There are many materials for roofing, all with their own unique set of strengths and weaknesses. Steel roofing has always been a dependable option. After all, steel is extremely strong and can last for many years.
However, unfortunately, some untruths about steel roofing have been doing the rounds, making steel roofing seem like a less-than-ideal option for your roofing needs. Let’s go ahead and debunk them.
Here are some common misconceptions about steel roofing, along with reasons why they’re not accurate:
Depending on the kind of steel roofing installed, it’s true that it can be a little more expensive upfront. However, over time steel roofing becomes cheaper because it requires far less maintenance, replacements and repairs than other kinds of roofing. Steel roofing ages extremely well and requires very little upkeep in the long run.
It Attracts Lightning
Although steel is a good conductor of electricity, a steel roof will not be at more risk of lightning strikes than any other kind of roof. Moreover, your steel roof will be grounded so that even if it were to be struck, the electricity would pass harmlessly into the ground. If anything, a steel roof is probably safer because it can’t catch on fire the way some other roof materials can.
It Doesn’t Regulate Temperature Well
Steel roofs actually regulate temperature better than some other roofing materials. Steel roofs possess highly reflective and emissive properties. This means that they reflect heat well and do not retain it either. A steel roof is actually more likely to keep your home cool in the summer than a shingle roof might. In winter, the steel acts as an insulator to keep your home warm.
It’s Prone To Rust
Old steel roofing technologies might have been prone to rust, but not modern steel roofing. Today, not only is steel roofing made with special alloys that resist rust, but they are also coated well and can be painted with further coatings that will protect it from rusting for many years. A fresh coat of rust-resistant coating every few years will be more than enough to prevent rust.
It Makes A Noise In The Rain
This is only true if you simply slap a piece of roofing down without any insulation or coating applied. When done professionally, your steel roof won’t make any more noise than a regular roof might. Layers of insulation and special coatings on steel roofing make it unlikely to be any noisier than any other kind of roof.
It Dents Easily
Steel roofing is surprisingly strong. It would take a significant amount of force to dent even the lightest gauge steel roofing – the kind of force that would easily shatter a clay or slate tile. It’s highly unlikely that your roofing will ever be faced with such a powerful force in any event.
We at Roofing Supermarket have a wide range of steel roofing options to meet your needs. Speak to our experts for advice and to get a quote now!