Metal roofs are in some cases regarded as old fashioned and associated with ridged, rustic, and in some cases even rusted images. Yet over the last few years, there have been a number of improvements along with innovations in the designs, repair technologies, and materials used for metal roofs which has made them architecturally durable and appealing, which has made them the ideal choice for managers and owners of commercial buildings. Depending on your specific requirements for your building, there happen to be several options available. Metal roofing can provide the property with a modern and sleek appeal using materials like aluminum, copper, and steel, and even the choice to make them look like shingles should you prefer.
However, there a few important things that you should know about metal roofs for commercial properties before you make the decision to replace or install them on your building. These roofs are not perfect, yet it is usually easy to prevent their few setbacks.
Here is a list of the negative traits associated with metal roofs:
There are a number of positive aspects on the other hand that we think overshadow all the negatives:
Long Lifespan – As mentioned above, the durability of the metal roofs is its main advantage. In most instances, they come with a warranty of between 40 to 50 years, which means in some cases the roof will even outlast the building. When compared to other roof systems these roofs are also lighter which allows for a faster installation along with less stress and weight placed on the structure of the building. You could even install a metal roof over the existing roof of your property. This lowers the time required for the installation as it does away with the need to remove and tear off the original roof.
Energy Efficiency – You are able to save a significant amount of money on your overall utility bills as these roofs reflect sunlight and heat away from the building. There is usually a gap present between the exterior surface and the roofing structure, even though an insulation layer is not always necessary with a metal roof. These materials are able to redirect the heat back inside your building over the winter months if the gap has managed to provide internal thermal reflection and ventilation.
Seals Out Water Better – As we discussed above, rain and snow flow off metal roofs a lot easier when compared to other materials, due to the slick surfaces. This means that it works well to seal out moisture.
Fire Resistant – You can save on the premiums you pay with your insurance provider due to the resistance of the roof to fire and heat. However, this would be negated if you decided to install the metal roofing system over a roof that is already flammable such as wood shakes. One of the common misconceptions about metal roofs is they are susceptible to lighting due to the metal materials, yet this is actually not true. Regardless of the materials that the roof is made from, lighting always strikes at the highest point. If you are concerned about this, you should be looking into installing a reliable lightning rod.
Extreme Weather Protection – Metal roofs are reliable in just about all weather conditions due to its durable and strong construction. This includes protection from extreme winds, pouring rain, the hot sun, and even insect infestations. When installed properly and galvanized, they are also more rot and rust proof when compared to other types of roofing systems.
Taurus Elite Commercial Roof Systems, 512-332-4422, is a commercial roofing contractor based in Austin, Texas, and specializing in commercial metal roof repair, commercial metal roof restoration and commercial metal roof replacement services in the Austin Texas area, including Temple, for the last two decades.