Debunking the Myths About Metal Roofing

Residential metal roofs

There are a number of options when it comes to your home’s exterior. As an especially vital and vulnerable part of the house, your roof needs to be strong, durable, and able to withstand your area’s weather.

Asphalt shingles are the most commonly used material for roofing in the United States. However, a typical metal roof will last up to seven times longer than one with asphalt shingles. In fact, a properly maintained metal roof can last over 50 years.

Metal roofing has been the victim of undeserved scorn, while asphalt shingles have ruled the industry. But before you choose a roof, make sure you have all the facts. The following is a list of three common misconceptions about metal roofs.

Myths About Metal Roofing

  1. A metal roof will make your house more likely to be hit by lightning: This simply is not true. Yes, metal is a highly conductive material. However, the exact location where lightning strikes is determined by geography and topography. In other words, if lightning is discharged above your house, it’s not going to change its course just because of your roof’s material. Furthermore, lightning tends to strike the first thing it reaches, so tall trees or taller buildings are more likely to be hit. The metal on your roof is not a dominant factor, location and size are.

    It is also worthwhile to note that lightning rods were not created to “attract” lightning. Rather, their purpose to to channel lightning safely into the ground.
  2. It will be extremely noisy when it rains: In reality, the opposite is true. Metal roof contractors actually install a layer of sheathing that goes between the metal and the surface of your current roof. This actually controls the noise, rather than amplify it.
  3. A metal roof will make my house cold in the winter: Metal roofing does not have an effect on the temperature of your home. The insulation in the attic is what is meant to trap heat. Other types of roofs like wood and asphalt shingles are more likely to be damaged or wear with age; when that happens it allows for the presence of holes or weak spots that will let in cold air.

When you picture a metal roof you might visualize a barn or a shack with a tin roof. It’s not pretty. However, modern roofing companies offer metal roofs in over 100 colors and can be designed to look like wood, stone, and other materials to suit the style of your home.

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