Adam Ryckman of Alliance Group Contracting insists that the best roof for a business facility is metal. Traditionally an industry roof style, metal roofs are now popular on homes and commercial properties. Manufacturers are now offering stylish metal roof options, along with jaw-dropping warranties. In other words, these roofs look good, and they are seriously reducing long-term property maintenance costs.
Here are the top four reasons why business owners prefer metal roofs for their facility.
Traditional asphalt roofs absorb heat. While this may be pleasant during cold, winter weather, increased heat in the summer raises indoor temperatures considerably.
For example, businesses in Florida — where Alliance Group Contracting operates — must crank the air during half the year, as the roof traps heat within a building where scores of employees mull about.
However, metal roofs don’t absorb, they reflect. In the Southeast United States, metal roofs account for a 25% reduction in energy usage. Additionally, HVAC systems endure considerably less wear-and-tear during periods of extreme heat.
Metal roof manufacturers are also applying extra layers of coating that further reflect sunshine and resist heat. Business facilities are choosing metal roofs to retain comfortable temperatures within the building and lower their utility bill.
Metal roofs are far easier to maintain than are other roof materials. Ideally, business owners will partner with roofing contractors who will inspect and service the roof regularly. Typically, a metal roof requires surface maintenance on an annual basis. In the absence of extreme weather, these roofs can go as long as a year and half between surface maintenance services.
Beyond surface maintenance, facilities managers need to periodically clean the roof of grime and dirt, as well as clear the gutters. Lastly, the grounds staff should make sure that no objects or tree branches are leaning against or scraping the roof.
Traditional asphalt materials are more susceptible to deterioration. It’s not uncommon for portions of an asphalt roof to need patching and replacing every few years.
Reduced Carbon Footprint
Most roof materials are not conducive to easy recycling. Asphalt, for example, goes straight to landfills and is not simple to reuse. In fact, asphalt tile is known as a petroleum product.
Additionally, traditional roofs need to be replaced every couple of decades (if not sooner), says Adam Ryckman of Alliance Group Contracting. This increases the building’s carbon footprint, as work crews enter the scene more frequently and throw out old tiles.
In contrast, metal roofs are fully recyclable. Most metal roofs today consist of a substantial percentage of recycled metal, steel, and/or aluminum.
The most compelling argument in favor of metal roofs are their durability. Most manufacturer warranties last for a minimum of 30 years. With regular maintenance, metal roofs last in excess of 70 years.
Metal roofs can handle extreme winds and heavy moisture. Lastly, metal roof replacements are rare, unless property owners neglect to maintain the roof. Most property owners can count on a metal roof to last for the duration of their ownership and, more impressively, their lifetime.
Final Thoughts from Alliance Group Contracting
A metal roof for your business is a good investment for a variety of reasons, from energy savings and minimal maintenance to a reduced carbon footprint and durability. Alliance Group Contracting suggests calling a roofing expert for more information.
Alliance Group Contracting is a Florida-based metal roofing and maintenance company. In addition to providing full-service roofing construction services throughout the state, Alliance is also an industry authority for the United States Southeast.