Is My Metal Roof Safe in a Thunderstorm?

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If you have a metal roof on your home or business, you probably know the many advantages of this type of roofing material, such as:

Metal improves your property value
Metal is less susceptible to hail and other severe weather
Most metal roofs are made from recycled material, making it an eco-friendly choice
Metal reflects the rays and heat of the sun, allowing you to save money on your energy bills
Metal is fire-resistant, which means that many insurance companies offer reduced premiums for customers with metal roofs
A metal roof may qualify you for tax breaks from the federal government

With all those advantages, there is still one question that concerns many people when it comes to metal roofs: are they safe when lightning strikes?

The Safety of Metal

The answer is simple: your metal roof is extremely safe – even in a severe lightning storm. Although metal conducts electricity, that doesn’t mean that your metal roof will attract it. In fact, it’s rare for lightning to strike buildings.  Instead, it’s much more likely that other extremely tall structures will be targets – structures such as large trees, telephone poles or towers.

Even if the worst were to happen, and your home was struck by lightning, your metal roof would actually help to keep you safe by dispersing the energy of the lightning throughout the building. It’s important to remember one of the other benefits of a metal roof during thunder and lightning storms: metal is extremely fire-resistant as well!

 

Source: Metal Roofing Alliance http://www.metalroofing.com/v2/content/guide/newsletters/04-0701.cfm

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