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Metal Roof Myths

As a roofing contractor, you have undoubtedly seen how popular metal roofs are becoming for both homeowners and business owners. Even so, the metal roof has a negative reputation to many. There is a lot of false information going around about metal roofs. We wanted to go through each of these misconceptions and debunk them so that if a potential customer is unsure about their metal roof, you can put their mind at ease.

Metal Roofs Are Loud When it Rains

There is a misconception that metal roofs are louder than other types of roofs in the rain. There are often memories of old buildings with metal roofing being loud during rainstorms. However, because metal roofs are typically installed on top of another layer of roofing, usually with insulation right below it, metal roofs actually may be quieter than other types of roofs.

Metal Roofs Attract Lightning

Many people are concerned that metal roofs will attract lightning strikes. This idea is based on a false understanding of electricity. Metal may conduct electricity, but it won’t attract electricity. Actually, metal roofs are safer than wood roofs, for example, because metal won’t catch on fire because of a lightning strike.

A Metal Roof Will Heat Up the Building

Metal roofs don’t actually trap heat inside of the building at all; they will actually reflect the sun’s UV rays away from the building. This is because a metal roof is reflective.

Metal Roofs Will Be More Damaged by Hail

While hail certainly can damage a metal roof, there is not more of a chance of damage to the roof with metal as opposed to other materials. Metal roofs are more resistant to hail damage than other materials, however, as metal is generally a stronger material.

Walking on a Metal Roof is a Bad Idea

Many people think you can’t walk on metal roofs, but that isn’t true. You simply have to be more careful with where you are walking. If you keep your weight over the support beams that are under the metal roof, you will prevent damage.

These are just some of the misconceptions homeowners and business owners will have about metal roofs. When someone has these false ideas about metal roofs, you have the opportunity to educate them on all of the benefits associated with having a metal roof.