Four Myths About Metal Roofing Explained

June 1, 2018 5:13 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

We were out to install a metal roof on a shed on a residential property when our customer mentioned that he was planning on replacing the roof on his home as well. “We can help you with that, too,” we offered, but the customer looked surprised, even incredulous. “Do people install metal roofs on their homes?” he asked.

Unfortunately, this is a question we get a lot. Because metal roofing is often associated with industrial buildings, people often have a misconception that metal roofing is a poor choice when roofing a home. However, that couldn’t be farther from the truth. Thanks to new technology and advances in metal roofing design, metal roofing actually surpasses more traditional roofing options in almost every way. So if you think that metal roofing just isn’t meant for residential buildings, here are four myths about metal roofing in Alaska explained.

No options

Many people believe that metal roofing only comes in one profile (standing seam) and one color (gray). However, metal roofing actually comes in a variety of colors and can often be custom-colored to fit the color scheme of the rest of your home. In addition to that, metal roofing comes in a variety of styles as well, including metal panels, metal shingles and metal tile. Metal roofing actually gives you more options than you would get with standard roofing materials.


Another common myth about metal roofing is that it will be too noisy to put on a home. “What about when it rains or, even worse, hails?” is a question we often get. In reality, metal roofing is actually better at muffling noises than more traditional roofing materials. Metal roofing has solid sheathing attached to the underlayment that actually helps silence the noise. Rain, hail and other weather conditions will rarely create a noise problem with a metal roof.


While it is true that metal roofing costs more up front, what people often don’t realize is that metal roofing provides a greater return on investment, even if it does come with a slightly higher price tag to begin with. The average cost for installing residential metal roofing in Alaska is about $8,500 to $13,000, while traditional shingles cost about $4,500 to $7,500. However, metal roofing typically lasts about 40 to 60 years, while shingles only have a lifespan of about 12 to 20.

Inferior quality

Many people are under the misconception that metal roofing is inferior to more traditional roofing materials. However, this couldn’t be farther from the truth. Metal roofing last two to three times longer than traditional roofing materials, and it also offers superior durability. It will not break, peel, slide off or loosen like other roofing materials. Plus, it’s strong enough to withstand just about any kind of weather.

If you are looking to replace the roof on your home, don’t let these myths about metal roofing misguide you. Metal roofing is superior to traditional roofing methods in almost every way. To learn more about our services for residential metal roofing in Alaska, call Superior Products Inc. today!

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