(Article Excerpt and Image from Materials: The Advantages of a Metal Roof, Houzz)
When people talk about home renovations, the first thing that comes to mind is a remodeled living room or an updated kitchen. When it comes to home improvement, however, not many focus on the very thing above their heads—the roof. If it’s time to upgrade a house’s roof, a great option is metal roofing, as Becky Harris writes in her article posted at Houzz.com:
Are you interested in making your house more energy efficient, adding a beautiful and striking major design element, and never having to replace your roof again? Consider a metal roof. […] The practical advantages of a metal roof are that it makes your home safer in harsh weather and can significantly cut down on your energy bills. Aesthetically, a metal roof is versatile in design to complement many architectural styles, from a century old farmhouse to a contemporary home.
Despite the aesthetic and functional advantages of metal roofing however, many homeowners still harbor misconceptions about them. Below are some of the most prevalent myths—and the hard facts—about metal roofs:
METAL ROOFING IS NEW
Metal roofing is anything but new. The Hildesheim Cathedral in Germany was fitted with a copper roof in 1230, and it survived until World War II bombings destroyed it. Thomas Jefferson, one of the founding fathers and the third president of the United States, used tin shingles to roof his beloved plantation, Monticello. Aside from tin and copper, metal roofing in Tampa nowadays can also be made from galvanized steel or aluminum.
METAL ROOFS ARE LIGHTNING RODS
Metal roofs are no more susceptible to lightning strikes than other roofing materials. Lightning tends to strike things that are tall and thin, not necessarily those that are made of metal. Even if lightning does strike it, fires are less likely to start because metal is not easily combustible and the roof will just safely disperse the electrical current.
METAL ROOFS ARE NOISY
A Swedish study conducted by the University of Lulea’s The Acoustic Group found that there is only a six decibel difference between metal and shingle roofs when rain falls on them. Also, a metal roof’s wooden deck, foam boards, and attic insulation will further diminish such sounds.
If you’re thinking about replacing your old roof with a metal roofing system, you should get in touch with a trusted contractor like Arry’s Roofing Services, Inc. that can explain or maybe even show you the benefits of a metal roof in Tampa and dispel any concerns or misconceptions you might have.