If you own commercial property, you know that it’s a constant struggle to keep it in good repair and maintain your investment. Whether your property is industrial (like a warehouse), business commercial (like an office building), or commercial residential (like an apartment building), metal roofing options may be the right choice to save you money and improve your property value.
A Metal Roof Can Save on Energy Costs
Energy costs seem to go up every year, and having an old, poorly-insulated roof increases your energy use dramatically. Replacing the roof in your business or commercial residential property with stone-coated steel roofing can help save energy—and money.
Stone-coated steel roofing is installed over a solid plywood deck, just like shingles, in large panels that overlap each other. A pocket of air is created between the panels, which provides an extra layer of insulation to the building as well as helping to deaden any sound from the elements. The additional layers, which can include decking underlayment, moisture barriers, attic insulation, and a sheetrock ceiling, help keep warm air inside the building space and cold winter air out.
Preventing warm air from leaking out through the roof allows your property to stay at a more consistent, comfortable temperature while keeping your heating costs down. The insulating properties of metal roofs are also beneficial in the summer, when they can help prevent your cool, conditioned air from leaking out of your commercial buildings.
In addition to improving insulation, however, steel roofing can also naturally reduce the buildings’ interior temperature in the warmer months. When heat from the sun hits a roof, the heat is either absorbed by the roof or reflected and reradiated out into the environment and away from the roof. While a common misconception is that a metal roof would make the building hotter by conducting heat into it, metal roofing actually reflects heat rather than absorbing it like a dark asphalt material would. Significantly less heat is admitted into buildings with this type of roofing. The coating on stone-coated steel roofing also defends your roof against the damaging effects of ultraviolet radiation.
A Metal Roof Can Save on Maintenance & Repairs
Metal roofs are excellent for keeping your property safe and secure. A metal roof can withstand decades of abuse from extreme weather, including hail, high winds, and heavy snow, with minimal damage. It effectively seals out moisture to prevent problems like mold, mildew, and rot, and it makes snow removal easier. This means you’ll save money by reducing maintenance and upkeep costs.
Surprisingly, a metal roof is also safer from lightning strikes, since metal is a non-flammable material, and the construction design of the roofs mitigates any strike hazards. Because of the durability, longevity, and fire resistance of metal roofs, many insurers offer premium discounts for buildings where they are installed.
A Metal Roof Is the Best Long-Term Value
Steel roofs typically last from 40–70 years and come with a warranty of up to 50 years. By contrast, asphalt shingles must be replaced about every 20 years. The increased longevity not only saves money and reduces waste but can also enhance the resale value of your property. If you plan to purchase commercial property in a developing area and hold it as the area appreciates, a metal roof can be a great investment.
For a business, making a capital improvement like replacing a roof means that its value will be treated as a capital asset for tax purposes. This improves the value of your property and allows you to deduct the cost over a period of years. You should consult with your tax and accounting professionals about the best way to maximize your capital expense dollars and whether a metal roof could be the best long-term choice.
Is a Stone-Coated Steel Roof Right for You?
Consult with Hedrick Construction’s experienced roofers for an evaluation of whether a metal or stone-coated steel roof is right for your commercial property. Call our roofing professionals to schedule an inspection and get a free estimate to replace your Des Moines or Ames-area roof with EMCO steel roofing or other quality stone-coated steel roofing products.