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Metal Roofing Pros and Cons

Aug 9, 2019

If you’ve ever considered metal roofing for your commercial property, there are some things to know. For starters, it’s important to do your research and weigh the pros and cons of metal roofing versus other more conventional roofing materials, such as asphalt, synthetic rubber, or propylene rubber.

Below, we’ll outline the various benefits and potential downsides of metal roofing, so that you can better decide on the most appropriate roofing material for your commercial or industrial property.

What are the pros of metal roofing? 

Durability. The biggest benefit to metal roofing is that it’s extremely durable. For example, if you have your metal roof installed by a professional commercial roofing contractor, it should last the entirety of its lifespan (50+ years). A metal roof will also easily survive severe windstorms, heavy snowfall, ice accumulation, and substantial rainfall. Metal is also extremely resistant to mildew, fire, and rot, therefore, there’s a lower chance of damage.

Easy Installation. Generally, metal roofing comes in large (but lightweight) panels or multiple-shingle sections, making it extremely easy to install. Installing a metal roof is a fairly quick and easy process, so as long as an experienced commercial roofing contractor installs it.

Energy Efficient. Metal roofing reflects the sun’s heat, minimizing the heat during the hottest part of the day. This means there’ll be less of a need for air conditioning, ultimately saving you money in energy bills. 

What are the cons of metal roofing? 

Expensive. Metal roofing is among the most costly roofing systems to install. Although this may seem like a big initial investment, the durability of the material could save you on maintenance, repairs or roofing replacement.

Denting. Roofs made from metal can easily dent, especially if something of significant weight hits it. For this reason, commercial property owners who require metal roofing will stay away from installing aluminum or copper roofing, as it is softer and more prone to denting than steel.

Noisy. As a commercial property owner in Toronto, you’re no stranger to high winds and heavy rainfall. If your roof is made of metal, you may notice increased noise during severe weather. For some, this isn’t a problem, but for others, they may want to seek noise cancelling alternatives such as structural barriers to reduce noise and the drumming effect during harsh weather.

Commercial Roofing Experts in Toronto, Ontario

Before you decide on the type of roof to install on your commercial or industrial property, be sure you consider the style of your building, its structural capability, and the climate where it’s located. For some commercial property owners in Toronto, metal roofing makes perfect sense and will do a great job at preserving a building’s structural integrity.

To learn more about metal roofing, or the other types of commercial roofing systems we install in Toronto, Ontario contact us today. Or, book your free roofing inspection here.