FAQ On Metal Roofing Systems
Homeowners have a lot of questions and doubts about metal roofing systems. This roofing system has been traditionally used by businesses and commercial buildings. Rarely used for residences, the metal sheets were mainly used for covering the sheds and barn in rural households. But, recently we have found a gradual rise in the use of metal roofs. The reason is simple. Aesthetics of metal roofs have improved vastly with the arrival of beautiful shingles in different shades, textures and colors. Many traditional roofing materials have their look alike in metal roofing systems. Apart from this metal roofs have many advantages. They are long-lasting, durable and easy to install. They are easy to maintain too.
Here we try to answer a few queries people have about metal roofs:
Are metal roofs susceptible to lightening during a thunder storm?
No, metal roofs do not attract lightening. Lightening strikes the highest building in an area regardless of the material with which it is made. So, metal roofs are in no way more susceptible then other roofing materials unless it is the tallest building in the area. Have no fear in this regard if you are planning to buy a metal roofing system.
Does metal roof magnify the sounds of natural events like rain and hail?
No metal roofs are designed with proper design elements to completely deaden the sound of rain and hail striking its surface. The loud pinging sound usually associated with rain and flat metal sheets is also reduced to a great extent by the layer of felt and insulation under the metal roof. In addition the attic space, the ventilation all play a role in eliminating any sound the rain or hail makes when striking the metal surface. The makers of these roofs also offer foam inserts for the metal roofs to completely kill the sound off.
Can metal roofing systems withstand hail and wind?
Yes, today most roofing systems come with rating systems which indicates the extent of force they can withstand in a thunderstorm or hailstorm. Areas susceptible to such occurrences can select higher impact resistance and wind resistance metal roofs. The guarantees that accompany the impact resistance will also cover the damage to finish that a roof might suffer in a hailstorm. The warranty will cover any repairs or replacement your roof might need. This also, helps reduce your home owner’s insurance. Metal also does not loose strength as the years go by.
Is fire a problem with metal roofs?
No, metal roofs are immune to fire. They have some of highest fire ratings and are quite safe in areas prone to fire. The metal roof also does not cave in during a interior fire. It is light weight and stays in place.
Do metal roofing systems support foot traffic?
Metal roofs are able to support a good amount of foot traffic when needed. If you need to repair or replace old or worn out shingles then workers are able to access the required areas. However walking on shingles is not same as walking on the pavement. You are given clear instructions about where and how to walk. Follow them to avoid damage to roof and the finish. For a little more heavier foot traffic it is recommended to lay foam insert to protect the metal roof shingles from damage.