In recent years, metal roofs have become increasingly trendy. Currently, many homeowners are considering replacing their roofs with this more efficient and safe roofing option. On the other hand, some wonder if metal roofs attract light.

Mistakenly, some people link lightning and metal roofs. They believe that metal roofs increase the risk of lightning strikes because metal conducts electricity.

But metal roofs are, in fact, more secure than tile or wood when it comes to lightning. The evidence and scientific method have demonstrated it.

The level of risk of a lightning strike on a metal roof is on par with that of other types of roofs, if not lower. Thus, metal roofing is preferable in zones where lightning storms are frequent. There is a good reason for that: they are non-flammable.

But What If Lightning Does Strike a Metal Roof?

Steel is the primary raw material for metal roofing, and it is highly conductive. However, metal roofs do not raise the risk of a lightning strike.

Let’s have a look at what experts have to say.

“The presence of a metal roof really shouldn’t statistically increase or decrease the chances of a lightning strike.” Says the Metal Construction Association (MCA) about this subject.
So, there is no increased risk of lightning striking our homes if we have a metal roof.

But, compared to a bolt of lightning striking an asphalt shingle roof, how much damage a lightning strike would cause?

Conductive materials allow the electrical charge to go through them fast. Because of this, it will not develop any further or stronger. But using materials that are more isolative and less conductive might cause this.

A metal roof could even be a better alternative because it is a non-flammable material, according to the MCA. So, the likelihood of your property catching fire is significantly lower when using metal roofing.

Are you unsure whether asphalt or a metal roof is better for your home? Keep in mind the benefits of a metal roof for your home and family’s safety.

Asphalt shingles are not a fire hazard, although they can catch fire easily. However, they can only withstand a small amount of fire exposure. On the other hand, metal roofs are fully fireproof.

Do Metal Roofs Reduce Lightning Strikes Risk?

We already know that a building’s chance of getting a lightning strike does not depend on its roofing.

So, here are the factors that affect where lightning strikes:

• Home height: tall objects attract lightning. Hence, the tallest houses, telephone poles, or trees are more likely to receive lightning hits in a community.
• Home size: A huge building on the ground is also prone to lightning strikes.
• Geography: If you live in a stormy area, your home is more likely to be struck by lightning.
• Topography: Houses located higher up have a higher probability of getting a lightning strike than those positioned closer to the sea.

Metal Roofing Can Prevent Lightning Damage

During storms, metal roofs are far safer than other roofing materials. In this respect, roofing materials have no effect on lightning risk.

Do you want to learn more about metal roofing? Contact the roofing contractor in Clinton MS. Our skilled team can examine, repair, and install any type of metal roof.

Also, you can contact us online or by phone at 601-488-3179. We service Jackson, Flowood, Clinton, Madison. Pearl, Byram, Brandon, and Ridgeland, MS and as well as southern areas of Alabama.

Author's Bio: 

Watkins Construction and Roofing is your expert Jackson MS roofing company on a mission to repair or replace roofs of all shapes and sizes, inspire customer confidence in the roofing industry, and use the best tools and materials for every single roofing job.