10 Myths About Metal Roofing

10 Myths About Metal Roofing

MRA Metal roof on a home
Metal is one of the best materials to choose from when you need a new roof.

In this special episode of the Today’s Homeowner Podcast, I’m talking with Renee Ramey, Executive Director of the Metal Roofing Alliance.

We’re talking about the 10 most common myths when it comes to metal roofs. Get ready for some surprising information!


The Metal Roofing Alliance is a nonprofit trade association that helps homeowners make educated roofing decisions and connects them with expert metal roofing professionals.

Like Renee says, “We’re all about spreading awareness and making sure that people have the right information!”


1. Style and Color Options are Limited

When many people think of metal roofing, they envision a classic barn metal roof — which is one option, but there are many others.

Metal roofing can look like any other material out there, like shake, tile, asphalt or shingles. As far as colors go, there are thousands of color options out there to fit your home or aesthetic!

2. They’re Not Energy-Efficient

Because of the make and the coatings, it’s completely possible to have a ‘cool metal roof.’

This means that the coatings on the metal roof itself help emit heat and keep your home cooler in warm climates. And you’ll save money on your energy bill this way!

3. They Won’t Withstand Extreme Weather

Metal roofs actually test well against hurricane-type winds and are resistant to fire embers.

They also remain solid against hail and snow, which proves they are built tough and will last long!

4. They’re Not Sustainable

Metal is a recyclable product and a lot of the roofs today are made of recyclable material. Not only is recycling utilized in making the roofs, the roof can be 100% recycled at the end of its life. We love an earth-friendly product!

5. They’re Noisy

If quality metal roof systems are installed correctly, they can actually be quieter than other roofing systems!

6. They’re More Expensive Than Other Materials

As mentioned, metal roofing comes in a variety of colors and styles and the price range can vary. The price of one quality metal roof is equivalent to two or three asphalt roofs and it will probably last many decades longer than its counterpart.

Down the road, this adds up and a metal roof becomes the cheaper option!

7. They’re Too Shiny

A quality metal roof comes in a variety of glosses and finishes. Shininess is mitigated by the color and gloss you pick for your roof!

8. They’re Too Heavy

MRA has data that dispels this myth. They are more light in weight compared to other products out there.

9. They’re Likely to Get Struck by Lightning

If lightning does strike your metal roof, the hit of the lightning will mitigate it in a manner so it will not reach anyone or anything.

It also has the highest — class A — rating against catching on fire.

10. Difficult to Install Solar Panels or Solar Systems

Metal roofing is the best platform for solar. Solar Systems outlast the life of an asphalt roof so there’s a risk of dismantling the system.

The metal roof should outlast the life span of the solar system and there are clamps for this very purpose. Even more, the clamps do not require you to puncture the surface in order to have a solar system on your roof!


Want More?

If you’re ready to upgrade to a metal roof, or just want more questions answered when it comes to a metal roof, check out metalroofing.com.

Listen to this special-edition Today’s Homeowner Podcast for more home improvement tips!

Busting 10 Myths About Metal Roofing

Busting 10 Myths About Metal Roofing

MRA Metal roof on a home
Metal is one of the best materials to choose from when you need a new roof.

In this special episode of the Today’s Homeowner Podcast, I’m talking with Renee Ramey, Executive Director of the Metal Roofing Alliance.

We’re talking about the 10 most common myths when it comes to metal roofs. Get ready for some surprising information!


The Metal Roofing Alliance is a nonprofit trade association that helps homeowners make educated roofing decisions and connects them with expert metal roofing professionals.

Like Renee says, “We’re all about spreading awareness and making sure that people have the right information!”


1. Style and Color Options are Limited

When many people think of metal roofing, they envision a classic barn metal roof — which is one option, but there are many others.

Metal roofing can look like any other material out there, like shake, tile, asphalt or shingles. As far as colors go, there are thousands of color options out there to fit your home or aesthetic!

2. They’re Not Energy-Efficient

Because of the make and the coatings, it’s completely possible to have a ‘cool metal roof.’

This means that the coatings on the metal roof itself help emit heat and keep your home cooler in warm climates. And you’ll save money on your energy bill this way!

3. They Won’t Withstand Extreme Weather

Metal roofs actually test well against hurricane-type winds and are resistant to fire embers.

They also remain solid against hail and snow, which proves they are built tough and will last long!

4. They’re Not Sustainable

Metal is a recyclable product and a lot of the roofs today are made of recyclable material. Not only is recycling utilized in making the roofs, the roof can be 100% recycled at the end of its life. We love an earth-friendly product!

5. They’re Noisy

If quality metal roof systems are installed correctly, they can actually be quieter than other roofing systems!

6. They’re More Expensive Than Other Materials

As mentioned, metal roofing comes in a variety of colors and styles and the price range can vary. The price of one quality metal roof is equivalent to two or three asphalt roofs and it will probably last many decades longer than its counterpart.

Down the road, this adds up and a metal roof becomes the cheaper option!

7. They’re Too Shiny

A quality metal roof comes in a variety of glosses and finishes. Shininess is mitigated by the color and gloss you pick for your roof!

8. They’re Too Heavy

MRA has data that dispels this myth. They are more light in weight compared to other products out there.

9. They’re Likely to Get Struck by Lightning

If lightning does strike your metal roof, the hit of the lightning will mitigate it in a manner so it will not reach anyone or anything.

It also has the highest — class A — rating against catching on fire.

10. Difficult to Install Solar Panels or Solar Systems

Metal roofing is the best platform for solar. Solar Systems outlast the life of an asphalt roof so there’s a risk of dismantling the system.

The metal roof should outlast the life span of the solar system and there are clamps for this very purpose. Even more, the clamps do not require you to puncture the surface in order to have a solar system on your roof!


Want More?

If you’re ready to upgrade to a metal roof, or just want more questions answered when it comes to a metal roof, check out metalroofing.com.

Listen to this special-edition Today’s Homeowner Podcast for more home improvement tips!

Why Metal is the Best Option for Reroofing Your Home

Why Metal is the Best Option for Reroofing Your Home

Many homeowners want to reroof their houses, which is a desirable alternative to ripping off an old roof and installing a new one. But it’s still a big decision and a major expense.

Choosing the right roofing material can be confusing. And, because this process is so involved and even stressful, it’s not something that many homeowners want to do often.

But that’s often the case, depending on the roofing material.

For instance, asphalt shingles usually have a 15- to 20-year warranty and if you live in hurricane-prone areas, you could face some serious problems. During high winds, shingles often fly off the home, making it vulnerable to water damage.

Metal roofing, on the other hand, has a 50-plus-year warranty. It will not only withstand hurricanes, it also has a Class A fire rating.

So you get a roof that isn’t just stylish, with the ridges and embossment that you’d expect from other materials such as shakes, slates or tiles, but it’s also safer for your home and the people and possessions inside.

And it doesn’t require additional support. You may have to reinforce the roof’s decking when adding slates or tiles to an existing home, but that’s not the case for metal roofing.

As you can see, there’s a lot to consider when reroofing your home. So, if you’re serious about this project, do your homework!

Working with the Metal Roofing Alliance provides peace of mind because its contractors know the proper processes and warranty guidelines to do the best job.

Head on over to metalroofing.com where they have a buyer’s guide and visualizer.

Just upload a photo of your home and pick out different metal roofing options before ordering one that suits your home.