There is no competition when it comes to roof longevity: metal roofs are immovable from the top spot. When asked what factors to consider in assessing roofing quality, building owners claimed that service life and lifestyle costs are most important. Both of which just happen to be metal roof’s biggest strengths.
Here’s a study to prove it:
Longer Lifespan – Bigger Savings on Cost
In 2004, a Ducker Research company conducted a research that compared the different life cycles of metal roofs, asphalt roofs and single-ply roofs. By inspecting 36 roofing systems from all industries – office, retail, institutional – the study found that metal roofs had a life expectancy of at least 40 years, which is 17 years more than that of asphalt and 20 years more than that of single-ply.
Lifespan still depends on the materials used. Experts recommend steel for superior quality. Steel roofing in Auckland, for example, can cover a variety of applications and is a cost-effective solution for both residential homes and commercial buildings.
The study also found building owners spend an average of 30 cents per square foot annually on metal roofs, versus 37 cents on asphalt and 57 cents on single-ply. Maintenance of metal roofs only costs about 3.5% of the total installation cost, versus 28% for asphalt and 19% for single-ply.
The people have spoken. If you prioritise service life and lower costs, going metal is an ideal investment.
A building’s HVAC system generally consumes at least 30% of the building’s energy, but investing in a well-designed and well-installed metal roofing system may help this number decline dramatically.
Other than saving on maintenance costs, you can also save up to 40% on energy expenses. The key lies in thicker insulation, which prevents energy loss and fosters steady interior temperatures.
Metal roofs are also cost-effective in terms of lighting. They effectively absorb daylight and reflect it into the room, minimising the need for electric lighting.
From commercial to residential applications, metal roofs meet the requirements of the practical homeowner. And though most of its benefits lie in its functionality, its aesthetic appeal is also worth noting. Metal roofing is something to consider for your next project.
About Judy Holcombe
Judy coaches Tourism and other service professionals, and is always working on scientifically sound observations to enhance service businesses around the world.