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A Guide to Metal Roofing

A Guide to Metal Roofing

For many commercial and industrial buildings, metal roofing is proving to be extremely beneficial, making it a popular roofing choice across the country.

This month we’re taking a look at metal roofing, explaining exactly what it is, the differences between materials, and some of the reasons you might think of having one installed in your building.

Metal roofing materials

Metal roofing can be made from a variety of materials including: steel, aluminium, copper and zinc alloys. Steel is the most frequently used material while aluminium is often used as a lightweight alternative – although it is slightly more prone to denting than steel. Copper and zinc roofing are vastly more expensive than both steel and aluminium, but copper roofing can last for hundreds of years, making it a good choice for public buildings like churches and schools.

Benefits of metal roofing

Generally, metal roofing needs far less maintenance than an asphalt roof. Despite it costing more for the initial installation, you can expect a metal roof to last many years longer than a traditional roof – and it won’t need as many repairs throughout its lifespan. In the long run, a metal roof will end up being the most cost-effective roofing solution, so if you can afford the initial price to install one on your business premises, you will definitely see the benefits later on.

Metal roofs will also help out with energy bills due to their reflective properties. Heat won’t be absorbed, meaning you won’t be spending as much on cooling your building. This is most beneficial with aluminium and steel roofing – the darker colours of copper and zinc make them less energy efficient – so if you’re mostly concerned with saving money over the next few years, steel and aluminium are a good choice.

It’s also worth noting that metal roofs are resistant to fire. For many commercial and industrial buildings, safety and risk prevention are extremely important so minimising the risk of fire – and being able to mitigate the impact should one break out – could prove highly influential when it comes to choosing the right roofing solution.

Metal roofing can also be finished in a number of durable paints to create an attractive aesthetic, and bespoke components can be created to match the design, shape and style of the roof and building. Curved metal flashings, for example, provide great protection from the elements and can be created to fit roofs of any shape or size – definitely beneficial for buildings with modern, contemporary architectural designs.

Corrivo supply bespoke metal roofing components for a wide range of commercial and industrial buildings. Contact us for more information and we will be happy to advise you!

Installation considerations

The choice of roofing material doesn’t just come down to budget: where you are located and the style of roof will influence what you can do, too.

If your property is on the coast or otherwise exposed to salt spray, you need a metal roof that fights against corrosion. You should opt for aluminium if this is a concern as it is much more resistant to corrosion and rust than uncoated steel. Steel roofs can be coated to make them corrosion resistant, but this will add some maintenance down the line when the coating begins to show signs of wear and failure.

Because of the more lightweight nature of metal roofing, it is typically possible to install metal roofing over an old roof, saving you the cost and hassle of removing asphalt shingles. For flat roofs especially, metal roofing brings a more modern, attractive look to industrial premises, so it is definitely worth thinking about upgrading to bring a more up-to-date feel to your business.

Corrivo are a leading manufacturer of bespoke metal components for the industrial roofing industry. We provide a range of specialised roofing components built to your specific requirements, perfect for roofs of any shape or size. For expert advice and equipment for any metal roofing project, dont hesitate to contact our friendly team today.

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