Metal Roofing Myths Uncovered

So you still think that modern metal roof will sound like a machine gun rattle when it rains? Find out what stories about metal roofing are just pure myths, and which ones actually hold ground… After reading these tips you will gain a better understanding and appreciation for metal roofing.

Here are the top 5 myths associated with metal roofing.

Myth 1: Metal roof has a higher risk of getting struck by a lightning.

Reality; No metal roofing does not increase the chances of your house getting struck by a lightning.

In fact, if your house does get struck, metal roof will help to dissipate the charge, and because metal is a non combustible material, your roof will not catch fire.

Myth 2: Metal roofing makes a lot of noise when it rains.

Reality; You are probably thinking about that old cheap metal roof over the barn that used to sound like a machine gun burst when it is raining…

Modern metal roofing is usually installed over a plywood, solid sheathing, or over your existing roof.

It will make no more noise than a regular asphalt shingle roof. Oftentimes metal roof will be quieter than a non metal roof, and will shield the noise from rain and bad weather.

Myth 3: Metal roofing costs a lot of money.

Reality; It may seem like it does, but it really does not! You may be surprised but, metal roof actually costs less than the asphalt shingle roof when you stay in your house long enough. Not only will it increase the value of your house, but it will also help you save money on cooling costs. And finally, metal roof may well be the last roof you will ever have to install on your house. Here is an example of the cost of metal roofing vs asphalt shingle roof.

Myth 4: Metal Roof is susceptible to rust.

Reality; Modern metal roofing is built to last for decades. Steel metal roofing has a metal coating protection layer made with zinc or aluminum, which is bonded to the steel and then painted with a high quality paint designed to withstand the toughest abuse from the bad weather, and provide the desirable color and good looks that homeowners want.

Myth 4: Metal Roof is susceptible to dents.

Reality; Modern metal roofs are built to withstand years of abuse from severe weather such as hail, extreme winds, and snow. Hail will not dent a metal roof, and extreme high winds are not a threat either as many metal roofing systems today are rated for 120mph winds. In fact, metal roofs perform extremely well in the hurricane. It is not unusual to see the metal roof with no damage, next to naked regular roofs that have lost all its shingles and plywood.

Myth 5: You cannot walk on metal roof without damaging it.

Reality; While you should definitely take all the necessary precautions before venturing out for a walk on your roof, metal roofs are completely walkable. I would recommend using running shoes such as asics, because they will provide good traction for your feet when on the roof. Avoid walking on your roof when its raining as you could easily slip and fall. Rule of thumb is to stay of the roof whenever its surface is wet. Contact your roofing contractor for special techniques on how to walk on the metal roof they have installed.

Author: Paul Kleinmeulman

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