Energy efficiency demand continues to grow, and more homeowners understand the benefits of green living. Metal roofs have been around for many centuries. For instance, the Romans used copper as their roofing materials. In the modern world, metal is re-shaping the residential roofing market. However, there are myths that ought to be debugged about metal roofing as they do not hold any water.
They attract lightning
It is true metal conducts electricity. However, lightning is not attracted to it. The general rule of construction is that lightning bolts are drawn to the highest object in any particular area. This explains why it commonly strikes trees and telephone poles rather than houses. Even if it struck this type of roof, electricity would disperse safely through it. Moreover, a grounded lightning rod is an adequate addition to a house, which is not surrounded by taller structures.
They are Heavy
You may be surprised to know that roofing materials such as tin, copper, and aluminum are 50% lighter as compared to asphalt shingles. Therefore, weight should not be an issue when it comes to protecting your home. Also, heavy tiles made of concrete, slate, or asphalt can increase the risk of your roofing collapsing during winter. During winter, heavy snow can accumulate on the hefty structure causing it to collapse.
They are Expensive
Off course metal roofing is expensive than asphalt shingles. However, it is cheaper than slate, tile, and cedar shingles. Also, metal has only high upfront costs, its extended life, and minimal maintenance make it cheaper than other materials in the long run. The money you can use on the maintenance of your roofs can be used to other things.
They stand out
Most homeowners fear replacing shingles with metallic materials that they will not match roofing styles in their neighborhood. Fortunately, most materials on the market are made to resemble tiles, slates, or shingles. In fact, it would be difficult for an average onlooker to tell whether you have copper, aluminum, or copper covering. The majority of residential materials are usually protected by a coating of aluminum, zinc, or an alloy of the two. The coating is very important as it prevents rust and corrosion from forming. This will extend the lifespan of your metal roofing.
They are noisy
In fact, metal roofs do not sound like a tin drum during the rains. However, you need to install a solid sheathing. The material is quiet just like asphalt shingles.