Here at Hippo Roofing, we love metal roofs. In the previous 20 blogs we’ve told you all about how a metal roof will beat an asphalt roof 99 times out of a hundred. But did you know that metal roofs tend to be safer than traditional shingled roofs? Let’s take a look at the ways that a metal roof can beat asphalt.
During a Fire
When a house is on fire and deemed a total loss from the fire department, they spend almost off of their efforts spraying water on the house next to the one that’s on fire so that any of the burning ash that falls on the neighboring roof is immediately extinguished.
While asphalt shingles might look fireproof, their petroleum nature betrays them. They won’t go up like a candle, but homes with regular shingles are certainly less fireproof than those with a metal roof.
Beware the Nails
One of the worst parts about getting a typical shingle roof on is that it has to be put on with roofing nails. While roofers try to avoid losing nails, it’s bound to happen again and again. After all, they’re working quickly and want to get those shingles on as quickly as possible.
The nails fall down the slant of the roof, and some of them bounce right over the gutters and into your yard (a responsible roofing company will send a magnetic roller over your yard and pick up most of these when they’re done). But many of them end up in the gutters and don’t wash down for weeks. They end up on the ground or in the rocks, just waiting for a pet or shoeless child to head out and step on one.
You Don’t Have To Check Them
One of the most common ways people get hurt outside the home is falling off a ladder. Sometimes it’s trying to spray a wasp nest, other times it trimming trees. But of the most common ways people get hurt is falling off a roof while checking on shingles or trying to replace that one that fell off by themselves. When you have a metal roof, that’s no longer a concern. There’s no need to check your roof; it’s on and it’s going to stay on!
Because a traditional shingled roof is in so many small pieces, each about 3-feet by 1-foot long, they’re more likely to separate and go flying during high winds. When this happens you don’t want to be outside, because they can be deadly. Each shingle is around two pounds and has sharp edges, so you can probably guess why you’ll want to avoid the area if a shingled roof is coming apart. One of our metal roofs won’t be coming off anytime soon, as they are held together with stainless steel bolts.
We sell metal roofing at Hippo Roofing because we believe in it, and we know the myriad of advantages that it can deliver to our customers. Typical asphalt shingles are okay, but they’re nothing when compared to the amazing aspect you’ll find with metal roof installation. When you’re ready to get the best roof you’ve ever had, contact Hippo!