Metal roofs are some of the most environmentally friendly, long-lasting, and attractive types of roofs around but as with any new or uncommon item there are plenty of myths surrounding metal roofing in Hawaii. The three biggest myths involve:
Examining Myth Vs. Fact
Heat: The myth is that since metal can get extremely hot, metal roofs are subject to more thermal bridging than other materials, which can weaken or damage panels. In reality, metal roofs are made of very high-grade steel that has protective, and often reflective, coatings. This serves the dual purpose of reflecting sunlight off the roof and keeping both the roof and the interior of the home cooler. Insulating under metal roofing provides even greater heat-reflecting benefits.
Wind: Since metal roofing is typically installed in large panels, the myth is that if wind gets under these panels it can lift an entire section of roof up or even rip the whole thing off. However, wind lift is no more problematic on metal roofs than it is on other types of roofing in Hawaii. Engineering specifications dictate the amount and placing of fasteners for any kind of roof, including metal roofs. As long as the roof is installed according to manufacturer instructions there shouldn’t be a problem with wind uplift. Metal roofs have been known to withstand hurricanes and tornados.
Lightning: There’s a persisting myth that metal roofing attracts lighting. It probably has something to do with the fact that metal can conduct electricity. In the case of metal roofing in Hawaii that’s a serious concern, given the amount of rainfall we receive every year. This myth is simply untrue with metal roofs actually providing protection against lightning strikes. Lightning strikes are most dependent on the height, size, and location of the structure, not the material it is made of. If lightning were to hit the metal roof, the roof would be fire-resistant, providing excellent protection for the structure.
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Don’t let myths prevent you from enjoying the benefits of new metal roofing in Hawaii. Metal roofs remain among the best choice in roofing and are growing in popularity as property owners learn more about their advantages.
Steven Nghe is currently the Head of Marketing & Communications at Kloeckner Metals. Nghe is a marketing professional with more than 14 years of experience in various environments and industries. His goal is to tell you about the sexy side of steel. Nghe holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Management with a concentration in Marketing from North Carolina State University. Prior to Kloeckner, Nghe worked for Delta Dental, Wells Real Estate Funds, Georgia Institute of Technology and Doosan.