3 Unbelievably Common Roofing Myths

Bryant Roofing Systems is Central Indiana's go-to roof repair and roof replacement specialists, so we have seen it all. Several roofing myths are still pervasive, and people may not even realize that those myths have been debunked.

Here are three of the more common roofing myths that you might still believe, and the roofing repair professionals in Indianapolis at Bryant Roofing Systems want to set the record straight:

Roofing Myth 1: Metal Roofing Attracts Lightning


Let's start with one of the more frequent common roofing myths. Have no fear, and your metal roof is not inviting a destructive lightning strike. In its Technical Bulletin MCA13a, the Metal Construction Association breaks the issue down into two issues: the probability of a lightning strike at any particular location and the consequences of that lightning strike.

Certainly, metal is a natural conductor of electricity, but that doesn't mean lighting will aim for your roof. Tall objects, like trees or antennas, are far more likely to be struck.

However, the consequences of the lightning strike depend a great deal on what the building is made of and whether or not it has a lightning protection system. Electricity passes more easily through a good conductor such as copper or steel than through a poor conductor such as wood or concrete. The poor conductor has more electrical resistance, converting some of the lightning's tremendous electrical energy into heat, possibly causing fires or explosions.

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With a metal roof and a metal structural frame, a metal building system gives lightning a low-resistance path to the earth. A metal building may survive a lightning strike with less damage than a similarly sized and located building made of higher-resistance materials. This result is rather counter-intuitive, but it is similar to the fact that you are safer inside a car during a lightning storm - with its metal body - than you are standing next to the car.

So, in short, a metal roof is safe in a lightning storm.

Roofing Myth 2: Metal Roofs Are Prone to Rust


Metal roofing is quite resilient and often has a rust-resistant coating. Metal roofing has become a preferred choice among homeowners. It offers a wider range of benefits such as a longer lifespan, energy efficiency, and the ability to withstand extreme weather conditions better when compared to traditional roofing materials. It's fire and pest resistant and is available in various colors and styles, making it ideal for any construction project. There are a lot of different types of metals that are used in roofing materials, such as:

  • Steel
  • Copper
  • Aluminum

However, only the metals that contain iron, such as steel, can rust. Steel needs to be galvanized to prevent corrosion. The protective galvanized coating prevents oxidation and rust. When considering a steel roof, make sure the roofer uses galvanized steel.

Roofing Myth 3: Fiberglass Shingles Can't Withstand High-Pressure Washing


Most roof shingles roofers can clean today; however, cleaning should only be performed by a professional. The professionals at Bryant Roofing Systems not only know how to clean a wet, slippery roof safely, but they also know how to be harnessed properly while being up on your roof. In addition, they know the optimal time to clean temperature-wise and how much pressure to use to get rid of the mold, algae, and fungus with the proper cleaning solution and pressure washing equipment.

Are You Ready to Bust a Common Roofing Myth?

When you need roofing repair services in Indianapolis, big or small, the talented and courteous roof contractors at Bryant Roofing Systems will deliver superior craftsmanship at a competitive price. Give us a call a 317-342-4050 or email us at service@bryantroofs.com.

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