Metal roofs have long been used on commercial properties, but their popularity in residential use is increasingly growing. While they’re not storm proof, metal roof systems are resistant and strong. A modern residential metal roof is less prone to damage from water, hail, wind, fire, and lightning.
With the dangers of wildfires, a metal roof will prove to be a good investment. Metal roofs are the most fire-safe of all types of roofing materials.
Unlike petroleum-based asphalt shingles and wood shake, metal is generally noncombustible and offers your home a high degree of fire protection. Metal roofs carry a Class A fire-resistant rating, the highest possible.
Strong winds can happen anywhere, but when an extreme windstorm hits an area, many homeowners are left with some degree of roof damage. Metal is an extremely durable roofing solution which delivers great protection from strong winds. They can withstand gusts of wind of up to 140 mph.
Metal roofing systems consist of large interlocking panels which resist uplift caused by high winds.
Contrary to popular belief, metal roofs do not increase the risk of lightning strikes. Lightning seeks a direct path to ground, which explains why telephone poles and trees attract lightning. Metal roofs are structural components with no direct path to ground.
If metal roofing happens to get struck by lightning, it provides better protection than conventional roofing materials as it safely disperses the energy. Since metal is fireproof, a strike is much less likely to start a fire.
Hail can break, tear-off, and split conventional roofing materials, resulting in hefty repair and replacement costs. It would take a large piece of hail to cause such problems to a metal roofing system. Metal roofs are tough and strong enough to withstand considerable hail damage.
In a very severe storm, there’s the risk of hail causing dents and punctures on the surface, but the damage is significantly less than with other types. It’s also easier to detect damage and have it repaired right away.
Metal roofing can prevent water damage. Due to the interlocking panels, metal roofing systems have fewer entry points of water and they are also not susceptible to uplift. Snow and ice easily slide off since metal conducts heat from the sun. This saves your home’s structure from additional weight and also reduces the risk of damage from melting snow.
Have a Reputable Roofer Install Your Metal Roof
Installing a metal roof is a complicated process with so many details to follow. Although metal roofs are strong, resistant to harsh elements, and long-lasting, complications arising from improper installation will reduce their effectiveness and lifespan.
It’s important to work with a contractor who is experienced with metal roofing. As your trusted roof contractor in the greater Puget Sound Area, you can count on the team at Guardian Homes to get the installation done right the first time. Contact us today to learn more about our services!