There are several myths floating around about Metal Roofs. Let us debunk them.
Some people think that a metal roof will increase the likelihood of lightning striking your home. However, if you have a metal roof and it is hit by lightning, your metal roof would disperse the energy safely throughout the structure. In contrast, a standard shingle roof is much more combustible and will feed a fire. Since metal roofing isn't combustible or flammable, it's a low risk and desirable roofing option where extensive lightning, like we have in Tulsa and Kansas City, is concerned
A common misconception is that a metal roof will be noisier than other types of roofing. When installed with solid sheathing, a metal roof on your home will actually silence noise from rain, hail and bad weather, many times much better than other roofing materials. Those of us who live in Tulsa and Kansas City know how noisy hail can be on traditional roofs. With all the insulation, imagine how much sound dampening a metal roof can bring.
Today's metal roofing systems are built to last. Steel metal roofing has a "metallic coating" made of either zinc or a combination of zinc and aluminum. This metallic coating prevents rust from forming and is bonded to the steel at the factory. Paint is then applied over the metallic coating to provide long-lasting color that homeowner's desire. This is certainly a concern in Tulsa and Kansas City where we receive quite a bit of wet weather.
A metal roof can withstand decades of abuse from extreme weather like hail, high winds, and heavy snow. Today's systems also have a 150-mph wing rating (equal to an F5 tornado), meaning your metal roof is also safe from wind gusts that can accompany hail storms. Tornados are known to rip through areas like Tulsa and Kansas City. You will have a lot of peace of mind knowing that your metal roof will not just fly off like so many standard roofs do in high wind situations.
People think you can't, or shouldn't, walk on a metal roof. The truth is that you can walk on any metal roof without damaging it. Before you walk on your roof, however, we recommend you talk to your installer or roof manufacturer first. They will have the details on how to walk the particular roof you have, based on the style you chose and your roof pitch. In Oklahoma and Missouri, we receive A LOT of intense weather. Think of the comfort afforded to you knowing that your metal roof is going to last for a long time.