While metal roofing has been around in some form or another for many years, most homeowners prefer to opt for more traditional roofing styles of slate, asphalt, wood, or even thatch. The main ‘perceived’ issue for metal roofing is that it’s unsightly and ‘not in keeping’ with the rest of the house. In reality this couldn’t be further from the truth. Nowadays, metal roofing can be made to look like slate, wood, or even asphalt and can be weathered to blend in perfectly with its surroundings. If you’re still not convinced that metal roofing is for you, here are 3 myths you really shouldn’t believe.
Myth number 1 – Metal roofing is noisy when it rains
While it’s agreed that corrugated roofing can be incredibly noisy when it rains, metal roofing which is applied to residential housing isn’t. The reason is because most metal roofing is laid on top of a wood frame structure. The wood then acts as a sound barrier by absorbing the noise of the rain. In fact most people who have installed metal roofs onto their properties suggest that there is no noticeable difference whatsoever.
Myth Number 2 – Metal roofing attracts lightening
You’d be forgiven for thinking that metal roofing probably isn’t the greatest of materials to have on your roof in the event of a lightening strike but you’d be wrong. On the contrary, because metal roofing is both an electrical combustor and a non-combustible material the risks associated with it are minimal. Aside from this, lightening is attracted to high points, thin points, and materials that cover large areas of ground, so the likelihood of a lightening strike on your property depends more on the height, shape, and size, of your building rather than whether or not you have a metal roof.
Myth 3 – Metal roofing needs extra support because it weighs so much
Aside from materials such as thatch, metal is one of the lightest materials you can have for roofing. Did you know for example that a standard metal roof is three times less than the weight of asphalt, less than 10% of the weight of slate and other roofing tiles, and just one-twentieth of the weight of concrete.
Now for a metal roofing truth…..
Metal roofing is more expensive than most other roofing materials – Fact!
While metal roofing costs more to install, it’s worth remembering that other roofing materials have shorter lifespans. As a result they’ll need to be replaced more frequently. In addition, because a metal roof doesn’t show wear and tear or signs of weathering, it will continue to enhance the look of your property for many years to come.
At Metro Steel we’ve been in the fabrication industry for many years and during this time have made everything from stairs and mezzanine floors to concise machine parts and metal roofing panels. If you need a metal fabricator and you’re in the Kabi Circuit area of Deception Bay, then give us a call today on 07 3204 1000 and let us give you a free, no obligation quote.