“It’d be too noisy”, you may think. “The first hailstorm to come around is going to ruin it.”, “I don’t want my house to look like a barn!”.
Thirty or forty years ago you may have been right to be concerned. These days. you may be surprised to learn what new advances have been made to make metal roofs not only some of the most quiet, sturdy, energy efficient roofs around, but they can be made to look great with just about any kind of home!
Aren’t Metal Roofs Loud When It Rains?
Actually, a metal roof can be more quiet than an asphalt shingle roof. Using solid sheathing, a metal roof can mute even a barrage of hail better than shingle roof.
Isn’t It Bad To Walk On A Metal Roof?
Many people think that a metal roof is too fragile to walk on. The truth is, in addition to making for a quiet roof, sold sheathing also provides support so that you may walk on a metal roof without fear. Talk to your roof installer about how to walk your particular roof taking into consideration pitch and style of your roof.
Metal Rusts. Won’t It Be A Pain To Keep My Metal Roof From Becoming A Rusted Mess?
This is where modern advances in metal materials (including roof materials) really shine. Today’s metal roofing materials are built to last. Materials such as steel metal roofing have a “metallic coating”. Made of zinc or a combination of zinc and aluminum bonded to the steel, this coating prevents rust from even forming. Paint is applied over the coating, providing a long-lasting material that doesn’t need a lot of maintenance.
What About Hail? Won’t It Destroy My New Metal Roof?
In most cases, no. Metal roof materials are made to be roofs. Roofs must withstand most weather events, metal roofs aren’t an exception. Especially with the advances in roof material technology, today’s metal roofs can withstand even a F2 Tornado! Of course, very large hail and debris impacts have been known to dent even the toughest metal roofs, outside of these rare events, your metal roof will persevere.
Won’t Lightning Be Attracted To My Metal Roof?
Short answer, no. Though metal is an excellent conductor for electricity, lightning isn’t drawn to it. Lightning is looking for the tallest thing in the area, it doesn’t particularly care what it’s made of. Which is why most of the time it’s trees, poles, towers, and other tall things. It’s unusual for lightning to hit buildings, much rarer for homes.
If your home is unfortunately hit by lightning, you want a metal roof. Being non-flammable and non-combustible and the metal roof would disperse the electricity safely through the structure.
If you’re considering a new roof and haven’t considered a metal roof, don’t let old myths deprive you of a long lasting, low-maintenance, energy efficient metal roof.