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4 Advantages Of Steel Roofing: Why A Steel Roof Is Right For Your Project

Whether you're looking to replace a storm-damaged roof on your home, upgrade the roof on a commercial property or you're erecting a brand-new structure, a steel roof provides many advantages. Compared to traditional asphalt shingle roofs, steel provides superior durability and strength. That said, steel roofing can cost a bit more than an asphalt roof due to a greater degree of complexity in the installation process and costlier materials. How do you decide which kind of roof is right for you? Learn about all the benefits of steel roofing from the experts at Greenville Steel!

Below, we'll share four key benefits of steel roof panels over asphalt shingles and other roof materials. When you invest in a steel roof, you'll enjoy longevity and durability that you simply don't get from ordinary shingles.


4. Steel Roofs Last Up To 4 Times Longer Than Traditional Asphalt Shingle Roofs

While costs can vary widely based on material, installation and the specific architecture of your building, a metal roof might cost twice as much as a traditional shingle roof when all is said and done. However, you may reap a significant savings over time. That's because a steel roof will last 2-4x as long as an asphalt shingle roof when subjected to the same conditions.

Unlike asphalt roofs, which can develop leaks and require maintenance to replace damaged shingles, metal roofs typically require very little maintenance. And since steel won't ignite in a fire or lightning strike, metal roofs are safer in dry, fire-prone climates!

3. Makes Adding Solar Panels Fast & Easy

Want to shrink your carbon footprint while lowering your energy bills, too? More and more residential owners are adding solar panels to their roofs -- and that's even easier when you have a steel roof. A standing seam metal roof features raised ribs to which an array of solar panels can easily be attached. You can't do that with a traditional shingle roof.

According to Solar-Estimate, rooftop solar panels will pay for themselves in energy savings in less than nine years! However, installing solar panels on an asphalt shingle roof will typically take longer and cost more, too. If you want to go green, it pays to go with steel roof panels.

2. Steel Roof Panels Are More Durable Than Shingles

You probably know that we're located right on the edge of Tornado Alley, and we know a few things about severe weather at Greenville Steel. When it comes to severe weather toughness, we think you'll agree that you simply can't beat steel roofing. Metal roofing can sustain winds up to 140 miles per hour and provides superior protection against hail damage and heavy rain. Steel roofs are less likely to leak, corrode or rust thanks to a durable finish. The result? Superior performance and resilience in severe weather. Where a single hailstorm is enough to totally destroy a typical shingle roof, a metal roof can stand up to just about anything the Texas climate can throw at it.


1. Energy Savings

Living in the Dallas area means you want your home to be a cool refuge from the summertime heat. And the springtime heat. And the autumn heat....

Where asphalt shingles can absorb heat and radiate that heat into your home, metal roofs reflect sunlight, keeping you cooler and reducing your energy consumption even further! Compared to a traditional roof, steel roof panels can reduce cooling costs by as much as 25%.

In fact, steel itself is more environmentally friendly than asphalt roofing. Asphalt roofing can't be recycled, and you may frequently need to repair that roof with (you guessed it) even more asphalt shingles. By contrast, steel roofing is not only almost entirely recyclable itself, it can be made from as much as 90% recycled materials! Installation is also easier since, contrary to what you might expect, a steel roof weighs less than one made from asphalt shingles. When you invest in a metal roof, you'll spend less on energy costs, reduce your carbon footprint and enjoy a leaner, greener home or office.

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