Dispelling the Myths about Metal Roofing Materials in Hawaii


For as relatively common as metal roofs have become in Hawaii, myths and misconceptions persist. In this post, we will put those myths to rest and explain how metal roofing materials on Hawaii homes and businesses are one of the best investments you will ever make.

Common Myths about Metal Roofs

There are many misconceptions about metal roofs. It is believed that they attract lightning and they are noisy. Homeowners may be afraid that they will rust, dent easily and are unsafe to walk on. We would like to dispel some of these common myths.

  1. They Will Not Attract Lightning. Metal roofs are no more likely to attract a lightning strike than any other type of roofing materials in Hawaii. In fact, a metal roof may be better for your home if it were struck by lightning, because the metal would disperse and absorb the energy throughout the roof, protecting the underlying structure. Metal is not flammable or combustible so it is a safe choice in storm-prone areas.
  2. They Are Quiet. Many people think of rain drops hitting tin roofs when they hear the term “metal roof”. Chances are those noisy structures were not meant to be permanent housing or business structures and lacked adequate (if any) sheathing. Solid sheathing (plywood or metal decking) is recommended for all metal roofs as it deadens noise from rain, wind, and bad weather. Because this extra precaution is taken, many metal roofs are quieter than those made of other roofing materials in Hawaii.
  3. They Are Rust Resistant. If you buy low-quality, non-coated metal roofing, sure it will rust. But today’s residential and commercial metal roofing materials in Hawaii are specifically engineered to withstand our climate. They are coated with zinc or zinc and aluminum. Galvalume coated steel is rust-resistant, even when scratched or chipped because the various metals bond together to create a product that is stronger and more durable than either metal by itself.
  4. They Will Not Dent Easily. Again, because the material is galvalume coated steel it is extremely strong. It takes a lot to dent a metal roof. Today’s systems can last 50 years or more and are rated to withstand 125 mph winds, heavy rains and severe weather.
  5. They Are Safe To Walk On. Metal roofs are not fragile at all. You can walk on properly supported metal roofs without damaging them, unlike tile roofing materials on Hawaii homes and businesses; you will need to be careful of the slope of the roof and other features. Definitely talk to your metal roofing installer to find out how to safely walk on the particular roof you have chosen.

Kloeckner Metals Is Your Source For Metal Roofing Materials In Hawaii

If you are interested in metal roofinghot dip galvanizing, or a steel service center in Hawaii, call (678) 259-8800Kloeckner Metals Hawaii is Hawaii’s most trusted metal roofing manufacturer. We have more than 50 years of experience in delivering high-quality products and top-notch customer support.

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