Metal roofing is strong, energy-efficient, and aesthetically pleasing when installed correctly. However, many home and property owners tend to steer clear of the metal option due to some myths that circulate around it. At Divine Roofing, Inc., we always want to be honest with our clients and provide them with useful information regarding their investment. Along this line of thinking, we are here today to debunk five metal roofing myths you may have heard before and believed.
Myth #1: Metal roofing attracts lightning.
The truth: Remember when your parents told you not to wear metal in the thunderstorm, or else you’d get struck by lightning? This common parental hint seems to be the root of the myth that metal roofing will attract lightning. Yes, metal conducts electricity, but no, metal roofing won’t attract it. You need a lightning rod – or a piece of metal that sticks way up above your home – if you actually want to attract lightning. On the positive side, if your home is struck, your metal roofing cannot burst into flames, as traditional wood-based roofing might.
Myth #2: You’ll hear each and every drop of rain under a metal roof.
The truth: Metal roofing approved for your home or business will likely be installed on top of a preexisting roof. When rain hits such a metal roof, the sound it creates will be absorbed by the metal roof, the roof below it, and any attic space you might have. This is why sometimes metal roofs are quieter than homes with tiles and other roofing finishes. The only time you will hear the clang of rain on a metal roof is if you’re standing in a tin shack.
Myth #3: Hail will destroy a metal roof over time.
The truth: Big lumps of hail that threaten to damage your car on the street will also dent up your metal roof, right? Possibly, but there’s no guarantee that hail that is strong enough to dent metal roofing would not have also cracked and marred roofing of any other kind, not to mention break windows and other parts of your property. If you get a metal roof that is textured, you will probably not be able to notice small dents anyway.
Myth #4: It isn’t safe to walk on metal roofing.
The truth: Realistically, it isn’t safe to walk on any type of roofing if you aren’t careful and haven’t been instructed on how to do it properly. Walking upon a metal roof poses no additional risk than any other type of roofing. With that said, please do not walk on the roof of your house unless you are confident you know what you are doing. Please ask a professional for help instead.
Myth #5: Your house is going to freeze in the winter with a metal roof.
The truth: The outer layer of your home’s roofing – be it metal, wood, ceramic tile, etc. – will rarely make any noticeable difference on the inside temperature of your home. That job rests upon the insulation that you use and the efficiency of your home’s heater or air conditioner. Fear not, a metal roof won’t turn your house into a freezer if you live in a snowy area.
If you have more questions about metal roofing, or if you have heard an interesting myth we didn’t list here, feel free to contact Divine Roofing, Inc. and our Colorado Springs roofing specialists. Contact us today to learn about our services, our multiple industry awards, and our service area.