The Perks of Metal Roofing

March 22, 2018 11:48 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Are you considering using metal roofing for your commercial building? If so, it’s important you collect as much knowledge about metal roofing as possible before you make your final decision. Roofing in general is a big investment for your property, so you should take some time to carefully weigh the pros and cons of metal versus other types of roofing materials, such as wood, tile and asphalt.

With this in mind, here are some of the perks of using metal roofing and other specialty steel products in Indiana for your project:

  • Weight: Tile and concrete are extremely heavy, coming in anywhere between 750 pounds per square and 900 pounds per square. Metal roofing, however, is quite lightweight, and is usually between 50 and 150 pounds per square, depending on the style.
  • Easy to install: Metal roofing materials come either in multi-shingle pieces or large panels, and it’s easy for experienced and capable contractors to get these materials installed quickly. This is especially advantageous if you need a fast turnaround on your roofing job for whatever reason.
  • Life expectancy: A metal roof should last you for decades—it will withstand high winds, and snow and rain will slide right off of it. It is also fire-, insect- and rot-resistant. Most companies offer metal roofing warranties that last anywhere from 20 to 50 years.
  • Safety: Metal roofs are noncombustible, which means they are rated in Class A for fire resistance—the category of materials that are the most resistant to fire. There are some exceptions, though. A metal roof applied on top of a combustible material, such as wood shingles, will have a little lower rating. But in general, metal will provide you with a safer roofing option in the correct circumstances.
  • No problems with rain and snow: Metal roofing holds up extremely well to all types of weather, and especially with rain and snow. It is essentially impervious to precipitation because of the way in which the panels interlock, and because of the density, hardness and slipperiness of the surface. Snow will not build up on its surface, and rain will simply run right off. This means you won’t have the same sorts of leakage concerns as you might have with shingles or other types of roofing materials.
  • Little pitch: For the most part, you are able to install metal roofing at a very slight, gentle pitch without having to worry about leaking, due to the previously mentioned imperviousness of the materials. The minimum pitch for the roof is a rise of three inches for every horizontal foot—you can find more or less with metal roofing applications, but there is not the same need for a steep pitch as there is with other types of materials.

These are just a few of the biggest benefits associated with metal roofing. To learn more about our specialty steel products in Indiana, contact the team at Benchmark Fabricated Steel today and we’ll provide you with more information about the various products and services we offer.

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