Metal roofing has become an increasingly popular choice for both new and existing homes across Sydney. Naturally, with this popularity, there have been a number of myths and misconceptions surrounding the product, leading to a lot of confusion in the community.
Number 1: Your Metal Roof Will Attract Lightning During Storms
This is probably the most common concern of homeowners when deciding on whether to install metal roofing on their properties. There is a lot of talk out there, especially in schools, about how metal conducts electricity. Lightning rods, for example, are made of metal for this very reason. But there is a distinction. Metal conducts electricity, but it doesn’t attract it. Lightning will follow a natural path towards an area’s highest point with the direct path to the ground. As your roof will not be connected to the ground, there is no greater chance of it being struck when made out of metal than any other material.
Number 2: Walking on a Metal Roof is Impossible
Cleaning gutters and maintaining solar panels can be very difficult from a distance, so walking on your roof is sometimes a must. Metal may be marginally more slippery than other materials due to its smoother surface, but this should not impede any mobility or safety. Contact a roofing contractor about how best to manoeuvre on your roof is always your best option (regardless of materials).
Number 3: Metal Roofs are Set to Rust
Metal is likely to rust when consistently exposed to water, and when it is protecting your home from years of rain, naturally there is a similar expectation. Which is why, to prevent this, modern metal roofs are applied with protective coating to protect its integrity and aesthetics for decades.
Number 4: Metal Roofs Are Likely to Heat Up Your Home
Sydney is famous the world over for its beautiful sunshine, but for those of us who live here, we would like to keep our homes cool and comfortable as much as possible. Fortunately, metal deflects the sun’s thermal radiation instead of absorbing it and heating up your home.