Although commercial metal roofs are not as common as other roofing types (such as TPO and EPDM) they offer many benefits. As the technology and materials in the roofing industry have improved, some fo the benefits of a commercial metal roof in Massachusetts now include:
Although metal roofing costs a bit more to install initially, it is far more cost-effective over the long term.
Commercial metal roofs are able to withstand years of extreme weather, including high winds, heavy snow, fire, and hail just to name a few. Snow slides right off with roof waterproofing, which is important for Massachusetts metal roofing in the cold winter months. As soon as the sun warms the metal the snow begins to melt and slide off the roof. Regarding fires, any burning materials that reach a metal roof will simply bounce off and fall to the ground, while other roofing systems are at greater risk to catch fire.
Approximately 20% of a metal roof is made up of recycled materials. By comparison, 20 billion pounds of asphalt shingles are dumped into landfills each year around the US. Additionally, a metal roof can be installed over the existing shingle roof. This is not only a benefit for the environment but also reduces the cost of installation.
Commercial metal roofing is about the value of the roof and not the initial cost. Asphalt shingles last anywhere from 12-20 years, with 15 years being the average. Commercial metal roofs routinely last for 60 or more years. Even if a metal roof only lasts for 60 years if will have lasted four times as long as your average asphalt roof. If you’re paying less than four times the cost of an asphalt roof then the value of a commercial metal roof is greater.