A new roof is a significant investment for your business. We understand the importance of choosing a roofing material that will last.
If you’ve considered metal for your roof installation, you might be wondering what makes metal roofing an excellent investment, and if there is anything about this material you’ll regret later.
To help you make the right decision, we’re created this list of pros and cons for installing metal roofing on your commercial building! But first, what is metal roofing?
Types of Metal Roofing
Metal roofing is a durable, long-lasting roofing material that works well to shield commercial buildings from the elements.
Metal roofing is a term that’s loosely used to encompass multiple types of roofing. Aluminum, copper, tin, zinc, and steel roofing are all considered “metal” roofing. However, when most people talk about metal roofing, they’re talking about steel roofing—the most widely-used, affordable option.
Since steel is so popular, we’ll share the benefits of this specific roofing material in this guide.
Benefits of Metal Roofing
There’s no shortage of excellent reasons to install metal roofing on your commercial building—here are just a few!
Metal is solid, making it a durable option for covering your commercial building. Metal can stand up to the elements, including strong winds, snow, rain, sleet, and sun, and offers a smooth surface for snow and rain to slide off to prevent costly water damage.
Metal roofing deters mold growth, rot, and pest infestation and is resistant to chipping, cracking, warping, or fading. When it’s installed correctly, your metal roof will last for 40 to 60 years!
If you’re concerned about your carbon footprint, metal is a great eco-friendly roofing option. Most metal roofs are made from recycled steel, and if you remove the roof in the future, it can be recycled again.
Metal roofs are also solar compatible. Since solar energy is a more sustainable energy source than fossil fuels, you can minimize your environmental impact by installing solar panels on your metal roof.
Unlike asphalt shingles, metal shingles come in large panels, which speeds along the installation process.
Additionally, metal roof panels are lightweight, making them easier to install. Metal roof panels weigh about 100 pounds per panel, while other commercial roofing options, like tile, can weigh up to 900 pounds per tile. In the long run, metal roofing will put much less stress on your building than other roofing materials.
Although metal roofing may have a higher price point than other roofing materials, it also has a high return on investment. Since metal roofing has such a long lifespan, it will outlast other roofing materials for decades. You won’t have to worry about paying for another roof replacement during your career.
Additionally, metal roofing is durable, making it easy to care for. You’ll spend significantly less money on maintenance-related costs and repair fees than other roofing materials.
It’s rare for metal roofs to require maintenance—even after heavy storms. Unlike roofing materials that can suffer damage from wind, hail, and ultraviolet rays, you’ll never have to worry about replacing shingles or tiles.
The best way to care for your metal roof is to prevent debris, like leaves, twigs, and branches, from accumulating on the roof or in the gutters. Then, just wash and inspect the roof annually, and you’re good for another year!
Since metal reflects the sun’s rays, your roof will keep the inside of your building cool on warm days to minimize the strain on your air conditioning. A metal roof can reduce the amount you spend on utility bills by up to 40 percent!
Metal is one of the most fire-resistant options available for your commercial roof. It has a Class A fire rating, so it will not fuel a fire.
Disadvantages of Metal Roofing
Although there are hardly any disadvantages to metal roofing installation, there are a few crucial factors to consider before making this long-term investment.
Metal roofing isn’t cheap—in fact, it costs nearly twice as much as other roofing options. However, as we mentioned earlier, metal roofing is an investment that pays off in the long run. It will outlast other roofing materials by decades—you’ll have to pay for new asphalt shingles or tiles at least twice before you need to replace your metal roof.
Unless you just don’t have the funds in your budget to make the initial investment, metal roofing is worth every penny you’ll put toward the upfront cost!
Many people associate metal roofing with a harsh, industrial appearance. While this might look great for a warehouse, it’s much less inviting for a business or shopping complex.
However, you might be surprised to learn that metal roofing is offered in dozens of attractive options to customize your commercial building. We love to install DECRA’s stone-coated steel roofing that comes in striking colors, styles, and textures.
Steel roofing is corrosion resistant. However, it’s not entirely immune to rusting. Other metal options, like aluminum, zinc, or copper, will not erode.
However, this should only be concerning if you live in a humid, coastal environment. Your Kansas City business won’t suffer from the effects of corrosion, making steel roofing an excellent option.
Protect Your Kansas City Business with a Lasting Metal Roof
Even after considering the disadvantages, it’s easy to see why metal roofing is an excellent option for your Kansas City business! When you’re ready to invest in a metal roof, enjoy long-lasting results from a trusted local roofer.
Christian Brothers Roofing has helped hundreds of property owners protect their business with top-notch roofing products and services. We also offer a commercial roof maintenance program to protect your warranty—and much more!Learn more about why you can rely on metal roofing to protect your business for decades!