Metal roofs are among the most popular roofing systems today, and can be installed on any type of sloped roof. In this blog, the residential roofers at JTI Roofing share quick facts about metal roofs.
1. Metal Roofing Has Superior Impact Resistance — Metal is naturally resilient and does not shatter or get punctured when hit by hail and airborne debris. Getting dented instead of punctured during a storm makes the difference between a minor roof repair and a major insurance claim that takes weeks.
2. Metal Is Lighter Than Most Roofing Materials — Sheet metal is much lighter than most types of roofing materials on the market. This is a considerable advantage for roofing structures that only support lightweight material, as roofing contractors will only need to perform minimal to no changes when installing a metal roof.
3. Metal Roofing Has a Longer Life Span — A typical asphalt shingle roof is expected to last 20 to 30 years, with proper care and maintenance. Metal roofs typically last almost twice at 50 years and have lower maintenance requirements. Metal roofs also take less time to repair. Also, finding replacement parts that match damaged roofing isn’t difficult.
4. Metal Roofing Is Quieter — There’s a common misconception that metal roofs are noisy when it rains, perhaps due to sheds that utilize corrugated metal sheets that are, indeed, noisy. But metal roofing systems are different. They’re installed on roofing structures that have decking and insulation. When properly installed, a metal roof is actually much quieter compared to asphalt shingle or wood shake roofs.
5. Metal Roofing Does Not Attract Lightning — Here’s another misconception: metal roofs attract lightning. But the fact is, lightning is attracted by the tallest grounded structure in the area, which could be a tree or a church spire. This means your home, regardless of roofing, is less likely to get hit by lightning. Here’s another fact: a metal roof that gets hit by lightning disperses electricity more efficiently than other roofing systems, making it a safer place to take shelter in during a thunderstorm.