Most homes in Ohio have asphalt roofs, which require replacement every 7 to 20 years. It’s affordable, but asphalt starts to degrade as soon as it’s installed. This is due to UV rays and weather. If you want a new roof that will last for decades, it’s time to consider metal. Metal roofing can withstand nearly all weather conditions. Along with looking great, a metal roof can last up to 60 years or longer.
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Types of Commercial Metal Roofing
There are a handful of metals that are used in metal roofing systems. Each has its own pros and cons.
Aluminum is a popular material for roofs. It’s lightweight and durable and it can be used for standing seam, shingle, tile, and slate profile roofs. Aluminum will never rust which gives it a very long life. It is more expensive than steel, however, and it can be damaged by hail.
Galvalume steel is another option. This carbon/iron steel is coated with zinc and aluminum. Galvalume is resistant to corrosion and it’s fairly affordable. It’s usually only available as shingles or standing seam.
A very popular choice for metal roofs in Ohio. Most commercial metal roofs are made from galvanized steel. It comes in most roofing profiles like standing seam and shingles. It’s also very strong and costs less than most other metal options. The downside is it has a shorter lifespan than other metals.
Aside from these three popular options, there are a few other materials to consider. Copper is considered the most beautiful metal roof, but it’s the most expensive. It can be used as accents over bay windows and dormers, however. Over time, copper develops a beautiful blue-green patina. It can also last up to 100 years or longer. There are also exotic materials like stainless steel and terne-coated stainless.
There are dozens of ways to customize your metal roof. You can achieve a traditional standing seam look with ease or the old-world beauty of tiles.
Shake, slate, tile, & metal roof shingles:
Allow you to enjoy the benefits of metal with a traditional look. These panels are attached to your roof deck with a hidden clip system or flange. Shakes have a higher profile than shingles with more texture. This means metal shakes can sometimes be installed over an existing roof like thin wood shingles. With the slate profile, you can choose flat, diamond, or scalloped tiles
Standing seam metal roofs:
Standing seam metal roofs are the most common. This type of system is popular with residential and commercial buildings. Standing seam creates a distinctive look that can work with most home styles.
The most budget-friendly option is sheet metal roofing. Corrugated metal roofing is a type of sheet metal. It’s easy to install but it won’t last as long as other metal roofing systems.
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Finally, metal roofing comes in a rainbow of colors to match the style of your home. Some homeowners choose traditional colors like rich brown to resemble asphalt shingles.
Others prefer something vibrant and eye-catching like bright red or deep blue.
Why Metal Roofing?
Metal roofing is more expensive than most roofing systems, so what makes it a good idea? There are actually many benefits to metal roofing. Here’s why you should consider commercial metal roofing for your new roof.
A light or dark metal roof reflects heat in the summer and insulates in the winter. This helps reduce your energy bills every year.
Metal roofs can last a lifetime which means less waste going into landfills. Standard roof materials like shingles contribute about 20 billion pounds of waste to landfills every year. When the roof reaches the end of its life, it can also be recycled.
A metal roof can last 60 years or more. Metal has a very low lifecycle cost which means it can cost as little or less than standard asphalt shingles.
Impervious to sun and heat damage:
Traditional roofing materials dry out, crack, and become brittle over time. This is caused by heat and sun exposure. Metal is immune to this type of damage.
A metal roof offers the greatest protection against fire. This type of roof resists collapse due to an interior house fire. It will also not catch fire from airborne sparks and debris.
Resists hail damage:
In areas with hail, metal roofing offers an important benefit. Metal offers good protection against hail and may qualify for an insurance discount.
Metal roofs are extremely resistant to high winds. This ability is retained as the roof ages.
Metal Roof Repair
Metal roofs do not require nearly as much maintenance as asphalt shingles. Still, some repairs are sometimes needed. Sometimes metal roofs leak along the seams or flashing.
Many metal roof leaks are caused by installation errors. Our metal roofing contractors pinpoint the leak with a special tool. We determine if sealant was applied under the panels. If necessary, a panel must be removed to apply new sealant.
OTHER REPAIRS WE PERFORM INCLUDE:
Storm damage repair, usually caused by large hail
Rust and corrosion, which may affect older roofs. We apply a metal roof coating after brushing the surface to stop future rust. Gaps and cracks. Damaged panels will be cleaned before metal adhesive is applied to damaged areas. A metal fiber membrane is applied to the surface for a uniform surface.
If your aging roof is showing signs of surface damage, metal roof coating is recommended. This can extend the life of your metal roof and make it look like new.
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Questions about metal roofing?
Have questions about metal roofing? Here are some of the most common questions we hear from customers. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions about metal roof installation or repair.
Can you install a metal roof on top of shingles?
Some types of metal roofs can be installed over some existing roofs. Metal roofing is usually very lightweight. This means it can typically be installed on an existing shingle roof. If you choose to do this, make sure you only work with reliable metal roofing companies. The quality of the existing roof determines the longevity of the new roof. It is not always a good idea to install metal over shingles, either. Installing a new roof on an existing roof can hide any defects that may cause problems later.
Keep in mind this can only be done if the local building authority allows this type of installation. Most building code prohibits installing more than 2 layers of roofing material. The plywood under your shingles must also be in good condition with no soft spots.
Is a metal roof more expensive than a normal roof?
Metal roof installation is more than asphalt roof installation. This is because metal roofing is a more expensive material. On average, metal roof shingles cost $7 to $10 per square foot. A standing seam metal roof costs $9 to $12 per square foot.
Despite a higher upfront cost, metal roofing can be more affordable in the long run. A metal roof can last 2-4 times longer than asphalt. This can save you tens of thousands in reroofing costs. Metal also needs minimal upkeep. You will not need to worry about or pay for shingle replacement or frequent repairs. Metal roofing has a very low lifecycle cost that can make it more affordable than a normal roof.
There may be additional ways to save money by choosing metal roof installation. Metal can reduce your energy costs by reflecting heat in the summer. It can also increase the resale value of your home. The roof is one of the biggest and most expensive systems of your home. Buyers are willing to pay a premium for a roof that will not need to be replaced in the next 10-20 years. Many insurance companies also offer a discount when you have a metal roof. This is because metal reduces the risk of costly structural damage from high winds, earthquakes, fires, and other perils.
What is the lifespan of a metal roof?
How long a metal roof will last depends on two primary factors: the type and thickness of the metal and the installation. Depending on the material, a metal roof can last for 40 to 100 years. Most metal roofs last around 60+ years. Most metal roofs have a warranty for up to 40 years which is at least twice the standard traditional roof warranty. The typical metal roof lasts 3-7 times longer than a regular roof.