Fact or Fiction: Metal Roofs

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Metal roofing is a brand new technology.

Sheet-metal roofing came into use in the mid-19th century, when it gained popularity for a time.

A metal roof is best suited to modern architecture.

Many modern architects do use metal roofing to complement their designs, but with faux wood and slate tiles among the metal roofing options, traditional home enthusiasts can take advantage of the technology without sacrificing their style.

Most metal roofs are heavier than traditional shingle roofs.

Metal roofs weigh about 25 to 50 percent less than shingle and tile roofing.

It costs about 10 percent more to install a metal roof than a shingle roof.

A metal roof will cost about 20 to 30 percent more than a shingle roof, and, depending on the type of metal used, it could be higher.

Windy regions are dangerous places for metal roofing.

Minimum building code standards in hurricane regions require a roof that will withstand high-velocity winds, and metal roofing often tests above the minimum in durability.

If you live in a cold region, a metal roof will lower your winter heating bills.

Metal roofing might make your winter bills higher because it doesn't hold heat as long as traditional shingle roofing. Your roof will last a lot longer, though, making it pay off over time.

If you live in a part of the world with a warm climate, a metal roof is ideal because it holds the heat and prevents it from seeping into your home.

One of the qualities that makes metal roofing so good for warmer climates is that instead of trapping heat, it reflects the heat of the sun, sending it away from the roof and the home itself so it stays cooler inside.

Metal roofs can create a bright glare when the sun is shining on them.

Untreated metal roofs, or those with light-colored paint treatments, will have a high-shine that can create a bright glare, depending on the roof's placement and slope. Careful planning can prevent turning a neighbors front yard into a blind spot.

Metal roofing comes in four standard colors.

A myriad of color options are available, though not all are recommended depending on local climate because the color factors into their energy efficiency.

Rain and hail are noisier inside a home with a metal roof.

Reports on noise vary, but the sound quality probably has more to do with the preparation and quality of the installation than the roof itself.

If you're restoring a historic home, you should never consider a metal roofing because of its look and weight.

Metal roofing is lightweight and comes in styles that mimic classic and regional roofing types, so it's perfectly safe to use on an older, historic home.

A metal roof will last about 30 years.

Depending on installation and wear, the lifetime of a metal roof is estimated to be 30 to 50, and some can last up to 100 years.

Oceanside homes will have to deal with salt water oxidization if they have metal roofing installed.

Most modern manufacturers of metal roofing treat the materials -- often with an aluminum coating -- to ward off rust and other types of corrosion. Dealing with salt and other elements is a part of maintenance, though it's not much different than cleaning and caring for a traditional roof.

Installing metal roofing is a snap. Almost any contractor can do it.

With it's slippery surface, lightweight flexibility and unique installation techniques, metal roofing needs to be installed by an experienced, specialized metal roofer.

Black metal roofs are energy-efficient in warm climates.

A black metal roof would draw in more heat, so in a warmer climate with sunshine, experts recommend white metal roofs, which reflect away the sun's rays.

Snow and ice require special removal techniques on metal roofs.

It takes less effort and elbow grease to keep metal roofs clear because ice and snow tend to slide off more easily than they do on asphalt roofs.

White metal roofing is especially hard to cool in sunny regions.

Sunshine reflects off of white metal roofing, and the roof itself holds very little of the day's heat, so it cools quickly once the sun sets.

Install a metal roof if you want to turn a quick profit from the sale of a home.

You'll probably notice energy savings right away in hot climates, but offsetting the initial, higher cost of a metal roof will take some time. If you're only planning to stay in a home for a short amount of time, you may not see much return on your investment and buyers may not pay more for the roof improvement.

Metal roofs increase homeowner's insurance premiums.

Because of their high fire and wind resistance, many insurance companies give discounts for homes with metal roofing improvements.

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