From pressure washing the exterior of your house and mowing your lawn to painting shutters and replacing outdated fixtures, it is easy to see how home ownership can be overwhelming. Considering your roof it is an imperative part of your home's value and family's shelter, ensuring it is clean, attractive, and durable is key. Unfortunately, choosing from one of the numerous materials available can be challenging when it comes time to replace your roof. While asphalt shingles are common, metal can be a uniquely appealing option for your home. By learning the truth about these four common misconceptions associated with metal roofing, you will learn if this durable and attractive option is right for your home.

1. Asphalt Shingles are Just as Durable as Metal Roofs

Due to their ease of installation, affordability, and strength, asphalt shingles are popular options for homes, but metal is actually much more durable.

Most metal roofing manufacturers guarantee a lifespan of between 30 to 50 years, but asphalt shingles only have an average lifespan of 17 years. Selecting metal instead of asphalt shingles is a smarter option for your home.

2. Metal Roofs Are Noisy

Many homeowners expect metal roofs to be loud, especially when rain is falling outside. As with any roofing material, you will hear rain hitting your roof. However, the process of installing metal roofs ensures you will actually hear less noise than a roof covered in asphalt shingles.

Once the underlayment is installed on the roof, a layer of sheathing is installed before the actual metal material. This sheathing acts as a protective cushion, additional insulation, and a noise barrier.

In most cases, the extra layer of sheathing on a metal roof will reduce noise from rain, sleet, snow, and other weather conditions.

3. Metal Roofs Increase your Home's Risk of Lightning Strikes

Lightning will strike the highest part of an area, so you may worry about the possibility of it striking your home with a metal roof. Fortunately, that is not likely to happen.

While metal does conduct electricity, lightning is not drawn to it, so the odds of your roof being struck by lightning are very low. If lightning does strike your home, the metal roof will actually disperse the energy through the structure, making it less dangerous.

4. Metal Roofs Rust over Time

Metal is known to rust over time due to oxidation from moisture, weathering, and sun exposure. Thankfully, you do not need to worry about a metal roof rusting because of its method of manufacturing.

Metal roofing is coated in a metallic material that is made from zinc or aluminum. This coating is bonded to the steel before a layer of paint is applied to the outer surface. The combination of the metallic coating and paint prevent rust from developing on your metal roof.

5. A Metal Roof Will Not Work with My Home's Style

You may think that metal roofs are only suitable for barns and farmhouses. However, a metal roof can complement the style of any home's architectural design.

Metal roofing is available in a variety of colors, so you can find the look suited to your personality and home's style. In addition, metal roofing can be installed in a variety of designs including a flat roof, gable/pitched roof, or a hip design that has slopes on all four sides.

With multiple color and design options, the use of metal will work well with a contemporary, modern, colonial, ranch, Cape-style, historical, or Victorian home.

Metal may be a smart option for your home's roof, but proper understanding of this material is essential. Using this guide, you will understand the truth behind common misconceptions regarding metal roofing. Contact a representative from a company like Pro-Tech Contracting Inc. for more information or to get a metal roof installed.