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A roof replacement is a good time for homeowners to evaluate their current roofing materials and to decide whether to make a change. Some homeowners will decide to stick with their current roof type and others may want to utilize a different material for a variety of reasons. Aesthetics, energy efficiency or local weather are common reasons for homeowners opt for other, more efficient materials. Homeowners should discuss their options with their Charlotte roofing contractor.

Metal roofs are becoming increasingly popular. They are the ideal roofing material for roofs that are very steep or flat. They are an excellent material for climates that have a lot of snow and ice, as they shed them easily. Metal roofs are also recommended by FEMA for homes that are in areas that frequently suffer natural disasters, as some types can withstand winds of up to 110 miles per hour and 160 miles per hour. They are very durable and can stand up to heavy hail, rains and UV rays as well as many other weather conditions.

Metal roofs are made from many different metals, such as aluminum, tin, stainless steel and terne. They are fire resistant and cannot be penetrated by water.

A roofing company professional from Southern Home Services of Charlotte would be happy to answer questions about fiber cement siding or windows.

They can be coated to increase their lifespan and help reflect UV rays. In fact, there are energy efficient coatings that can decrease the temperature of the attic by as much as 40 to 60 degrees Fahrenheit, keeping the temperature of the entire home lower and translating into savings on the homeowner's energy bills.

There are also some common myths about metal roofing materials. One of them is that a metal roof cannot be walked on. However, metal roofing materials' durability does not typically pose a hazard to those walking on its surface. Homeowners can check with their manufacturer or their roofing contractor to find out more. Another common myth about metal roofs is that they are more susceptible to lightning strikes. It is important to note that, while metal conducts electricity, it does not draw in electricity. This means it is actually less susceptible to lightning strikes and can actually be safer than wood roof options due to metal's non-combustible properties. Some homeowners also believe that rain drops or hail will noisily bounce off of a metal rooftop. Because most metal roofs are often built on top of other roofs and have attic space in between them and the housing structure, the homeowner will likely not hear the sounds of inclement weather impacting the structure.

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