Hail and Metal Roofs: Debunking the Myths

Hail On Residential Metal Roofs

By: John Ryan, Metal Construction Association

As the spring brings severe weather across the country (we’re busy bailing out here in Chicagoland after more than 4 inches of rain the past few days), building performance is top of mind for many building owners. Our friends at the Metal Roofing Alliance (MRA) recently reminded us about the performance of metal roofs in hailstorms. According to MRA, metal roofs perform so well in hailstorms that some insurance companies even provide a reduced rate for buildings with metal roofs.

That said, there are still some misconceptions about how metal roofs perform in hailstorms, so we thought we would take this opportunity to debunk a couple of those myths.

Myth #1: Metal roofs are more prone to damage from hail than other roofing systems.

FALSE. According to a recent article in Metal Roofing Magazine, which cites two hail studies performed by The Roofing Industry Committee on Weather Issues Inc. (RICOWI), “Metal roofing stands up to the forces of nature as well as or better than any type of roofing material.”

Myth #2: Metal roofs are louder than other types of roofing in a hail storm.

FALSE. As detailed in our Ask the Experts Forum, as well as on the Metal Roofing Alliance’s website, under Typical Installation Circumstances with a plywood deck, underlayment, insulation, etc.,  a metal roof is no noisier than any other type of roof.

We hope you stay safe and dry, and we look forward to some good weather.

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