Durable Roofing Choice
Owners of commercial buildings are always seeking the best price on anything, including roofing materials. The options in commercial roofing start offer several types to choose from, like metal roofing or some other material?
For example, slate and tile are the most expensive but will last 100 years. Or the option of built-up or modified bitumen that is a less expensive and shorter lifespan. So, while they want the best price they can find, they also know that getting the best protection possible is necessary too. It is because most commercial building owners choose metal roofing.
Other benefits of metal roofing that make it so attractable for commercial building owners:
- Almost maintenance free
- Lifespan of 50 years or longer
- Chemical resistant
- Fire resistant
- Weather resistant
- Easy Installation
- Reflect UV rays
For a new commercial building owner, though, there are still questions, like how metal roofing is installed and is metal roofing with insulation the best way to go? Or can they install metal roofing without screws and what are they including in the way of metal roofing and accessories? Answering these questions and providing helpful information about metal roofing is the purpose of this piece. After reading this and doing your own research, you will make an informed decision.
Do Metal Roofs dent easily?
Yes, metal roofing dents easily, especially if hailstones, tree limbs, or anything with substantial weight or lands with a strong velocity strike. If you want metal roofing that won’t dent as easy, aluminum and copper the weakest while steel is stronger.
Do Metal Roofs leak?
Metal roofing offers durability, performance, and strength, but that doesn’t mean they are indestructible. So, the short answer is, yes, they can leak, and here are six of the most common reason that they do, and the subcategories of each reason:
Screws installed wrong:
- Used without the rubber seal
- Under tightened
- Inserted at the wrong angle
- Missed framing or strut
- Stack flashings are found around air vents, HVAC, and plumbing pipes
- Under metal ridge caps
- Under Z flashings
- Roof transitions
- Counter flashings
- Pitch pan
Seams and overlaps
- Capillary Draw
- Uphill side of curbs
- Two upper corners of curbs
Do metal roofs get Moss?
Metal roofing is a durable, highly functional, and long lasting. However, they are still susceptible to the damage moss can cause. No, moss doesn’t grow on metal roofing, but steel is another matter. So, why would moss grow on a roof?
The wind can carry moss spores on any rooftop, including metal roofing, and animals, birds. These tiny spores will fall on to nearby tree branches and keep growing, even though it doesn’t have roots. For moss spores to grow, it needs to match up with an organic material.
The organic material it finds on your roof is bird droppings or pollen. Both have the nutrients that moss needs to feed and grow. If you notice that moss is only one side of your metal roofing, it thrives better on northern sides and in the shade.
Moss is like a sponge and if left along, it will hold water. Initially, it will discolor, fade, and stain. When left long enough, it can corrode your roof, get heavy with moisture, corroding deeper. Roofing experts recommend you clean the moss off periodically to keep moss from taking root on your metal roofing.
Do metal roofs make house hotter?
Traditional asphalt shingled roof absorbs heat that radiates beyond the roofline and into the building. This can increase the temperature indoors by as much as 25 degrees.
Metal roofing thanks to modern ways to make them energy-efficient, reflects the sun’s UV rays and heat. What this means for our is as much as 50 percent in energy savings. For the best reflection of UV rays, choose metal roofing in a light color, this will increase the reflective ability by 15% or more.
What are the disadvantages of a metal roof?
Metal roofing is an attractive option for several reasons, which we have covered earlier. They are energy efficient, have a long lifespan, and need minimal maintenance. Before you make a final decision, confirm the metal roofing you choose has been tested and is FM Global, UL, or other tested labeled. As with anything to do with a commercial building, make sure it is within the code requirements.
There are a few factors that may be a drawback to choosing metal roofing:
- Affordability – metal roofing cost as much as 3 times more than any other roofing material.
- Noisy – metal roofing can be noisy, especially during a hailstorm or heavy rain.
- Movement – metal roofing contracts and expands with cold and heat weather.
- Colors – color matching metal roofing is inconsistent.
Metal roofing has become a popular option in recent years for commercial buildings. While there are some disadvantages, the advantages far outweigh them. Commercial building owners are deciding the initial expense to have metal roofing installed provides many benefits over the lifetime, and the lifetime is longer than other types of roofing. They addition of a gutter system around the structure has proven to aid in water damage causing foundation issues as well. If going you’re going to go with the expense of metal roofing, adding a gutter system with downspouts is addition to that amount. To learn more about metal roofing in Fate and Rockwall, TX, dial (214) 247-7002 today!