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Myths and Misconceptions about Metal Roofs (Part 2)

Oct 15, 2017

Myths and Misconceptions about Metal Roofs (Part 2)

Oct 15, 2017
Myths and Misconceptions about Metal Roofs (Part 2)

Here at Hippo Roof, we are passionate about delivering the highest-quality roof possible to each one of our customers. We don’t cut corners, work uninsured, or make do with inferior building materials to make the job cost us less money. In fact, we do exactly the opposite, and that’s why we’ve chosen to specialize in metal roofs. They fit our philosophy of offering the customer a great deal that will have a tremendous lifetime value. However, not everyone understands just how beneficial a metal roof would be. In some cases, the thing that is keeping them from getting a metal roof is a misunderstanding or misconception about metal roofs. In our last blog post, we covered five myths and misconceptions that some people believe about metal roofs, and today, we’ll cover five more.

Myth #6: Metal roofs are deafeningly noisy when it rains. I wouldn’t be able to sleep with that.

Metal roofs got a bad rap for being noisy because of metal roof installation methods from 50 years ago. One thing that we’ll say is that many people find it extra-soothing to fall asleep to the sound of raindrops pattering on the roof. It is a form of white noise that has a way of putting them straight to sleep, and they sleep deeply and soundly.

However, if that’s not your thing, there’s good news. The installation method of your metal roof has a lot to do with whether or not you will hear much noise, and there are ways to put padding material between the metal and the plywood decking so that you’ll barely hear any sound.

If you’d like to talk with one of our customers and ask them about their experience with whether their metal roof is too noisy or not, Hippo Roof keeps a list on file of customers who are willing to act as a reference. If you need to, we can refer you to someone who is able to talk to you about their experience. At the end of the day, though, we’re confident that you won’t find your metal roof to be noisy, much less “deafening.”

Myth #7: Lightning will strike my metal roof

The background for this myth is that it is well known that metal acts as an electrical conductor. However, what’s not true is that a metal roof will do anything to attract lightning. You’re just as (un)likely to be hit by lightning with a metal roof as without one. However, here’s where the metal on your roof will benefit you. First, because it’s a conductive material, it will spread out the effect of the lightning strike if you ever do have one, lessening the effect at any one point. Second, because it’s not a combustible material, it will reduce your risk that that lightning strike will cause a fire, resulting in further damage to your home.

Rest assured that our professional metal roof installation crew will ensure that your metal roof is grounded properly so that if a lightning strike did occur, it would simply transfer that electricity directly into the ground.

Myth #8: Metal roofs are prone to rust

The old kind, yes. The new kind, not so much. We’ve all seen a disgusting metal roof that had unsightly rust streaks all up and down it, and we don’t blame you if you don’t want that on your house. We wouldn’t, either. But again, that rusty old roof was made from a kind of corrugated metal roofing that is completely different from the metal roofing of today. With high-tech coatings on the metal, your roof will resist rust (even in a climate with salty air like we have here in Florida) and continue to look great for years to come.

Myth #9: The fasteners on my metal roof are prime spots for leaks

OK, here’s a puzzle for you. Metal roofing panels are built with a series of holes in them, and the panels are installed by inserting screws through those holes and into the wood underneath. How do you protect the screw holes from leaking? Aren’t you just asking for water damage in every hole? No, you’re not. There are two main lines of defense against your metal roof ever leaking.

  1. Every screw is drilled down over a neoprene washer, which acts as an excellent sealant all by itself. Neoprene has a low rate of oxidation and is resistant to sun, weather, ozone, and aging. The water that reaches your screws, will be stopped in its tracks from getting any further.
  2. The screws themselves aren’t embedded straight into your roof. Instead, they’re screwed into a grid of special boards that are installed above your roof’s decking material. These boards are extremely unlikely to ever get the least bit wet, much less suffer decay from water damage. However, even if they did, it wouldn’t be your plywood decking or your trusses that were getting damaged—just the grid of overlaying boards, which are not nearly as essential to your home’s structural integrity.

Myth #10: There’s no way I could ever afford a metal roof

There’s no doubt that a metal roof is a desirable thing, but many people feel that metal roofs are a high-end item that must be out of their price range. Yes, it’s true that metal roofing tends to cost more than shingles, because the materials are more expensive and the people who install it have to be more skilled (driving labor costs up). However, what if there was a way that you could afford a metal roof after all? Maybe you can! With Hippo Roof, you have the opportunity to get a metal roof for the same price as shingles.* Now that’s a deal you can’t pass up. Why not schedule an interview with one of our roofing experts to go over the options with you and discuss an estimate of your price? You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.


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Getting an estimate is absolutely free and doesn’t require you to make any commitment. Get started with your metal roofing journey by getting more information about how much it would cost for you and what options you can choose from. We’ll be happy to answer all your questions, and there’s absolutely no risk to you. Contact us today to set up your appointment.