PORTLAND, Ore. — Research from the Metal Roofing Alliance (MRA) demonstrates that metal roofing is now second most preferred type of roofing material among U.S. homeowners, according to the organization.

Yet even with increased popularity, a 2018 nationwide study cited by MRA also shows that misconceptions remain about metal roofs.

According to the MRA, here are the five most common metal roof myths and the facts about each:

Metal Roof Myth No. 1: Style and color options are limited

Fact:  MRA says metal roofing offers a nearly endless number of design options, designed to fit with the architectural style of just about any home. Metal roofs that mimic the look of shakes, slate and clay tile, yet offer exceptional durability and performance, are just some examples of the latest styles now available. Metal also offers homeowners more color choices than any other type of roofing material, as well as raw organic hues such as copper, titanium and bright stainless steel.

Metal Roof Myth No. 2: It isn’t energy efficient for warm weather climates

Fact:  Metal roofs have proven energy efficiency performance and are ENERGY STAR qualified as “Cool Roofs,” MRA says. Even basic, unpainted metal roofs will reflect more solar radiation than asphalt, which typically absorbs and holds heat. While light-colored roofs naturally reflect and absorb less heat, metal roofs with oven-cured, pre-painted organic coatings incorporate “cool pigment” technology. That means even for darker metal roof colors, metal delivers high total solar reflectance and high infrared emittance, keeping homes cool and saving energy by re-emitting most of what solar radiation is absorbed.

Metal Roof Myth No. 3: It won’t perform as well in extreme conditions

Fact: Metal roofs are by far the preferred and most durable choice for withstanding hurricane force, 140-mile per hour winds and extreme storms, which is why they are so popular in hurricane-prone areas such as Florida and the southeast region, according to MRA. Quality metal roofs stand up to damaging hail much better than other types of roofs and have the strength to hold up under heavy snow and ice loads. As an extremely strong, long-lasting, low maintenance and durable material, metal is a top choice severe weather and climate conditions, including in wildfire prone areas.

Metal Roof Myth No. 4: It will be too noisy when it rains

Fact: When installed correctly, a metal roof is as quiet as an asphalt roof. A combination of attic space, insulation and proper installation methods are important to reduce noise transmission for any roof, no matter what the material type, and makes the biggest difference when it comes to sound. Per MRA's recommendation, installers should use a good quality underlayment and add/tighten fasteners securely to help manage noise.

Metal Roof Myth No. 5: It isn’t as sustainable as other materials

Fact: MRA says metal roofing lasts 50-plus years (nearly two to three times longer than other materials), can be recycled at the end of its long life rather than dumped into the landfill, and is energy efficient. Quality metal roof coatings also can mean lower long-term maintenance by naturally resisting moss and fungus, reducing the need for strong chemical treatments harmful to the environment. 

More information about metal roofs can be found at www.metalroofing.com.