Although metal roofing has been around for some time, it is still a relatively new kid on the block compared to other roofing materials such as asphalt. As a result, a world of myths has grown around metal roof durability and efficiency. If you consider metal as a potential roofing material for your next roof replacement project, you may wonder whether these myths are true. This post will help dispel the common myths surrounding metal roofs to make your decision based on facts, not misconceptions.
1. Metal Roofs Are Noisy When It Rains
One of the most popular statements to discourage homeowners from replacing their roofs with metal roofing is that it is noisy when it rains. But this is far from the truth. When your metal roof is done, you will have an insulation and roof deck between the roof and your living space. This means your home will be as noise-proof as it would be with other roofs.
2. Metal Roofs Are Susceptible to Lightning Strikes
Some homeowners are deterred from using metal in their roof replacement project because they heard that metal is prone to lightning strikes. But is this really true? The fact that metal is a well-known conductor does not mean lightning will bypass all the other roofing options and strike your metal roof. In truth, though quite rarely, lightning strikes the closest and tallest structure regardless of its material.
3. It Is Not Safe to Walk on a Metal Roof
Another fear about using metal as a roof replacement or installation material is that it is unsafe to walk on metal roofing. Well, it is never safe to walk on any roof, regardless of the material. You could slip and fall or cause costly damage to your roof. All roofing tasks that involve walking on the roof should be left to professional roofing contractors. Professionals can safely check your roof for damage and offer exceptional roof replacement or repair services.
4. Metal Roofs Make Your House Hot During the Warm Months
This is incorrect; if anything, metal roofs help keep your home's temperatures low during the warm months. Metal roofs reflect away heat and light that would otherwise raise your home's temperatures. Therefore, you could see a considerable drop in your electricity bill because you may not have to use your AC regularly.
Do not let any of the above myths deter you from installing metal roofing. Consult a roofing contractor from a company like Alliance Exteriors with a rich experience and reputation if you need more clarification. They will be happy to show you past metal roofing projects, share experiences with metal roofing, and help you choose the right metal roofing materials.