There are a lot of myths concerning how inclined metal roofs work during the winter time. Here are the top four most common myths about metal roofs in the winter, broken down. You'll find that these myths are not based on reality and that a metal roof can actually be a great addition to your home.
Myth #1: Snow Piles Up On Metal Roofs
Many people wrongly believe that snow tends to pile up on metal roofs more than other types of roofs. However, the opposite is actually true. The reflective nature of metal roofs, including colored metal roofs, accelerates the melting process of the snow. This helps prevent snow from building up on your metal roof, regardless of if the roof is flat or inclined.
Additionally, if your metal roof is not flat, but is installed at an incline, the snow should slide right of it. The individual lines of a metal roof are positioned to run vertically down your roof instead of horizontally, which helps the snow slide off your roof when it is installed at an incline.
Myth #2: Snow Falls Off In Dangerous Chunks From Metal Roofs
Next, many people also wrongly believe snow and ice fall off in large, dangerous chunks from metal roofs. The vertical nature of the lines on the your roof help break up the snow as it slides off your roof.
Additionally, if you live somewhere that gets a lot of snow, you can always have heating cables installed on your roof. Heating cables can be installed on all types of roofs, including metal roofs. They are a great add-on if you live somewhere that gets significant snowfall every winter. Heating cables help melt any snow or ice on your roof and will prevent large, hazardous chunks from falling off your roof and onto anyone below.
Myth #3: Metal Roofs Will Make My House Cold
Since metal can become cold to the touch when exposed to outside elements, many people wrongly assume that metal roofs make homes colder. This is actually false. Metal roofs can provide your home with excellent insulation.
Myth #4: The Rain Falling On A Metal Roof Is Extremely Loud
Finally, due to old-school metal roofs that were primarily installed on sheds and outbuildings, many people wrongly assume metal roofs on homes are extremely loud when it rains outside. In fact, metal roofs often insulate your home from sound better than asphalt shingle roofs. When metal roofs are installed, underlayment and solid sheathing are installed first, which helps reduce the overall noise you hear inside of your house from your roof.
Don't believe the four myths above about metal roofs. If you live in a climate where you get snowfall during the winter months, a metal roof can prevent snow accumulation while also helping to keep your house warm and quiet. Contact a contractor, like Griffin Bros. Inc., for more information.Share
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