Myth #1 - Metal roofs cost a lot more than conventional composition 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
Myth #3 - Metal roofing would not fit the style of the of the homeowners current home
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
Myth #5 - Metal roofs are heavy and will be too much weight for the structure
Myth #6 - A metal roof will affect the resale value of my home
Myth #7 - Metal roofs will rust and corrode
Myth #8 - Metal roofing has a poor appearance
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
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
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
Myth #12 - You won't be able to walk on your metal roof
Would You Like to Learn More?
If you would like to learn more or to discuss your project just give us a shout to get started. There is no obligation.
ABOUT ALL STAR
TPO Roofing & Commercial Roofing Systems