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How are cell phones impacted by metal roofs?

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What to Expect With Metal Roof Installation

Today, more people are going with having only a cell phone, including businesses. Smartphones are their way to join others in a call – perhaps at the Dinosaur State Park in Glen Rose, Texas. This has made many people concerned about metal roof installation being an issue and interfering with modern phone service, but should it be? The truth is that a metal roof has absolutely no effect on cell phones. This is a misconception, similar to many other misconceptions people have about this roofing option. Let’s take a look at a few.

Are metal roofs noisy?

The claim that a metal roof installation is noisier than an asphalt shingle installation is usually because that person(s) is misinformed. Or it is a person(s) that has only been inside an old metal barn many years ago! Just because a metal roof is made from metal, doesn’t automatically make it a noisy roof option. 

In those old barns or farmhouses, yes, it was noisier. The metal roof installation process used then was metal sheets being installed over the roof rafters with exposed metal fasteners. Yes, that would make for a noisy metal roof installation! 

Today, a metal roof installation is done by placing the metal roof over strong sheathing, and insulation is installed under the metal sheets. Because of these two additional steps, a metal roof installation offers an effective reduction of the noises that hail, rain, and wind create. 

Will a metal roof attract lightning?

Nope! A metal roof installation will not attract lightning. It can, however, make it less dangerous if a lightning strike occurs. The perception is that metal roofing will increase a lightning strike because metal is a highly conductive material. Hence, the reason for lightning rods, right? 

Not so fast! The precise location where lightning is going to strike isn’t governed if there is metal in the area. But rather the geography, topography, and storm movement. When lightning is ready to strike, it doesn’t matter what material is in its path. 

So, then what is the purpose of lightning rods? It isn’t so they attract the lightning strike instead of the metal roof installation job. But to channel lightning into the ground and away from the structure. 

Will a metal roof rust?

If your metal roof installation is done in bare, plain steel, yes, it will rust. Remember the noisy old barn metal roof? But today, the systems for finishes and paints are advanced beyond that with coatings over the finish or paint. They are tested to check their rust resistance and oxidation possibilities over their lifetime. 

Can a metal roof be painted?

Today the paint system used by metal manufacturers is designed to resist abrasions, harsh environments, and more, and in a variety of colors! However, if you tire of the color metal roof installation was originally (maybe you weren’t the original homeowner), then yes, you can paint your metal roof. 

There are a few steps that you’ll need to follow for your paint job results to meet your expectations and imperative that you do it in the right manner. Here’s all you need to know, starting with waiting 6 months if your metal roof installation is new. Then follow these steps for great success: 

  • Remove all the dirt, loose paint, and mildew of the original paint using a jet power washer with a water-diluted vinegar solution. 
  • Next, you want to be sure to have the correct paint type. And Acrylic latex paint is recommended for a bare metal roof installation that had a previous coat of paint. 
  • Application of the paint can be done by a sprayer, paint brushes, or rollers that are specifically made for a corrugated metal roof installation. 

Which metal roof color is best?

It is critical to choose a color that will fit the following considerations: 

  • Complements the features of your home, including the brick, siding, or stucco. The downspouts, fascia, gutters, and trim. They can all be the same color or give your home a pop of color with one of these features. 
  • A few things to remember is that a lighter color will make your home look taller, and a dark color will make the profile of your home look shorter. Before you make a firm choice on color, hold the samples up at different times of the day in different areas of the house. 
  • HOA policies and restrictions and neighborhood trends. If most of your neighbor’s homes are in earth tones, stay away from bright blues. Your roofing contractor may already know but check with HOA policies on a metal roof installation. Do you want a glossy or matte finish? 
  • The geographical location should be included in your color choice. If your home is in the woods, go with an earth tone color.

How long does a metal roof last?

This is where the higher cost of a metal roof installation will pay for itself. An asphalt shingle roof will give you a maximum of 20 years, while a metal roof has longevity between 40 and 70 years, maybe longer! 

Which metal roof is best?

There may seem like there are endless options on metal roof installation materials. Here, we have four of the most common listed: 

  1. Copper — Long-lasting, low melting temperature, very soft
  2. Aluminum — Long-lasting, saltwater-resistant
  3. Zinc — Long-lasting, low melting point, corrosion-resistant
  4. Steel — Three types of steel are available, including galvalume, galvanized, and weathered steel 

Will a metal roof make my home hot?

Just like the presumption of a metal roof installation being a target for lightning, it is also assumed that it will make the structure hotter inside. This too typically comes from a person(s) that aren’t educated or informed about metal roofs. In fact, metal is one of the most energy-efficient materials on the market. And they can keep a structure cooler, easing the workload on the HVAC system, and saving on energy bills. 

close-up of a metal roof

Finally – Is it cheaper to get a metal roof or shingles?

Up front, a metal roof installation will cost more than an asphalt shingle installation. The durability and longevity of a metal roof will balance with the ROI though, whether you keep your home or sell.