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Commercial Metal Roofing: The First Choice for Many Businesses

Mar 29 2017

People tend to picture asphalt shingles when they hear the word “roof.” In fact, ask a group of 100 folks to imagine a roof, and metal isn’t what jumps to their minds. That’s unfortunate because metal roofing has a lot going for it, and it has helped quite a few businesses in their endeavors.

Why Would a Business Choose Metal Roofing?

The question should really be: Why wouldn’t a business choose metal roofing? Metal has so many things going for it. For example:

  • You can also paint your metal roof twice if you want. For example, at Metalsbetter, the paint alone comes with a 40-year warranty. Your roof will look as professional for as long as you need it to.
  • Metal roofs are more budget-friendly than asphalt. You can get one metal roof for the life of two or three asphalt roofs. Plus, it’s for a price that is only 15 to 20 percent more than a single asphalt roof. Install a metal roof, and it should last for the rest of your life.
  • Although we offer excellent roof coatings, they are more for industrial buildings and they are not considered "paint". The metal panel manufacturer does provide a 40yr warranty on the finish of the panel. But we do not paint roofs nor do we recommend it.
  • Metal helps your business save on its energy expenses. In fact, this type of roof keeps your interior temperatures level. No more shivering customers, no more sweating employees. You’ll see savings in other areas, too. Metal is safe and noncombustible, and the roofs don’t leak. So, insurers may give you a safety discount. We do not have knowledge of any safety discounts, however most insurance will provide a discount due to the durability & features of metal.

In a nutshell: Businesses love metal because of its longevity, affordability, appearance and safety.

How Does a Metal Roof Look?

Want a rustic look for your business? How about something sleek and modern? Or perhaps you prefer a California-style vibe. Metal roofing systems are incredibly versatile, which allows your roof to mesh well with the style and tone your business wants to set.

You don’t have to settle for the same look that every other business has.

In fact, you can choose from more than 100 colors, and if you want to copy the appearance of clay tile, slate or even asphalt, you can. (And there are many more selections.) If you prefer not to have metal shingles, you can opt for a standing seam roof. It performs just as well as metal shingles do.

Metal Roofing and Durability Go Hand in Hand

If you’re like the typical business, durability for your roof matters. A lot. For example, you don’t want a collapsed roof to interrupt operations and to turn off clients. The costs stemming from a damaged roof are tremendous, going beyond the direct repair or replacement price tag. For example, unsightly water stains on the ceiling may raise questions about the professionalism of your business.

Appearance matters, and you’ve got to have a roof that prevents problems.

Did you know that metal roofing is largely immune to extreme weather?

Your business can stay safe in all sorts of crazy weather, including snowstorms, hailstorms and windstorms. Goodness knows Oklahoma sees its share of ice storms and tornadoes; a metal roof boosts the odds that your business won’t have to close for even one day.

As for rust, it shouldn’t form on your metal roof. A coating of zinc and aluminum, or zinc alone, gets put on at the factory, and it prevents rust formation. Just choose the color you want for your paint, and never worry about rust.

You can also walk on a metal roof without causing damage, but each roof is unique. To walk safely on yours, get instructions from the manufacturer or installer.

Questions You Should Ask Before Choosing Metal Roofing

If you’re debating whether to go with metal roofing or another roofing type, ask a few questions.

What will I do with the current (old) roof?

If you choose metal, it’s possible for the new roof to be installed on top of the existing roof.

Is my roof near the end of its life?

If your roof still has a good few years in it and is performing well, you may want to wait to install a new roof unless there are good financial or time reasons for doing so now.

What are the top three things I want from my roof?

For example, you might need your roof to last at least 40 years, to have an appearance that fits your business, and to protect against storms. If you’re looking for a cheap option to last no longer than, say, 10 years, metal roofing probably isn’t for you.

How important is environmental friendliness to me/to the business?

Metal roofs are made largely from recycled material and can last 50 years or more. They also lead to lower energy bills and have a reduced carbon footprint. If your business culture values sustainability and the environment, metal is a smart choice.

How to Pick a Metal Roofing Company for Your Business

It’s a good idea to talk with at least three roofing companies. Get a feel of what level of service and quality you can expect from each, and keep a few things in mind.

Commercial expertise: Does the roofer have a lot of experience helping businesses, or is its work primarily residential?

Metal expertise: Likewise, just how well-versed is the company with metal roofs? Does it offer other types of roofs, or does it exclusively work with metal? One choice isn’t necessarily better than the other, but if you choose a company that specializes in metal roofing, you likely have a lot more options.

Customer reviews: What do sites such as Angie’s List say about the companies you are considering? Are there common complaints on a company’s Facebook or Twitter account? And if this matters to you, does the company give back to the community?

Business practices: Consider issues such as warranty (how long it covers and how much) and whether the business is licensed. Workers should be bonded and insured, and it’s a good practice to ask about subcontracting. A company that subcontracts its work out isn’t one you need to avoid per se, but you should ask how it ensures quality work.

Budgeting: Only work with companies that are willing to give you a written estimate.

Time: You may want the roof installed as soon as possible, or you might prefer to wait until a slow period for your business. Whatever the case is, don’t forget to ask about time frames and how long it will take to install the roof. Ask about any discounts you might qualify for by waiting a few months.

FAQs

There’s no shortage of frequently asked questions when it comes to metal roofing. If you don’t see your question answered below (or in the article above), please contact us. We’ll try to address your concern.

Aren’t metal roofs loud?

No. Noise is one of the biggest misconceptions surrounding metal roofs, and they’re actually quieter than asphalt shingle. When it hails or rains, a solid covering ensures that your employees and clients can work as usual.

What about rust?

Nothing you need to worry about. A metallic coating protects your roof from rust.

How can a groundskeeper or other staffer clean my rain gutters?

It’s usually fine to walk on a metal roof. You should, however, talk with your installer or manufacturer to determine the safest way to do. Considerations include the pitch and shape of your roof.

Won’t lightning be drawn to the roof?

Thankfully, no! There’s likely to be something higher than your roof, say, a tree or tower, that lightning will strike instead. In any case, metal roofing is safe and non-flammable. If your metal roof were struck, it would spread the energy around safely.

How much does a metal roof cost?

Up front, the price tag is higher than it is for asphalt shingles, about 15 to 20 percent more. In the long run, though, the cost is relatively low because you don’t need the replacements you would with asphalt. Maintenance is easier, and you save on energy bills and insurance costs.

Costs depend on factors such as labor and the price of metal. If your roof has gables or slopes, they will add to the price tag. Always get an estimate from roofing companies before proceeding with a project.

What are the cons of a metal roof?

For some businesses, the upfront cost is a negative. Also, it’s possible that if one small area needs to be repaired, the color of the new section might be a little off due to sun exposure on the other sections. It’s also worth noting that firefighters often have difficulty getting through metal roofs (fires are unlikely, but firefighters could need access for other reasons).

Can I add “green” tech to a metal roof?

Of course! You can choose to install solar panels, for example. Alternatively, the Forward Roofing System relies on photovoltaics to create solar energy without having to sacrifice on appearance.

Stats about Metal Roofing

If you’re a numbers guy or gal, here are some metal roofing stats that may interest you.

Metal is on the rise. In 2014, 71 percent of respondents in a Metal Architecture survey said that they specified at least one metal roof system. In 2015, the percentage was 75.6, and it was forecast to grow to 76.7 percent in 2016.

Low-slope SSR is the most common metal roofing type nationwide, with 47.6 percent of respondents using it. In the Midwest, however, where Oklahoma is, batten seam was most common, with 25.5 percent of respondents using it. (If you consider Oklahoma to be in the South, low-slope SSR is more common there.)

Metal roof projects are of varying sizes. Those with roofs less than 10,000 square feet are most common in the Midwest, with 51.9 percent of survey respondents saying they worked on projects of this size. Only 3.7 percent said they’d worked on roofs in excess of 80,000 square feet.

As for solar panels and other “green” tech on metal roofs, there doesn’t seem to be much demand yet, although the numbers are growing. For instance, in the 2012 survey, 27.8 percent of respondents specified solar panels, solar films or photovoltaics. For the 2015 survey, the percentage had grown to 38.6.

It is obvious that metal is on the rise as a roofing option. Don’t let your business be left behind. Get in touch with us today to see how we can help.