Top 5 metal roofing myths for your reading pleasure!
It’s amazing how many people don’t understand the basic understanding of metal roofing. Not long ago, I myself had an old rusty warehouse roof image in my mind. But now, after being involved with metal roofing for 6 years, I have developed a true appreciation for this roofing technology, and I want to share some insights with you.
After reading these tips, you will get a better understanding, and appreciation of metal roofing technology.
Myth 1: Metal roofs have a higher risk of being struck by lightning. Reality; No metal roof does not increase the chances of your house being struck by lightning. In fact, if your house is hit, a metal roof will help remove its load, and because metal is a non-flammable material, your roof won’t burn.
Myth 2: Metal roofs produce a lot of noise when it rains.
Reality; You might think of a cheap old metal roof over a barn that used to sound like a machine gun exploding when it rains … Modern metal roofs are usually mounted on plywood, solid shrouds, or on your existing roof. It won’t make more noise than ordinary asphalt shingles. Often a metal roof will be quieter than a non-metal roof, and will protect noise from rain and bad weather.
Myth 3: Metal roofs require a lot of money.
Reality; It might look like that, but it really isn’t! You might be surprised, but metal roofing is actually cheaper than asphalt shingles if you stay at home long enough. Not only will this increase the value of your home, but it will also help you save on cooling costs. Metal roofs can produce energy savings of up to 50% during the summer months. And finally, a metal roof might be the last roof you need to install in your home. Ever! Provided you get a quality installation from a quality metal roofing contractor. Learn from a hypothetical example of the cost of metal roofs versus asphalt shingles, from the perspective of a homeowner.
Myth 4: Metal roofs are prone to rust.
Reality; Modern metal roofs have been built to last for decades. Metal steel roofs have a metallic coating protective coating made of zinc or aluminum, which is bonded to steel and then painted with high quality paint designed to withstand the toughest abuse from bad weather, and provide the desired color and appearance that the homeowner wants.
Myth 5: Metal roofs are vulnerable to dents.
Reality; Modern metal roofs are built to withstand years of abuse from bad weather such as hail, extreme winds and snow. Hail will not sweep metal roofs, and very high winds are also not a threat, because many modern metal roofing systems are rated for 120mph winds. In fact, a metal roof performs very well in a storm. It is not uncommon to see a metal roof without damage, beside a bare ordinary roof that has lost all shingles and plywood due to a storm.
When I was writing these 5 metal roofing myths, another metal roof myth appeared in my mind! This one is in bonus! Enjoy!
Myth Bonus: You can’t walk on a metal roof without breaking it.
Reality; Although you must take all necessary precautions before taking a walk on the roof of your house, a metal roof is completely passable. I would recommend using running shoes like ASICs, because they will provide good traction for your feet when on the roof. Avoid walking on your roof when it rains because you can easily slip and fall. The rule of thumb is to stay on the roof whenever the surface is wet. Contact your roof contractor for specific techniques on how to walk on the metal roof they have installed.
I hope you enjoyed reading my metal roofing tips, and you have learned something new about metal roofing.