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How Tough Are Metal Roofs Against Hail?Each year, hail causes about 1.6 billion dollars worth of damage to residential roofs in the United States. Hail can break, split and cause tear-off damage to traditional roofing materials, resulting in big repair or replacement costs. Metal roofs are naturally very tough and highly resistant to hail damage. Many insurance companies even offer discounts to homeowners who install an impact-resistant metal roof.
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Are Metal Roofs Fire-Resistant?Most metal roofing carries a Class A fire-resistant rating, the highest possible. If you live in an area prone to wildfires, a metal roof is the number one home investment you can make. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recommends that in fire-prone areas, if a roof is covered with wood or asphalt shingles, homeowners consider replacing it with a fire-resistant material, such as metal.
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Are Metal Roofs Best for High Winds?Roof damage is one of the most expensive cost homeowners face after an extreme windstorm hits their area. High winds typically bring heavy rains, which expose homes with compromised roofs to water damage. For areas with inclement weather, metal roofs are the smart choice. Metal roofing can withstand gusts of wind of up to 140 mph. Recent post-hurricane inspections have found that metal roofs fared far better than those roofs covered by asphalt shingles.
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Are Metal Roofs Good for Beach Homes?Metal roofing offers exceptional protection from extreme weather, including tropical storms, and is ideal for homes in coastal areas. Aluminum, copper and zinc roofing also provide a lifetime of protection against wind, water, fungus and other environmental elements that damage coastal homes.
Here's one Florida homeowner's story of how a metal roof saved them from menacing black fungus.
Do Metal Roofs Attract Lightning?A common misconception is that metal roofs are more susceptible to lightning strikes. The probability of a lightning strike is determined by a number of factors. When struck by lightning, metal roofing actually provides superior protection than traditional roofing material because it is electrically conductive and noncombustible so the threat of fire is drastically reduced.
(1) Federal Alliance for Safe Home, “Blueprint for Safety: Hail”, www.blueprintforsafety.org
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Snow & Ice
How Do Metal Roofs Perform in Winter?Most metal roofing systems are designed to carry heavy weight loads, such as snow and ice. Several metal roofing styles encourage snow shed and minimize ice damming due to their smooth surface. Snow guards are readily available and easily fitted to every style of metal roof on the market.
Read our experts' answers to questions from residents about snow and ice buildup on metal roofing.
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