You might have noticed that there are far more metal roofs on residential homes than there used to be. Though asphalt shingles aren’t going anywhere any time soon, metal roofs are certainly growing in popularity—and for good reason. Metal roofs are sturdy, versatile, and easy on the environment. Though they have a higher up-front cost, metal roofs are an outstanding investment for your home.
Today, we’ll clear up a few misconceptions with a quick rundown on metal roofing in 5 areas.
Contrary to urban myth, nothing actually attracts lightning. Metal roofs are not a magnet for lightning strikes. While metal is a fantastic conductor of electricity, you have no higher risk of lightning striking with a metal roof than you do with an asphalt one. Should lightning hit your home, you’re safer with a metal roof since they’re fireproof. Combustible roofing materials, such as wood, can be much more dangerous when it comes to lightning strikes.
Almost everyone has had an older family member reminisce about “falling asleep to the sound of the rain on the metal roof.” Because of this, many people worry that having a metal roof will be noisy in the rain. While metal roofs might have been a noisy option in years gone by, with today’s building expectations, this isn’t a concern. If your home has insulation and attic space, you will likely hear no noise at all from the rain.
A lot of homeowners worry that their metal roof will dent in a hailstorm. Thankfully, a typical hailstorm would leave no trace on a quality metal roof. Should a storm pelt down golf ball-sized hailstones, you could probably expect a few dings and dents in anything, but generally, your metal roof will incur no damage. For even more durability, consider a stone-coated metal roof.
Researchers studying homeowner’s attitudes and actions found that metal roofing has jumped double digits in popularity in the United States in the last few years, but why is that? Metal roofing systems are in demand because homeowners are becoming more knowledgeable about their options. Homeowners want building supplies to be sustainable and environmentally friendly, and they want their homes to be energy efficient, too. Since metal roofing offers excellent durability and increased energy efficiency, it’s easy to see why more homeowners than ever before are choosing this material.
You can consider metal roofing as a lasting legacy. It’s highly likely that if you replace your home’s roof with a metal roof, it will be the last roof that your home ever needs. Metal roofing is extremely durable and easy to maintain. With proper care, a metal roof can last up to 70 years. Some options, like stone-coated metal roofing, have a minimum lifespan of 50 years.
When you are ready to tackle this home improvement project, call Rhoden Roofing to get the job done right. We are happy to provide you with a free estimate, so contact us today!
This article is part of our ‘Residential/ Steep Slope Materials’ Series. Learn more about:
- Asphalt Composite Shingles
- Metal Roofing
- Wood/ Cedar Roofing
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