Whether your old roof is ready for replacement or you’re building a new home, the type of roof to install is an important decision. Asphalt shingles tend to be the most common choice for many people, however, metal roofing is becoming a popular choice here in Maine.
If you’ve never lived in a home with a metal roof, you may have several misconceptions about them. People tend to trust products they’re familiar with and be skeptical of things they’re not. Just remember that when metal ships were invented, many people thought they wouldn’t float!
As with ships, metal for roofs has many advantages, so let’s look at some of the popular myths about them and discuss the facts.
Myth #1: Metal Roofs Rust From the Rain
This is a common misconception, and not so surprising since everyone “knows” that steel rusts. But, modern steel roofing is made virtually rust-proof with either a zinc or zinc/aluminum coating, which is then covered by long-lasting paint.
Myth #2: Metal Roofs Are Loud in the Rain
When properly installed over solid sheathing, a metal roof is no louder than an asphalt roof.
Myth #3: A Metal Roof Increases the Likelihood of Lightning Strikes
Homes with metal roofs are actually a low-risk option for lightning storms. Lightning tends to hit higher objects such as trees and power lines. Just as a car is generally a safe place to be in a lightning storm, so is a house with a metal roof. If it is struck by lightning, the roof tends to disperse the energy safely.
Myth #4: Hail Will Dent a Metal Roof
Metal roofs are extremely durable and can withstand decades of exposure to harsh weather. A typical hailstorm will not dent a well-made, properly-installed metal roof. It would take a highly unusual hailstorm with extraordinarily large hailstones to cause dents.
Myth #5: Standing on a Metal Roof Will Damage It
Roofers, chimney cleaners, and other tradespeople regularly walk on metal roofs without causing damage. If you plan to clean your own gutters or do other work up there, standing on the roof won’t harm it. Just make sure your shoes are free of gravel and debris. (However, we recommend that all work done at such heights be performed by professionals taking proper safety precautions.)
Metal roofs are strong, durable and can be a beautiful alternative for your home. Learn more about metal roof installation here. For a free consultation to replace or install your roof in Midcoast Maine, contact us today.