Understanding The Basics Of Metal Roofing

Whether you're living in a home that has a metal roof already or you're considering installing one, chances are good that you've probably heard a lot of the different misconceptions out there about these roofs. Unfortunately, these misconceptions often lead people to bypass a metal roofing installation. The good news is that, when you learn the facts, you can see that metal roofing is a valuable, worthwhile investment for your home. Here's a look at a few things you need to know.

Metal Roofing Doesn't Rust Easily

One of the biggest reasons why many people don't opt for metal roofing is out of fear that the roofing material will be highly susceptible to rust development. After all, metal rusts, right? The truth is that, while metal roofing isn't impervious to rust issues, it's far more resistant than you might think.

Metal roofing materials are treated with rust inhibitors and coated with a barrier material to protect against rust issues. As long as you take proper care of your metal roof, you won't need to worry about rust vulnerability any time in the immediate future.

Metal Roofing Won't Make Your House Hot

If you have ever been down a metal slide in the middle of the summer, you know how well metal can absorb heat. Unfortunately, the same holds true for your home's metal roof. It will absorb heat. Despite this, though, you won't find that your metal roof causes your house to heat up.

In fact, the barrier between the roof and your home and a properly ventilated attic will ensure that your home doesn't suffer any heat issues due to the metal on your home's roof. In addition, you can have metal roofing coated with a reflective surface that keeps the sun and heat away.

Metal Roofing Doesn't Attract Lightning

It's a commonly shared myth that metal roofing increases your home's risk of a lightning strike. In fact, metal roofing isn't any more vulnerable to lightning strikes than any other type of metal structure or roofing material. 

Metal conducts electricity, but it doesn't attract it. In fact, the newer metal roofing materials are created so that, if they are struck by lightning, the roof will channel that electricity directly to the ground to protect your home from damage.

These are a few of the more important things you should know about metal roofing before you decide whether or not to install it. Reach out to a roofing contractor near you today for more information.