Structural Steelwork Roofing

If you’re old enough then perhaps you can remember back to a time when steel roofing was the “ugly duckling” of roofing systems, and materials. The only time you saw it back then was when you were driving past a barn out in the country, or found yourself in the industrial district of your city where it was used to cover warehouses.

Then a handful of decade’s back things began to change and it started up in areas of high altitude, where folks began to use steel roofing on their homes and cabins. It’s strong and quite permanent, so it proved to be the ideal roofing system to shed heavy snow loads. A onetime roof that would last decade’s longer, and didn’t spring leaks while the owners were away for the season.

So now fast forward to today when in terms of popularity, steel roofing is the currently the fastest growing system in the US and Canada. Now keep in mind that this doesn’t mean that there are more of them. Rather, it means that what was once an obscure system is being discovered at a greater percentage rate than any other type of roof.

The big turning point for steel in particular, was the development of new high tech coating materials that now last up to 50 years and even more. In fact you can now find contractors that will guarantee their new steel roofs for up to 50 years which is a number that was unheard of just two decades back.

Now keep in mind that steel roofs can be re-coated in 50 years, and it’s only reasonable to assume that by then even better, longer lasting coating products will have been developed. So while it is more expensive up front than, say a standard composition shingle roof, when its added service life is factored in, it is the better deal.

Today’s coated steel roofs also come in more configurations, including of course standing seam and corrugated, but what many people are surprised to discover, is that faux wood shingles, and tiles are also now being made out of this amazing recyclable material. These systems are also more wind resistant and recyclable which cedar and concrete are not.

So then what are a few of the major drawbacks that you should know about before you make your final decision? Because just like all other roofing options, this system has its share? The answer to that question, is that there aren’t many but the first big one is cost. In short, this system is more expensive that some of the other more common systems like composition shingle.

Then if you live in an area that receives heavy hail, this type of roof is among the noisiest in a downpour, so it does require a heavy layer of insulation in your attic to deaden the noise. Then this type of material is just not the best choice for a “do it yourself” job because it requires a certain level of expertise, and experience.