When you think about metal roofs, what do you picture? An old barn? Maybe a mobile home or big commercial building? Whatever you think of, you may have a preconceived list of reasons why you’d never get a metal roof.
“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 years ago, you may have been right to be concerned. These days not so much. Metal roofs have come a long way!
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 how custom made metal roofs can look great with just about any kind of home!
Why wouldn’t you want a roof that has all these benefits plus can last 50 years or more? For most, people just don’t know how metal roofs have changed and how they can be a great alternative to asphalt shingles.
Some of the more common questions/misconceptions are:
Aren’t Metal Roofs Loud When It Rains?
For homes, not anymore, You may be surprised to learn a metal roof can actually 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.
Will My Metal Roof Rust?
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.
Aren’t Metal Roofs Susceptible To Hail?
In most cases, no. Metal roof materials are made to be…well, roofs. Roofs must withstand most weather events, metal roofs aren’t an exception.
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.
Will A Metal Roof Attract Lightning To My Home?
NO, no, no. This is a myth. Though metal is an excellent conductor for electricity, lightning isn’t drawn to it.
Lightning is attracted to the tallest thing in the area, it doesn’t particularly care what it’s made of. Which is why most of the time it hits trees, poles, towers, and other tall things. It’s unusual for lightning to hit buildings, much rarer for homes. Metal or not, lightning isn’t attracted to materials.
Even if your home is unfortunately hit by lightning, you’ll want a metal roof. Being non-flammable and non-combustible, the metal roof would disperse the electricity safely through the structure, an asphalt roof won’t do that.
Can You 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.
If you’re considering a new roof and haven’t considered a metal roof, don’t let old myths and misconceptions deprive you of a long lasting, low-maintenance, energy efficient metal roof. Call you local roof contractor to schedule an estimate and see what a new metal roof can do for you!