Metal roofing sheets
Metal roofing sheets have developed for the better over recent years. No longer is it the loud roofing material that lacks curb appeal. The material has improved which has given it more benefits. Some benefits of metal roofing sheets are:
- It is lightweight
- Little to no maintenance
- Fire resistant
- Long-life span of 30 to 50 years
- Energy efficient
- Environmentally sustainable
The last benefit list, environmentally sustainable, is the number one draw for commercial structure owners. The surface reflects the UV rays, which can keep a building cooler in areas like Arizona, Oklahoma, Texas. When the building is cooler, it is less strain on the HVAC system.
Another point in its favorability of being environmentally sustainable is that most of the metal roofing sheets today are made from recycled metals here in North America. This means a commercial building owner will get a tax credit for going green.
Where to buy metal roofing sheets?
If you’re having a metal roof installed, the metal roofing contractor will bring the metal roofing sheets with them. In fact, most will have their own sheet metal services so they can customize the sheets to fit each customer’s job specifically instead of including a third party in the job. For small DIY jobs around your business, you can purchase metal roofing sheets at the usual big box home improvement stores or from roofing companies that sell to the public.
How much does a sheet of metal roofing cost?
Metal roofing sheets are a different thickness for a commercial building installation than a residential structure simply because of the area to be covered. For a commercial structure, corrugated steel panels average between about $4.00 to $6.00 per square foot. The metal roofing sheets for metal standing seam roofing costs between about $7.00 to $13.00 per square foot on average. Prices may vary based on the location of the commercial structure and the size of the job, as a bigger job may have a lower per square foot cost.
How wide is metal roofing sheets?
Before a metal roofing contractor can provide you a quote, they need to know the configuration and size of the roof the metal roofing sheets will be installed upon. They then determine how many metal roofing sheets are needed, which will depend on a few different factors:
- The type of metal roofing sheets
- What size are metal roofing sheets are used
Metal roofing sheets come in two widths: 24 inches and 36 inches. The contractor will take into consideration that a two-inch overlap is needed on both sides of each metal roofing sheet for proper installation.
What is the cheapest metal roofing?
For choosing a type of metal roofing sheet for a commercial building, metal is a very wide term with as many as 100 types of metals (maybe more) on the periodic table of. A list of the most common type of metals and the average pricing for each is:
- Aluminum $150-$600
- Copper $800-$1,500
- Galvalume coated steel $75 to $200 per square
- Galvanized steel $150 to $350 per square
- Stainless steel $400 to $1,200 per square
- Zinc $600 to $1,000 per square
Each of these metal roofing sheets is a good option, with each having their own pros and cons. The pricing will be dependent on where you’re located, typically aluminum and galvanized steel are the cheapest.
When Making a choice for metal roofing sheets, you should research all types and determine which is best for your structure, the climate and the environment. Choosing the cheapest for install may be the more expensive one over time.
The benefits of aluminum metal roofing sheets are the material offers a high reflectivity naturally, making it an energy-efficient choice. It is a highly pliable and recyclable, sustainable material. Aluminum is one of the few available metal roofing sheets with insulation with foam cores.
Galvanized steel metal roofing sheets have a steel core and are made rust resistant using a zinc coating. It is a low-maintenance material that increases energy efficiency, and because it is a heavier style of metal, it is more durable upon impact. It is those features of galvanized steel that has makes it a popular choice of material for rain gutters.
What are the disadvantages of a metal roof?
Every roofing option will have disadvantages and advantages that should be considered. With metal roofing sheets, most experts will say that the advantages far outweigh any disadvantages.
Two of the most common misconceptions about metal roofing are the ability to withstand hail and they attract lightning. To answer the first misconception, reputable metal roofing sheets material is a heavier gauge of metal that resists denting. Regarding lighting attraction, this has not proved to be true. The most obvious disadvantages of metal roofing sheets are:
- The Cost: Installation of metal roofing sheets is an initial expense and more costly than other roofing material options.
- The Noise: When not installed properly, metal roofing sheets are noisier than other roofing material alternatives.
- The Snow: Accumulation of snow on metal roofing sheets will slide off and could cause damage and/or injury to anyone or anything below.
Does a metal roof lower your insurance?
It can vary between location and type of building. Some commercial building insurance provides replacement costs, some just repair. Some commercial building insurance provides storm damage for metal roofing sheets that are torn off, some do not. It is in the owner’s best interest to verify ahead of needing to know what it covers and what isn’t.
Some material for metal roofing sheets and/or the installation may be covered under product-specific warranty, which can be affected by whether the roofing contractor installed the roof properly. Which is why always go with a reputable roofing contractor.
Most commercial building insurance companies will provide enough coverage, but you need to request it. The basic policy that most issue doesn’t consider any additions to a roof, like new signage, HVAC units, etc. When the policy comes around for renewal, review it and make any updates as needed. Or as you make additions to the metal roofing sheets, call and have your policy updated to meet coverage for those additions.
Any insurance company will not pay for a claim that the damage is a result of negligence. For your own protection, we recommend the following steps:
- Inspections: annually or semi-annually
- Routine maintenance/repairs as needed
- Log contractor visits on the roof with their purpose stated
- Address any problems discovered during inspections
- Know the warranty on existing metal roofing sheets and materials/labor
When choosing metal roofing sheets and a contractor to install them, ask questions, research the material options suggested and ask the contractor if they are experienced in how to customize metal roofing sheets and when that is necessary, and what that will add to the cost of the job. Dial (412) 227-8488 today