Metal roofing is very common for commercial and industrial usage and is growing increasingly popular as roofing. It's a great, durable products that has many great advantages over other roofing alternatives. This post aims to lay out the top reasons that you may want to look at it as an option and dispell any untrue myths or rumours.
Metal roofs are not very loud - at least not any louder than a traditional, asphalt shingle roof. Metal roofing can be installed with solid sheathing, which actually reduces noise from external elements such as hail, rain and other nasty weather - and can do so even better than asphalt shingles or other roofing materials.
Many people might wonder if their industrial or commerical metal roof will rust. You can rest assured that no, this is not tyically the case. Metal roofing can do quite well for decades of abuse from extreme weather like high wind, hail, snow, etc. In fact, most metal roofing materials earn a UL2218 Class 4 rating; this means that it can take extreme punishement. For instance, even when hit by a 2" steel ball twice in the same spot, it did not crack. This type of protection can even lead to reduced insurance rates.
Metal roofing doesn't have to be ugly. There are many options available and a wide variety of designs, colors & textures that you can use for your commercial or industrial roofing project. Metal roofing materials can be the traditional vertical seams that are very common but they're also available in patterns that resemble slate, shingles, clay tiles, etc, so that you can match nearly any type of building.
Metal roofing is very, very durable. It is resistant to the shrinking, eroding and cracking that other materials can be. It is virtually maintenance-free. Most metal roof materials carry a long-term warranty, sometimes up to fifty years! They typically connect using interlocking panels, which increases the ability to stay intact during severe, high winds, even hurricane force winds.
Not only that but a metal roof can withstand heavy snow, hail, wildfires and more. Many houses destroyed by wildfires over the last decade or so could have bene saved if they had metal roofs. This is because the embers that land on other types of roofing can be the spark to ignite the whole house. The roof is 90% or more of the surface area for hot embers to land on. By having a metal roof, you GREATLY reduce the risk of your house or commercial building going up in flames due to a wildfire.
Metal roofs can help save energy and reduce heating and cooling costs. Depending on the region, metal roofs can help industry and business owners save up to 40% in energy costs over the course of a year. Throw in the fact that metal roofing has a lower life cycle cost and can increase the value of your building and you have a ton of positives. Not to mention the fact that some insurance companies even give discounts of up to 35%.
Believe it or not, but metal roofing will not increase the chance of a lightning strike. Lightning isn't drawn to metal more, just the highest point, therefore other objects have a higher chance of getting struck - like tall trees, telephone poles, etc. In fact, metal conducts electricity better so metal roofing disperses lightning better and is therefore a lower risk of a building that is hit by lightning catching fire.
Last but certainly not least, metal roofing is environmentally friendly. The material used is typically between 30-60% recycled. Metal roofs can also be installed on top of other metal roofing material, saving tons of product from having to be wasted in a landfill. Also, when you do eventually have to redo your metal roof, you don't need to tear it off and dispose on it. A lot of the material used for metal roofing now uses reflective paint which can also add to the energy efficiency.
All in all, there are many reasons you may want to check into metal roofing. We have many solutions for you, including such manufacturers as Duro-last, Firestone Roof, Carlisle Roof, Sika Sarnafil Roof, EPDM, TPO and more.
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