When it comes to Australian roofing, metal is very popular and there are plenty of good reasons why. Metal roofs are made to withstand Australia’s wild weather and they’re a great visual addition too. Despite this, there are still a few common misconceptions about metal roofs.
Today we’re going to separate fact from fiction and dispel some of the myths that we hear the most.
1. Metal Roofs Mean Loud Noise When it Rains
When you think of the classic tin roof on your shed, you probably think of the loud noise of the rain. So, is this what you should expect with a residential metal roof?
When you install a residential roof, you also include a roof deck that is made to be sturdy. This will provide a barrier that will inhibit any noise from the raindrops. So no, you won’t have to worry about amplified noise with your new roof.
2. Metal is Much Heavier
Metal is such a dense and sturdy substance, but will it weigh your roof down? The easy answer to that is no. While metal is strong, it is also generally much lighter than concrete, asphalt, fibre cement, and other common roofing counterparts.
3. Metal Roofing Looks Tacky
As the popularity of metal roofing has grown, so too has its aesthetic appeal. Colorbond metal roofs are the quality standard when it comes to appealing rooftops. Colorbond is not only incredibly strong and durable, but it is also available in 22 designer colours to match your home, from contemporary to traditional.
4. You Increase the Risk of Being Struck by Lightning
It is true that your roof has a higher risk of being struck by lightning because lightning goes for the highest point in any area. However, lightning isn’t attracted to metal. It will strike the highest point anywhere, regardless of the material. So when it comes to your roof and lightning strikes, you don’t really need to worry about metal.
5. Metal Roofs Are Very Hot
Any surface that’s higher than the ground and constantly exposed to the sun is going to get hot. Metal roofs don’t get any hotter than their tile, concrete or asphalt counterparts, though. In fact, metal can release solar heat a lot faster than asphalt shingles.
Couple this with “cool” Colorbond colours that reflect solar heat and you will actually reduce the heat in your home. This will also save you money in the long run because your home won’t get as hot in the summer and can save on cooling costs.
6. Metal Roofing Will Dent Under Pressure
If you always compare residential metal roofing to the tin roof on a barn, you’ll always think that it’s inferior. On the contrary, strong metal roofs will not dent or bend under pressure. You could even walk on them without fear of damaging the roof (not that we recommend it). At the end of the day, strong steel coupled with a solid roof deck will provide ample security and durability.
7. Metal Rusts
When it comes to modern metal roofs, you don’t have to worry about rust. Colorbond roofing is made with five layers of protection, including BlueScope steel’s metallic coating, which provides enhanced corrosion resistance, a corrosion inhibitive primer, and a strong topcoat.