Advantages of Metal Roofing for Your Business
Choosing the right roof for your business’s steep slope roof is an important decision. Most companies are looking for durable and cost-effective solutions for their property, and with so many materials available, it’s hard to choose which one will be the most beneficial to your business. Metal roofing isn’t a new concept but is commonly associated with residential properties. Metal roofs are a great alternative to traditional steep slope roofing materials. Many business owners aren’t aware of the benefits this material offers their commercial property and the impact it can have on saving them money and protecting their building.
Metal Roofs Have a Longer Lifespan
When asked what the most critical aspects of roof materials were, most owners ranked lifespan as the number one concern. Modern metal roofs provide commercial buildings with unparalleled durability. Most of the materials on the market have specialized coatings that prevent damage from rusting and external forces that give them a lifespan of about 40 years, as opposed to 20 or so years from traditional asphalt shingles. The material itself is weathertight and can flex/move with expansion and contraction due to temperature changes. These properties ensure long-lasting protection without the worry of ripping or tearing that could cause water damage, which will save your business money down the line.
Save on Your Monthly Energy Bill
If you’re looking for ways to save on energy consumption, metal roofing is one of the best options on the market. In fact, metal roofs can save almost 40% in air conditioning costs in the summer, while also providing excellent insulation during the colder months. The secret behind its energy efficiency are the different finishes available. Based on your location and needs, you can find a coating that suits your business needs. Pre-painted or granular layers reflect solar energy which makes your building much cooler. Additionally, you can purchase unpainted metal which will reflect the sun’s rays, rather than absorbing them like concrete tiles or asphalt shingles.
Steel Roofs Provide Fire Protection
In general, most roof systems are available in three different fire grades to ensure you are getting the right protection for your property:
- Class A is the preferred choice for anyone concerned about severe exposure to dry heat and wildfires.
- Class B roofing protects from flames that are up to eight feet and last 1 hour before ignition.
- Class C is light fire protection resisting flames spread up to 13 feet and withstand three cycles of gas flame turned on and off.
Metal roofs are non-combustible which make them a great choice for commercial properties.
Of all the materials available on the market, steel roofs fall under a Class A rating which provides the maximum amount of protection. Because of its ability to withstand fires at this level, many insurance companies offer discounts on premiums for those who choose to have it installed.
Low Maintenance Roofing for Your Business
When it comes to maintaining your metal roof, there are only a couple of critical steps to ensure a long lifespan.
- Metal roofing is sleek; debris easily slides off the panels and into the gutters. Regular removable of branches and leaves from the gutter will prevent water overflowing and causing corrosion.
- While being one of the most resilient roofing materials, Nature has the ability to break down any materials. You’ll need to keep an eye out for holes, loose trims and caps, loose or missing fasteners so you can prevent leaks.
Other than that, maintenance is pretty straightforward. All you’ll need to do is routinely check screws are tight and apply a touch up of paint when or if necessary.
Metal roofs are long-lasting, fire resistant and energy efficient that require very little maintenance, making them an excellent choice for businesses. If you’re looking to upgrade your metal roof or are interested in a retrofit, contact JBK Roofing, Inc. at 606-523-9000 to speak to one of our experts.