It’s a commonly known fact that metal is one of the best conductors of electricity. With that being said, some homeowners are confused as to whether they need to have their metal roofs grounded or not. Simply put, no, unless it’s required by the local building codes. However, if your home is struck by lightning, would a grounded roof incur more risks than a standard one? In this post, your roof repair expert, M&A Exterior Home Improvement, explains why metal roofs don’t require grounding.
Why Isn’t Grounding Required?
It’s a common misconception that metal roofs are more prone to lightning strikes since metal is a great electrical conductor. While the latter holds true, metal roofs aren’t more likely to be struck by lightning more than any other kind of roofing types. The roofing material doesn’t affect the chance of lightning striking your home, but other factors such as the height, and area show positive evidence that they do.
Make Sure Your Building Is Compliant
If your home ever gets struck by lightning, the current will be transported to the ground by your structure, that is, if your home is up-to-code. For example, most building codes have pipes that protrude from the interior to the roof, made from PVC. This prevents the current from traveling through your home’s interior through the pipes that are extending from your roof which is why it’s important that it’s installed properly by trained residential roofing contractors.
If you’re having trouble looking for a roofing contractor, we suggest that you look for a local roofing company like us. This is because roofers like us are familiar with the local building codes, the climate, and which materials work best for your home.
M&A Roof Home Improvement is the best roofing contractor when it comes to residential roofing and roof repair services. Give us a call at (757) 779-5244. You can also fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment. We serve customers in Virginia Beach and the rest of VA.