Traditionally, metal roofs were used on commercial buildings and in rural areas on homes and barns. Thanks to advancements in the technology, business owners can now purchase metal roofs in colors and styles that match their surroundings. Here at Clyde Nettles, we are proud to offer metal roofs in a variety of colors and styles.
These days, metal roofs are offered in a variety of materials to better suit your business’ needs and budgets. Some of the available materials for metal roofs are:
The type of material you choose for your new metal roof largely depends on where your building is located. Aluminum typically works best for coastal areas while galvanized steel tends to corrode when chronically exposed to salt water. Copper roofs can be used anywhere, and they typically last hundreds of years. However, copper is also the most expensive type of metal roofing.
Metal roofs provide a number of benefits for business owners. Some of the most notable benefits of metal roofs are:
Asphalt shingle roofs are one of the most popular roofing products on the market. Asphalt shingles are less expensive than most other roofing materials, and they are easy to install, but they do not have the longevity or durability of metal roofs.
Shingle roofs, on average, last between 20 and 30 years while metal roofs can last 50 or more years when properly maintained. Metal is lighter than asphalt and can sometimes be installed over existing roofing materials.
Metal roofs always have a Class A fire rating. This means that metal roofs won't catch on fire or spread fire even if a burning ember falls onto your roof. Asphalt shingles, by comparison, are typically rated Class B if they contain fire retardants. To reach a Class A fire rating, shingle roofs need additional materials added to the roofing system.
Metal roofs must be installed by experienced, professional roofers, like the ones we employ here at Clyde Nettles. Metal roofs can be purchased in metal shingles and standing seam sheets, and each type has a different installation process. Installing a metal roof typically requires special tools and double-headed or heavy-duty screws.
In some instances, installing metal shingle roofs does not require removing the existing material. However, local building codes and the number of previous layers of roofing will determine whether or not your existing roofing needs to be removed. If you are considering installing standing seam metal roofing, the old material must be removed prior to installation.
Metal roofs require less maintenance than other types of roofing materials. However, they should still be inspected to ensure the fasteners are in good condition and the metal panels have not shifted or dented due to adverse weather and high winds.
To request an estimate or learn more about our metal roofing options, contact one of our roofing specialists today.