Home Roofing Misconceptions – Educate Yourself

Home Roofing Misconceptions – Educate Yourself

November 22, 2019 Off By Helen Olsson

Granted, not all of us are roofing experts and as a result have some common roofing misconceptions which have perhaps been passed down from father to son. This is particularly true in regard to metal roofs. This article will attempt to dispel some of age-old myths and bring the reader up to date with the traits of modern metal roofing. Some of the misconceptions you will have heard about, others maybe not.

Common Myths and Misconceptions about Metal Roofing

Please see below for a selection of the most common misconceptions regarding metal roofing. There are more but we have included the 4 most common misconceptions. 

  • Metal roofing is noisy – Myth – Providing the roof is insulated with the right sound deafening overlays, they are actually much quieter than many other roofs. Of course, if you are talking about an old metal roof on a farm outhouse, it may be noisy, particularly when it rains or hails. However, unless you are stranded in an old barn or actually work on a farm, you are unlikely to experience this. The insulation that specialist roofing contractors install in both domestic and commercial properties today ensure there is minimal noise emanating from the roof in the event of inclement weather.
  • Metal roofing make homes cold during the winter months – Myth – Another misconception is that metal roofs make a home cold during winter. Again, providing adequate insulation is installed, a metal roof will in fact do the opposite and keep it warmer during those cold winter months. As an added bonus, an insulated metal roof can also keep those inevitable power bills down as well.
  • It is more likely to be struck by lightning – Myth – This is a misconception that people refuse to let go of even after being advised by roofing contractors. Lightning is no more attracted to metal than any other material and commonly strikes the highest point in an area such as trees or flag poles. For people who still hold this misconception close to their hearts, a lightening conductor can be cheaply and easily installed by a roofing contractor.
  • It can go rusty quickly – Myth – This is another misconception that was likely handed down through the generations and although it might have been true for roofs of 30-40 years ago, it’s certainly not the same today. Metal roofs of the 21st century are coated with zinc and aluminium which provide a more than adequate barrier against rusting. In fact, a metal roof today will maintain its pristine appearance for a lot longer than roofs made of other materials.
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So, there you have it – 4 of the most common misconceptions about metal roofs dispelled. If you have been advised that a metal roof is suitable for your home or business premises, you can let the roof contractors proceed at will. If you have any questions about the suitability of metal roofing for your particular requirements, all you need to do it ask.  

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