Why is metal roofing seemingly everywhere you look? What are the benefits of the material? Today, we’re going to answer both of these questions by assessing the benefits of metal roofing and then the many applications these roofs have in the modern world!
Benefits of Metal Roofing
Firstly, metal is the most durable material when it comes to roofing. In fact, the majority of homeowners and business owners choose metal because they know they’ll never have to replace it for as long as they live. When installed properly, metal roofing will cope with mold, mildew, strong winds, rain, snow, rodents, and all sorts of other problems. Of course, it’s also Class-A fire rated which means it’s resistant to fire too.
As more and more people factor in the environment when making purchasing decisions, we’re starting to see a growing interest in metal. These days, most products in the market are made from recycled metal. If not, you can be happy in the knowledge that it’s recyclable at the other end for whoever chooses to replace it.
For many, money will be the deciding factor when choosing a roof material and metal wins again. Although they’re more expensive initially, they have the potential to last for 60 years. Therefore, it can actually outlive three different asphalt shingle roofs. Why go through the hassle of replacing other materials when you can invest a little more and forget about it forever?
Furthermore, the maintenance required with metal is very small. Ultimately, all you need to do is keep an eye out for debris and clean every so often after finding dirt and stains. If you have a concealed fastener roof, maintenance is even easier.
As an added bonus, manufacturers also seem to offer extensive warranties with metal roofing. While a paint warranty will cover paint wear and tear applied to the metal substrate, a weathertight warranty will help you with any leaks that occur.
Applications for Metal Roofing
As promised, the second half of this guide will be on the many applications of this material for roofing.
In terms of residential buildings, more homeowners are starting to recognize the value of metal roofing and this has led to their installation on all sorts of buildings. You might think your roof isn’t big enough, but this isn’t true at all. Considering metal roofing will fit onto a tiny mailbox, you can be confident it will work on your home.
Elsewhere, some people use metal as an awning accent. Before anything else, we recommend having a conversation with the manufacturer because having two metals that degrade one another is potentially costly.
On the other side of things, we’re seeing metal roofing on a whole manner of commercial buildings. For all the reasons listed previously, you might find metal roofing on a hotel, store, restaurant, hospital, church, school, university, government building, or even a military building.
For businesses, they need to know they will get a good return on their investment, and metal roofing provides this peace of mind. Once installed properly, they know that the roofing will outlive every employee inside the building.
Aside from residential and commercial uses, you might also see metal roofing on agricultural buildings (including barns), architectural projects, and on various other structures.
As you can see, it has a vast array of applications. Another reason for this is because there’s a choice between stainless steel, copper, zinc, galvalume coated steel, aluminum, and galvanized steel. With each offering benefits and drawbacks, it allows the property owner to match the roof to their needs!