Metal roofing has the reputation of only being used on large industrial or commercial structures. While metal is a good option for these applications, it can also go beyond this with use on homes, architectural buildings, and agricultural structures.
Below are some of the common uses and applications of metal roofing.
One of the main reasons why metal roofing is commonly chosen in commercial applications is due to its superior weather resistance to outdoor elements, especially in areas where hurricanes or other tropical weather is a concern. Even if the structure isn’t in a tropical location, metal roofing gives businesses and building owners the peace of mind that their roof is destined to last and doesn’t need constant upkeep.
Some of the common uses of metal roofing in commercial properties include:
- Schools and Universities
- Government Buildings
- Military Structures
- Transportation Buildings
The residential market for metal roofing is in demand as homeowners begin to realize that metal roofing will actually save them money in the long run. Several homeowners don’t think their roofs are big enough to warrant a metal roof. However, this isn’t true.
Metal roofing systems can be used on something as small as a brick or stone mailbox.
There has also been an increase in metal roofing being used as an accent on an awning or as a part of the roof. Just make sure to consult with the manufacturer before your contractor installs two different materials together since they could potentially react or degrade one another.
Since metal roofing begins as a metal coil or sheet, it can be formed and cut into several shapes, sizes, and lengths. This variety, along with the durability, variety of colors, and eco-friendly qualities, gives architects many benefits to using metal to create aesthetically pleasing structures.
If you have ever been inside a warehouse, factory, or other industrial buildings, try looking up and see the roof from inside. This is a good example of structural metal roofing. This is when metal panels are installed over open framing or on structures that span long lengths and are attached directly to the frame or purlins.
Like structural applications, barns and other agricultural buildings are also some of the common uses of metal roofing. Agricultural structures traditionally use a lap seam profile, which is when the ends of the panels overlap each other and have sealant or exposed fasteners holding the two panels together.