When you think about metal roofs, what do you picture? An old barn? Maybe a mobile home or big commercial building? Metal roofs bring up all sorts of mental pictures, but few people think of homes.
“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!”. All valid concerns, 30 or 40 years ago, metal roofs have come a long way since then.
A Metal Roof Is A Green Roof
Today. new advances have made it so metal roofs are not only some of the most quiet, sturdy, energy efficient roofs around, they can also be made to look great with just about any kind of home!
For those considering a metal roof for their house, some may get hung up on the reputation old metal roofs rightfully had. As they were valid concerns at the time, it’s only fair to apply these same questions to the metal roofs of today.
Today we answer some of the more common questions about metal roofs homeowners have asked.
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.
What About 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.
What About Hail? Won’t It Destroy My New Metal Roof?
In most cases, no. Metal roof materials are made to be roofs. Thus these roofs must withstand most weather events, metal roofs aren’t an exception.
Using higher end materials, today’s metal roofs can withstand even a F2 Tornado! Of course, like any roof, metal roofs aren’t indestructible, in fact very large hail and debris impacts have been known to dent even the toughest metal roofs, but outside of these rare events, your metal roof should persevere through many a hailstorm.
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 that are hit by lightning. It’s unusual for lightning to hit buildings, much rarer for homes.
Besides, if your home is unfortunately hit by lightning, you’d want a metal roof anyhow. Being non-flammable and non-combustible, the metal roof would disperse the electricity safely through the structure in ways other materials cannot.
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.