Never heard of commercial metal roofing before? Maybe you should! Commercial metal roofing comes in a wide variety of styles and options. Not to mention, it comes with plenty of benefits that every business and commercial property owner should know about.
While there’s no question that metal roofs are the superior choice in both longevity and durability, the real challenge is settling on the type of commercial roofing system that best suits your needs and budget. In this article, we’ll cover all the benefits of having a metal roof as well as the most popular types.
The Benefits of Metal Roofing
There are a ton of reasons why metal roofs are better for business.
For starters, they’re long-lasting. Compared to your traditional asphalt shingles — which only last 15-20 years— metal roofing is much more durable and can last from 50 to over 100 years if properly installed. They’re also very lightweight, which makes installation much easier and cost-effective.
The other top benefits associated with metal roofing include the following:
- 🔥Fire resistance. Unlike asphalt shingles, metal roofing is fire-resistant. This is especially important for offices, retailers, and restaurants that utilize heat and flames to perform their daily operations. Because they’re fire resistant, metal roofing materials can also reduce the risk of fires even starting as well as spreading throughout the building.
- ⚡Energy Efficiency. Metal roofs can save you up to 30% each month of your cooling and heating costs. This is because metal is highly reflective and emissive — meaning it can deflect the sun’s rays, and it cools down quickly.
- 👌Low maintenance. Metal roofs are easy to take care of as they shed rain and snowfall with ease and are essentially moss and fungus-proof. They also protect your space much better from wild animals and insects. Having said that, all they require is a regular roof inspection 1-2 times per year for any necessary repairs, and you’re all set.
The 5 Types of Metal Roofing You’ll Want to Learn About
While there are a good amount of metal roof types you can choose from, the most popular — and recommended — among commercial business owners include:
- Standing seam
- Powder coated
Now, let’s take a closer look at each of these options:
1) Standing Seam Metal Roofing
Standing seam — also known as concealed fastener — is arguably the most common type of commercial metal roofing. Its components include long vertical panels joined by an interlocking seam and concealed fasteners (hence the name).
Standing seam metal roofs can be custom-made and rolled out onsite to eliminate horizontal seams, depending on what you prefer. They will also last you a minimum of 30 years and are virtually maintenance-free.
2) Corrugated Metal Roofing
Usually, when people try to imagine a metal roof, the corrugated one is what comes to mind. Corrugated metal roofs, which are also referred to as exposed fastener roofing, are made of metal sheets rolled to form panels. These metal panels are installed with screws and fasteners that are visible on the surface of the paneling.
Traditionally, the shape of corrugated metal roofing is round and wavy. This shape is what adds to its strength, as it’s the lightest of all the other options. It’s also usually a first choice among business and commercial property owners as it’s the most affordable compared to the others.
3) Stamped Metal Roofing
Stamped metal roofing (or stamped metal shingles) emulates the look of other types of roofing systems, such as shingles, tiles, shakes, and slate. Stamped metal roofing is thought of as the most attractive of all your options, as the smaller modular panels utilize a four-way locking system that allows them to be staggered upon installation.
Because of their formation and ability to mimic other roofing styles, most people can’t guess that they’re made from metal. They also add to your curb appeal.
4) Powder Coated Steel Roofing
Powder coating refers to a process that gives stamped metal roofing systems a more rugged texture. Therefore, it’ll retain its round and wavy shape; only the colors and texture will be different and function differently as well.
For example, powder coating works to protect the base of the steel roofing from extreme weather, like hail, and harsh winds that can blow tree branches and other debris into and onto your roof. It also “holds” snow in place which allows the snow to melt evenly, which gets rid of the need for unattractive snow bars.
Aside from function, this coating offers a much nicer finish compared to other types of metal because it’s not reliant on the regular adhesive needed to hold onto the granules of steel during installation. Therefore, it’s considered a premium finish.
5) Copper Roofing
Any roofing expert will tell you that of all the metal roofing materials; copper is king. Of course, this also means it’ll be the most expensive, but it’s worth it in the end because it not only looks incredible but it lasts seemingly forever.
What’s more, copper roofing can mimic most styles, from shingles to shakes, and can be used for various parts of your commercial property, such as windows, downspouts, gutters, and so on. Many business and commercial property owners even like to let the copper “age” to give it that speckled green effect — but you don’t have to follow that trend if you don’t like it!
Which Type of Commercial Metal Roofing Will You Choose?
When it comes to installing a metal roof, you can’t go wrong with any of the above options. Of course, your choice should come down to a few important factors such as lifespan, strength, and the budget you have for the project.
If you need help making the right decision, the experts at Tectum Roofing can guide you according to your commercial business needs and the aesthetic you desire. To learn more, give us a call today to schedule a consultation and receive a free estimate. We also offer financing plans to better accommodate your budget!