How Long Do Commercial Metal Roofs Last?

Metal roofs are significant investments in quality materials with exceptional strength and resistance against rains and sub-zero temperatures. Despite their exceptional properties, metal roofs can still deteriorate as they age. 

Typically, commercial metal roofs have a 50-year lifespan. Zinc-coated products (galvanized) can add about five years. Aluminum coating or galvaluming can add the same number of years and work well with homes needing lightweight roofs.

Damage to metal roofs can occur as its fasteners rust, loosen, and expose the material to moisture. Signs of aging metal roofs include surface rusting, lack of movement and flexibility, and punctures. New metal roofs might also rust rapidly If your metal roofs are incompatible with your gutters.

The best way to prolong your commercial roof's lifespan is to have regular roofing maintenance. Experts can record visible damage. Then, they can trail hidden damage by following the trails of moisture and detecting signs of leak infiltration in attics. By gathering all necessary information, roofers can recommend various solutions to restore your roof's integrity and capabilities.

Sheffield Metals has an extensive post detailing the best ways to keep metal roofs in good shape. Read more about it below.

Many property owners purchase a metal roof because it’s low maintenance, can last 40+ years, and can be engineered to perform to high standards set forth by the industry.

Luckily, the upkeep needed to maintain a standing seam metal roof is minimal, especially if the roof was correctly installed. That being said, you shouldn’t overlook performing regular maintenance on your metal roof, as it could make or break a system, especially if a serious problem exists.

Here at Sheffield Metals, we know how valuable your time is, which is why we want to help you streamline the process for maintenance that should be performed on your metal roof.

Why Is It Important to Maintain Your Metal Roof?

#1: To Prevent Potential Problems

It’s a fear of every home or building owner: A problem originating on the roof. Not only can problems with a roof cause damage to the property and the items inside of a home or building, but it also results in unwanted and potentially high repair costs. Some of the potential problems with metal roofing are:

  • Leaking
  • Denting
  • Scuffing
  • Scratching
  • Degradation
  • Galvanic corrosion

Regular maintenance performed at least once a year, either by a roof maintenance service* or the home/building owner, can help identify potential problem spots. These areas can then be fixed to prevent the issue from becoming serious or creating a failure in the system.

(*A roof maintenance service, typically provided by the contractor who installed the roof, is the safest option, especially if you don’t have experience with metal roofing maintenance.) (Continue reading here to learn more)

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