Hurricanes, hailstorms, and thunderstorms can cause many problems for your shingled roof over time. If old age already took a significant toll on your roof, it might not stand up to these weather conditions in the future. You can repair your shingled roof and hope that it lasts another few years, or you can replace your roof with a longer-lasting and stronger material such as metal. Here's how metal roofing keeps your home safe during intense weather conditions.
Does Lightning and Hail Damage Metal Roofs?
Contrary to popular belief, metal roofing systems aren't prone to lightning strikes. Metal roofs may actually keep your home and its occupants safe by directing lightning away from the home or toward the ground. If you live in an area prone to dangerous thunderstorms, metal roofing may be a good option for you.
In addition, powerful weather conditions like hail may damage the shingles on your current roof. Hail can remove granules from the surfaces of your shingles, it can crack and shatter the surfaces of your roof. If your old roof already suffers from granule loss, hail makes the problem even worse. Metal roofing systems may stand up to normal sized hail better than shingled roofs. If the metal is textured, the imperfections caused by hail may not be visible enough to notice.
The benefits above are just a couple of things to consider about metal roofing. If you're ready to install a metal roof on your home, contact a roofing contractor right away.
How Do You Replace Your Shingled Roof With Metal?
A roofing contractor will need to remove the damaged shingles from your roof before they install a metal system on your home. If the sheathing (or decking) on your home contains extensive moisture or pest damage, a contractor will remove it as well. A contractor may place thick insulation over the sheathing to prevent heat and cold loss throughout the year.
After installation, it's important to keep your roof clean or free of debris during the year. However, the surfaces of metal roofs can be slippery, especially after it rains or snows. You can clean your roof safely by having a roofing contractor do it for you. A roofer can discuss the best times to clean your roof before or after they install it.
If you want to replace your shingled roof with a metal roof soon, contact a contractor near you today.