If you are thinking of having a metal roof installed on your home then you need to do your homework. Weigh out the pros and cons of this roofing material to decide if it is the best option for you. It's important you know how to separate fact from myth when doing your research. This will help you make the best decision.
Myth: If You Use Metal Roofing Your House Will Get Struck By Lightning
Yes, metal does conduct electricity. Metal roofing, however, is non-combustible and considered to be one of the safest kinds of roofs you can install. If your home is struck by lightning a metal roof can disperse the electricity. You might find with other roofs if lighting strikes it can cause a fire and damage to the structure of the home.
If you're still taken by this myth you can put a lightning rod on the top of your home. A rod is made of metal as well and attached to a copper or aluminum wire. The wire is then placed in the ground nearby and attached to a conductive grid. This provides a low-resistance path to the ground that will protect your home and redirect the electrical current.
Myth: If You Use Metal Roofing It Will Rust
When looking into adding a metal roof to your home, you will see two types of extremely popular steel roofing: galvanized and galvalume. The fact is neither of these types will rust.
Galvanized Steel Roofing: Galvanized roofing utilizes zinc. This layer of zinc applied to the roofing makes it rust free.
Galvalume Steel Roofing: Galvalume roofing has not only a zinc layer, but an added layer of aluminum. Both these will ensure your roofing stays rust and corrosion free.
Myth: If You Use Metal Roofing You Will Spend Way More Money Yearly
The only truth is that it will cost you a little more upfront which will be worth it in the long run. You will save money. Other roofing will need to be replaced, metal roofing will last you decades. For example, metal roofing can last anywhere from 40 to 70 years. Compare that to traditional asphalt roofing which has a life expectancy of 12 to 20 years. The durability of the roofing material also adds to its charm and value as it can withstand wind gusts of up to 140 miles per hour.
Myth: If You Use Metal Roofing Your Roof Will Cave In Because It Is Heavy
Metal roofing is one of the lightest and most eco-friendly roofing materials you can utilize. The combination of its strength with the fact that it's so lightweight makes metal roofing caving in extremely unlikely.
Whether or not you decide to install metal roofing is a decision only you can make. Just be sure you don't get fooled by the myths that are out there about it before you make the choice. Contact local professionals, such as those from Premier Contractors, for further assistance.