If the building that you house your business in has a sloping roof, you probably find yourself in the same position as most homeowners. After a major storm or hail event, you take a long walk around and on top of your building looking for damage. You might also have a replacement budget that cycles every 20 years, since shingles won't last forever.
That's why so many business owners are making the switch to a metal commercial roof for their business. You'll find that there are a number of attractive advantages that can make your life as a business owner easier--for a number of compelling reasons.
Reason #1--Life Expectancy
Even when mother nature doesn't decide to wage war on your asphalt shingles, they don't last forever. Rain and snow cause the granules on these shingles to deteriorate and wear away over time, reducing the amount of protection and functionality that your roof provides. Depending on the type of shingle used and how they're installed, you can expect to replace your shingles every 20 years or so.
Metal roofs are a whole different story. Most warranties for metal roofs last up to 50 years, with some having lasted a century--even though they were installed with technology from that time period. That means if you decide to go with metal for your next roof, it could easily be the last roof you ever have to purchase for your business.
The life expectancy of your roof is a theoretical number applied to a product that's exposed to perfect conditions. Unfortunately, your business doesn't exist in this utopia--instead, your building is exposed to the elements on a daily basis. High winds, sleet, ice, and other factors can dramatically reduce the years you get out of your roof.
A metal roof is much more suited to withstand these elements than a roof with shingles. In fact, FEMA has a set of guidelines for utilizing metal roof options in areas where high winds are common. Even if you don't live in one of these target areas, you'll find that the durability of a metal roof provides you with unparalleled peace of mind and budget stability.
Reason #3--Reduced Overhead
Overhead, as you likely know, is the total of the costs you incur while your business operates that aren't directly related to your product. Rent, taxes, and maintenance are all examples of the components of your overhead expenses. While some of these are outside of your control, one component of overhead that you can control easily is your utility expense.
Metal roofs tend to be classified as reflective roofs. This means that they do a great job of reflecting the sun's heat outward instead of trapping it in your building. Your building will be much easier to keep cool as a result--so much so that you might find there is a tax deduction for metal roof installation. Air conditioning costs will be much lower over the life of your roof as a result.
Reason #4--Aesthetic Impact
One of the biggest challenges for any business is establishing name recognition and familiarity. While this is something that the consumer goods sector knows well, it's an important idea for all businesses to consider. However, most people forget to utilize the largest, most recognizable part of their business for this purpose--their building.
A metal roof can help you create a dramatic, pleasing aesthetic for your building through the use of bold color. Shingles tend to exist only in earth tones. On the other hand, a metal roof can display any color you choose--making your building stand out from the others. When used intentionally, this can become part of the strategy by which you brand your business in your community.
The next time a storm creates damage on your roof, consider upgrading to a metal option. The benefits are numerous, and you'll find the choice is perfectly suited for business owners of all types and sizes.