Planning to build a large commercial structure takes a lot of research. You must find the proper products all in order to get the best value for the building. Steel roofing is an excellent alternative to other metal roofs, including the standard shingled roof. A steel roof can withstand extreme weather conditions such as hail and high-speed winds. With the proper coating, steel roofs are generally resistant to rust and corrosion.
How do steel roofs stand up against the elements?
Hail. Steel roofs are known for their durability. They are highly resistant to hail damage (especially compared to shingles). In fact, insurance commissions located in areas that experience heavy hail give metal roofing the highest impact resistance ratings. In fact, a steel roof might even reduce insurance rates in certain areas.
Wind. Steel roofing can withstand high winds. Many styles of roofs are tested against hurricane force winds and steel roof come with warranties of winds exceeding 115 mph.
Fire. Steel is the most fire-safe metal roofing material. It is a noncombustible roofing material and has been given a class “A” rating, the highest rating given. This means that steel roofs provide great protection from fire outside of the building.
Rust and Corrosion. When a steel roof is coated in Galvalume®, it is protected by metallic and polymer coating. These coatings outperform the corrosion resistance of other coating metals.
What is the true value of a steel roof?
The value of steel roofing speaks for itself. You can simply consider the average lifespan of a steel roof compared to other types of roofs. A steel roof should last more than 45 years. In comparison, an asphalt roof needs to be redone every 12-17 years. In addition, although steel roofing is a premium product, it pays for itself in longevity alone.
A steel roof will also save you energy. In the summer, a steel roof reflects the heat from the sun which keeps the inside of the building cool. Other roofing materials absorb the heat, causing your air conditioning unit to work harder to counteract the warm air coming in from the sun.
Steel roofing is a long-lasting option when it comes to commercial roofing. With a lifespan of more than 50 years, you simply can’t beat its value compared to standard roofing options.