Steel roofing is one of the several modern metal roofing options available to contractors for construction today. Market Business News defines galvanized steel as steel that has been coated in a layer of zinc. The zinc serves as a protective layer that gets oxidized before the steel, ensuring that the roof remains sound for longer. Metal roofing of any type usually requires some level of protection. The zinc serves as an affordable way to ensure that the roof resists rust despite being open to the elements.
Benefits of Using Steel for Roofing
In many cases, steel is a preferred material for roofing. Among the benefits that this material offers to building owners are:
Metal roofs typically last between forty and seventy years, according to State Farm. The long-term costs of keeping and maintaining a metal roof become negligible when you think about how long it will remain on the building.
Lightweight and Easy to Install
Doing repairs or installation on a roof can be a complicated process. Steel is a rigid material, but because of its construction, it’s also surprisingly lightweight. Installation of a steel roof is much quicker than other material types. The lightweight nature of the material means that it can be used with any existing roofing framework.
Constructing a “green building” is a concern in many areas of the world. Steel is a material that is eco-friendly and recyclable. They take less energy to produce, allowing for a much smaller carbon footprint for the building’s construction.
Compared to other roofing materials, steel is exceptionally affordable. Thanks to their long life and ease of installation, erecting a new roof doesn’t take quite as much time or cost nearly as much as slate, concrete, or tile roofing.
Easy to Maintain
Metal roofing typically doesn’t need a lot of maintenance. An inspection now and again to ensure that there aren’t any weak spots in the roof helps ensure that the material remains sound for longer. Metal roofing, in particular, is perfect for dealing with the ravages of weather. This constant exposure to the elements has less of an impact on metal than on other materials.
Metal Roofing Uses
Thanks to the benefits that metal roofing provides for building owners, it sees a lot of use in several types of buildings, including:
- Residential: Homeowners can benefit from having metal roofing covering their homes because of the material’s durability. There’s no need to consider replacing a roof every ten years or so.
- Industrial: Industrial buildings require a durable covering that can stand up to harsh elements both inside and outside the building. Metal roofing offers this benefit along with a low cost of installation.
- Commercial: Commercial buildings require a robust, long-term roofing solution that steel offers. Not only is the building well-protected from the elements, but the cost of installation and maintenance is low, reducing the overhead of building operation.
- Agricultural: Agricultural buildings also need a robust roofing material, but something more cost-effective than other options. Steel is the perfect material for keeping costs down while still providing a strong roof material.
Finding a Quality Metal Manufacturer is Vital
Steel is only as good as the manufacturer that produces it. Finding a high-quality manufacturer allows a project to get the exact specifications for the material that they need. In many cases, fabricators have particular prefab pieces that fit together to produce the roof and the framework. These need to be manufactured with a high degree of accuracy, using quality materials. Choosing a quality metal manufacturer ensures that the materials they use are of the highest grade, leading to a more refined final product. Not only is the roof manufactured to exacting standards, but the final product is one the fabricators can be proud of.
A Good Reason to Upgrade your Roofing
If you have an older roof that needs to be refreshed, steel is the perfect candidate for an upgrade. The material’s longevity and durability ensure that you won’t have to replace it any time soon. If you already have another roofing material on a house, switching over to steel is easy with the right contractors. However, the most critical element of investing in a steel roof is the steel itself. Your roof will only be as good as the firm responsible for its manufacture. When installing a new metal roof, the choice of manufacturer is the most important one you’ll have to make.
Brian Haraf is the VP of Sales and Marketing at Metal Sales Manufacturing Corporation. With 21 facilities nationwide, Metal Sales manufactures metal roof and wall panels for the agricultural, commercial, architectural and residential markets since 1963.