Debunking 5 Common Myths About Commercial Steel Roofs

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Despite misinformation on the internet, the popularity of commercial steel roofing continues to grow every year. The market share of commercial steel roofs in the U.S. is expected to swell to more than $1.2 billion, up from an even $1 billion in 2020. Those numbers stand in stark contrast to the myths that can deter business leaders from investing in metal roofs. 

Keep reading to learn more about these myths, and why you shouldn’t believe them.

Don’t Let People Fool You With These 5 Lies About Commercial Steel Roofs

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It’s important to have reliable information when investing in your business. What’s particularly deceptive about commercial steel roofing myths is that they seem reasonable at first glance. However, a deep dive into the facts about steel roofing tells a different story.

Because steel has a longer lifespan than most roofing materials, it’s in your best interest to avoid falling for these 5 common myths.

1. Commercial Steel Roofs Are Too Loud

heavy rain flows off of a roof

It seems to make sense that heavy rain falling on sturdy steel sheets would make some noise. No one disputes the idea that a commercial steel roof generates more sound than asphalt shingles. However, once adequately insulated, the sound of droplets landing on a steel roof is muffled.

2. It’s Easy to Dent Steel Roofs

dented metal roofingThis common myth about commercial steel roofs almost seems to make sense. But after rethinking precisely what would impact your metal roof, the myth doesn’t hold up. 

There’s no possibility that water falling from the sky will dent steel. In fact, most steel roofs are resistant to water. Although hail can definitely damage metal roofs, the same can be said for any other roofing material.

The fact is that steel roofs usually last up to 50 years because they are more durable than other materials.

3. Metal Gets Too Hot, So Your Building Will Too

The idea of direct sunlight heating metal also seems reasonable on the surface. But, the reality is that metal roofing materials reflect UV at a higher rate than other materials. That translates to less radiant heat, not more. Fact-based research indicates that buildings with commercial steel roofs are likely to save 10 to 25% in cooling costs alone.

4. Commercial Steel Roofing Is the Most Expensive Option Out There

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Commercial steel roofing does typically cost more upfront than other materials; the idea they do isn’t a myth—it’s an exaggeration. However, when thinking long-term, metal roofing offers you a better return on your investment.

The longevity of commercial steel roofs typically doubles that of shingles and other seemingly cheap materials. Metal roofs require minimal, if any, maintenance and repair. 

People who fall for this myth end up paying far more than they would have if they consulted with a commercial steel roofing professional.

5. A Commercial Steel Roof Will Lower Your Property Value

Property owners who install metal generally garner a 68% return on investment and experience a 60.9% increase in value, based on the difference between an old and new roof. To say those numbers contradict the myth that metal roofs lower property value would be something of an understatement.

In fact, the idea that a new roof reduces value doesn’t even make sense. Truth be told, commercial steel roofing has advanced by leaps in bounds in recent years. Property owners now have wide-reaching style and texture options. Along with a huge selection of colors, metal roofs can be customized to blend seamlessly with your building. These and other benefits can only improve your property value.

Have Questions About Commercial Steel Roofs? Call Summit Commercial Roofing Today!

Summit Commercial Roofing is proud to be a highly reputable commercial roofing contractor in Wayne County, MI, and the surrounding areas. We’re a family-owned and -operated company that has worked diligently with community members for more than 50 years. 

If you are considering a new commercial steel roof, or want to learn more about steel roofing, contact us today.


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