Top Metal Roofing FAQs: Are Metal Roofs Noisy, Energy Efficient & More
As metal roofing specialists, we’re asked a lot of questions by curious customers who need guidance and clarification before choosing a metal roof for their home or business premises. We also run into more than a few misconceptions, so we thought we’d answer some of our most commonly asked questions right here.
Q: Are metal roofs noisy when it rains?
A: A common metal roofing myth is how loud they’ll be during a rainstorm. In fact, metal roofs are about as noisy as your standard asphalt roof. The underlay material between the timber and the metal sheet itself dampens any noise, and if a roof is properly insulated and sound dampened with additional layers, a metal roof can be distinctly quieter than an asphalt roof.
Q: Are metal roofs environmentally friendly?
A: They are. Metal roofs are typically constructed using recycled materials. Their long lifespan – and recyclability once that lifespan is over – means metal roofs are one of the most environmentally roofing options you can find. Find out more here.
Q: Are metal roofs energy efficient?
A: Of the numerous benefits of metal roofing, its high energy efficiency is perhaps the most valuable. Metal roofs reflect radiant heat from the sun – keeping things cool in the summer. And insulation is simple to install, ensuring you won’t lose large amounts of heat through your roof.
Q: Are metal roofs fire resistant?
A: If you’re concerned about fire safety, then a metal roof is the way to go. Metal roofing materials are famously fire resistant – one of the reasons they’re so popular for commercial properties.
Q: Do metal roofs need maintenance?
A: Metal roofs typically require little to no maintenance over their lifespan. You’ll need to carry out periodic inspections – and perhaps sweep dead leaves and debris off the roof every now and then – but metal roofs don’t have the maintenance issues asphalt roofs have. This fact alone can save you a lot of money in the long run.
Q: Do metal roofs increase the value of your house?
A: While it’s hard to judge what actually adds value to a property, it’s safe to say that all the benefits of a metal roof will certainly make your house more attractive to prospective buyers. If your home is more energy efficient – and won’t require much if any roof maintenance – then this already saves any new owner a nice bundle. This can be a valuable selling point when marketing your home.
Q: Can a metal roof be painted?
A: Yes, you can paint any metal roof with ease. Periodically repainting your roof might even be advantageous. Not only can you regularly refresh the aesthetic of your roof, but adding a new coat will help to prolong its lifespan.
Q: Does metal roofing attract lightning?
A: This is another common misconception that can frighten some homeowners out of buying a metal roof. No, metal roofs won’t attract lightning. There are many factors that determine what lightning will strike. These include: height and size of a structure, surrounding geography, topography and relative location of the structure. If you are worried about lightning, you can install a lightning rod on your property.
Q: Do metal roofs interfere with mobile phone reception?
A: No, metal roofs will have no effect on phone reception, call quality or anything of the like. Unless you live in an area with persistent or severe mobile network issues, then a metal roof won’t present much of a problem. In areas with poor reception, however, a metal roof is not likely to help.
These are just some of the common questions we wanted to address, but if you have something else you’d like to ask please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Salmon Solutions today. With years of experience and a team of specialists on hand, we’re happy to help with all your metal roofing needs.