Metal roofing has been dealt a bad hand in home construction, thanks largely to the misconceptions surrounding using this type of roof. However, metal roofing has undergone numerous transformations that have made it much more viable than ever before. Even now though, uptake is low for metal roofs. This is a shame, because they have numerous benefits for homeowners. This post hopes to squash some of the myths surrounding metal roofing so that it can finally get the popularity it deserves.
Metal Roofing is NOT Noisy When It Rains
The notion that a professionally constructed metal roof will be noisy when it rains is, to put it simply, absurd. Many people assume it will sound like a corrugated iron shed, but this is far from reality. In fact, residential metal roofing is always going to be installed over insulation and a ceiling. This physical barrier is more than enough to dampen any errant sounds from rain hitting the metal roof. As a matter of fact, metal roofs will generally be no louder than any other type of roofing material.
A Metal Roof Will NOT Increase the Chances of Your Home Getting Struck by Lightning
This misconception seems to stem from a little bit of misplaced science, but it is a very common one. Metal can be a fantastic conductor for electricity, however lightning is not drawn to metal. Instead, lightning is always attempting to reach the ground, and often this includes metal because it is such a good conductor. So, your home is just as likely to be hit with lightning if the roof is tiled or metal. In fact, metal roofs are particularly safe because they are not combustible!
Metal Roofing Does NOT Rust Easily
When you think about metallic constructs that are forced to handle the elements for years, it is easy to conjure up ideas of rusted cars and sheds. However, a professionally fitted metal roof is always given a protective coating to counteract rust. With proper installation and maintenance, a metal roof will not rust for a long, long time. When one of the metal sheets eventually does reach the end of its long lifespan, the Zinc coating wears thin and the naked metal may be susceptible to slight rust. This is not a problem that should present itself for years or even decades with proper maintenance.
Hopefully, dispelling some of these myths can help promote metal roofing as a viable option for your home. There are huge benefits to be had that many people are missing out on because of some misconceptions. So, if you are in the market for some new roofing, try not to discount metal as a viable option.