Benefits Of Steel Roofing

Roofs protect the home from all kinds of weather and make it snug. While various roofing materials are used in their construction, steel is one option with many advantages. 


One of the greatest positives of steel is its durability; steel roofing can last for decades. The corrugated sheets or panels typically undergo treatments that coat them with an alloy to prevent rusting. Other polyester coverings both protect the metal and create an attractive finish. Also, steel doesn't crack like substances such as concrete and terracotta.

Light But Strong

As a roofing material, steel is lightweight, so it doesn't weigh down the building structure with a heavy load as some other materials, like concrete, do. This is vital in alpine areas where snow on a rooftop can pressure the building structure. Because steel is relatively light to begin with, the extra weight of snow does not matter so much (and it tends to slide off the smooth surface). Additionally, even though steel is light, it is also strong and well able to bear the load of solar panels and hot water systems.

Variety Of Design

Metal roofs are versatile and available in various shapes and colours. They can create traditional gabled and hip roofs, or they can form a fluid, modern curved roof with an organic feel. As well, the corrugation styles and profiles vary so that they can be slimmer or broader, and even steel tiles are an option.

Can Withstand Variable Weather

Steel can withstand weather extremes. These roofs are largely fire-resistant, and they rarely sustain hail damage. When installed correctly, they tend to stay in place in the face of strong winds and cyclones.

Because steel sheets are typically not thick, they don't provide a significant amount of thermal mass, which is when materials slowly absorb and store heat from the sun during the day and then release it later that night. However, whether you would want roofing with a high thermal mass depends on your local climate. In hot, humid areas, it can be better to have materials with a low thermal mass, so cooling night air has a chance to freshen the home.

On its own, steel is not one of the great insulating roofing materials; however, it usually combines with other options to make a home comfortable. Treatments and light colours can help the sheets to reflect radiation from the sun, keeping rooms cooler during daylight hours. And options such as foil-and-blanket insulation can help to both insulate your home and muffle the sound of falling rain.