Benefits of Metal
Metal roofs have been used to cover commercial spaces for decades. The vast majority of these roofs are made from steel, aluminum or copper. These materials offer many advantages over other roofing materials such as shingles. Let's take a look at some of the benefits of using metal roofing.
Withstanding Extreme Weather
Building owners who use shingles for roofing often find that their roofs get damaged in extreme weather conditions. High winds or gusts can lift rooftop shingles and fling them far away. The shingles that do manage to stay attached to the roof may crack or fracture from being bent by these winds.
Our Sunshine State is prone to receiving gusts of wind, hail, as well as hurricane storms, so building owners should design their roofs with this in mind. Metal roofing fares far better in extreme weather conditions compared to shingles.
Metal roofs feature interlocking panels that hold each other in place during storms. Metal roofing is also fastened in place using hidden fasteners and screws. These concealed fasteners are shielded from the elements, so they are more likely to keep their panels secure in stormy weather.
Long Life Expectancy
Metal roofs also feature a longer life expectancy compared to shingles. The average metal roof will last at least 60 years and requires little maintenance. Metal roof manufacturers are so confident about the durability of their products that they often offer customers 40-50 year warranties.
By contrast, shingles have to be replaced every 15 to 25 years. The basic warranties offered by shingle companies are also usually shorter than that offered by metal roofing companies. Even if your shingle roof lasts more than a couple of decades, individual shingles may fall off or deteriorate within that timespan.
Mold and Mildew Resistance
If your building is located in an area where it is under shade for most of the day, mold or mildew may start to grow on your roof. This is a common problem for shingle roofs that accumulate mold, mildew, and algae. Such roofs have to be cleaned regularly using commercial roof cleaning products, which can be a tedious process.
Metal roofing on the other hand is more impervious to the growth of mold, fungus, and bacteria. As a result, it requires less frequent cleaning.
Another lesser known benefit of metal roofing is its energy efficiency. Metal roofs can keep your commercial building cooler compared to shingle roofs on hot days. This is because metal roofs create a tighter seal on your building’s roof, which prevents warm air from entering from outside.
In addition to this, metal roofs have better reflectivity than shingles. Rooftops with poor reflectivity tend to absorb sunlight and heat up the building on sunny days.
As you can see, there’s no shortage of reasons to choose metal roofing for your building. Contact Sun Coast Roofing & Solar if you are looking for professional roofing services in the Sunshine State.