof is no more likely to be struck by lightning than a conventional composition roof. If a Houston metal roof is hit by lightning, it would disperse the energy more evenly. If you attach a ground, the roof would then function as a lightning rod, further protecting the home. Another benefit is that a Houston metal roof is non-combustible so there is far less chance of fire.
Myth #3 - Metal roofing would not fit the style of the of the homeowners current home
Houston metal roofing is available in a wide range of colors, styles and textures that will be suitable for any architectural style (contemporary, colonial, Victorian, ranch, cape-style, historic homes, etc). Popular aluminum styles look like wood shakes, slate and even tile. This solution provides the beautiful presentation without the negative factors of those materials. Wood shakes are outlawed in some areas due to flammability. Slate and tile are too heavy for homes that were not designed to support them.

As for Houston metal roofing color choices, you will find that the selection is just as extensive as for any other popular roofing material, such as asphalt shingles. If you do not find a color that you want, it is possible to order a unique Houston metal roofing custom color. You can’t do that with conventional roofing.

Myth #4 - Metal roofs make a lot of noise when it rains
While it may come as a surprise, a metal roof may be even quieter than composition shingles. Houston metal roofs are typically installed over the existing roofing materials. An additional underlayment is applied and an optional foam backer on top of that, adding to insulation and noise reduction.This helps silence the noise from rain, hail, and other weather conditions, better than other types of roofing materials. In most cases, the new Houston metal roof is even quieter than the previous roof so you do not have to worry about waking up to the sound of rain.
Myth #5 - Metal roofs are heavy and will be too much weight for the structure
Houston metal roofs are actually 50% to 75% lighter than conventional roofing materials and therefore weight is never a problem.
Myth #6 - A metal roof will affect the resale value of my home
This is TRUE but not a negative. When you replace a worn out conventional roof with another conventional roof you add no value. You simply bring the home’s value back to what it was before. When you replace your conventional roof with a Houston metal roof, about 60% of the cost is added to the original home’s value. Your asset is now worth more.
Myth #7 - Metal roofs will rust and corrode
Houston metal roofs by All Star Roof Systems have finishes that protect the roof from rust and corrosion for the lifetime of the roof. The manufacturer guarantees this and the warranty is transferable if you sell your home with no transfer fee.
Myth #8 - Metal roofing has a poor appearance
The notion that metal roofs are ugly stems from popular images of old tin roofs on animal barns and industrial warehouses. In reality, metal roofs come in a wide range of highly attractive looks that would satisfy even the most capricious taste.

For people who have modern homes and/or simply love the look of metal, standing seam metal roofing is a great fit. They come in various widths and offer a distinct and bold look.

For people who want the benefits but not the looks of metal, there is a wide range of metal shingles options, which imitate the look of cedar shakes or slate shingles. In fact, you can order a metal roof styles and colors so that people who are unaware that it is a metal, would never be able to guess it from the looks of it.

Myth #9 - There are other better and longer-lasting roofing materials
Metal is a premium roofing material so it is logical to compare it to other premium materials, which are slate, clay tile and cedar shakes.

When it comes to longevity, cedar shakes begin rotting just after twenty years. Natural slate and clay tile roofs do last a long time (50-100 years) but can crack and break randomly, requiring costly repairs. Additionally, because of their heavy weight, these roofs require special structural support before they can be installed. A metal roof will last just as long, but will not be subject to cracking and breaking. A metal roof is also lightweight, and will not strain your original home structure.

When it comes to durability, metal will not break on impact (such as hail or a falling tree branch), whereas both tile and slate will break and slide off the roof. Metal roofs with foam backing can be walked on without causing any damage.

When it comes to standing up to inclement weather, metal is by far the best choice. It offers superior protection against wind damage, hurricanes, ice and snow, and wild fires. By comparison, tile roofs need special cement, adhesives and fasteners to meet the minimum wind resistance requirements in Texas coastal areas. Slate roofs are not recommended for high wind areas at all, because they have huge wind uplift potential, as they are held in place by just a pair of nails or wire hangers.

Finally, when it comes to metal roofing cost, we have a clear winner, as even the most expensive types of metal, such as copper, zinc and stainless steel, will cost 30% less than the cheapest slate or tile roof. Cedar roofs cost about 20% more than aluminum, but last about 3 times less. Therefore, they are 3.5 times more expensive, when considering how often they must be replaced.

Myth #10 - Metal roofs perform poorly in bad weather
When compared to other materials, metal consistently demonstrates superior performance in a wide range of inclement weather conditions. In fact, the majority of homeowners who end up installing a Houston metal roof, do so largely because of the level of protection it affords when severe weather strikes.

In the Northern states that get a lot of snow, ice and hail, metal roofs are unbeatable in protecting the home from ice dams and hail damage, which can cost thousands of dollars. They shed snow extremely fast, preventing water from backing up and leaking inside your home.

In the areas that are prone to wildfires, metal roofs protect homes from catching on fire, as they are non-combustible and carry the highest fire rating of any roofing material in the industry.

In the regions like Texas that are exposed to hurricanes, a metal roof will protect your home from suffering major damage, because it has a 140 mph wind rating. This means it will not be blown off or require extensive repair, such as the case with asphalt shingles.

In Texas where homes are constantly exposed to the sun’s ultraviolet radiation, this roof can save you hundreds of dollars by cooling your home, because it reflects heat rather than absorbs it, like an asphalt shingles roof does.

Myth #11 - Metal roofing will affect cell phone reception inside your home
Chances are that you currently use your cell phone in metal roofed buildings on a regular basis. Think of the restaurants where you eat, the stores in which you shop, your bank, your church, etc. Many of those buildings have metal roofs or metal decks beneath flat roofs. Over the years and tens of thousands of roofs, we have had no more than five people tell us that their metal roof did seem to affect their cell phone reception. If you currently have very, very weak or spotty cell phone reception inside of your home, a metal roof may be the “straw that breaks the camel’s back.” Adding a cell phone signal booster in your house would have been helpful before the metal roof and certainly would be helpful after your metal roof is installed. However, if you have fair to excellent cell phone reception now, the metal roof should not have any noticeable effect.


Myth #12 - You won't be able to walk on your metal roof
Our high-strength metals, combined with deep texturing, don’t lose their strength over time, making our roofs just as resistant to foot traffic and even hail when they are many years old as they are when they are new. Your product representative will be able to give you instructions on how to safely walk on your roof. Optional foam inserts are available for use with our shingle products in areas where protection against heavy foot traffic is desired. It is also important to note that the random texture of our metal shingles will mask any minor indentations which may occur.
The Myths of Metal Roofing
The Myths of Metal Roofing
The Myths of Metal Roofing
The Myths of Metal Roofing

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