Posted by McElroy Metal ● Oct 1, 2019 11:45:00 AM

The Benefits of Metal over Shingle Recover for Commercial Roofs

A commercial roof recover or replacement is an opportunity for building owners to not only get a new, more durable roof compared with shingles but also to improve the aesthetics of their building. Commercial metal roof recover offers a wide range of benefits and can help elevate the looks of a commercial building all while being an environmentally friendly roofing solution.

Five Benefits of a Commercial Metal Roof Recover

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1. Long-Lasting

Metal roofing is a long-lasting (50+ years of service life), durable roofing solution. For commercial buildings, the low maintenance and long service life of metal roofing make it an excellent investment when compared with shingles. Shingles may cost less up front but they require more ongoing maintenance and need to be replaced much sooner than a metal roof.

Did you know that a metal roof can be installed directly over existing shingles? This process eliminates any shingle tear-off expenses, including disposal fees, labor costs, and business downtime.

2. Weather Resistant

Metal roofing does not crack, shrink, or erode, and is also naturally fire, hail, and wind-resistant. For commercial buildings that experience extreme weather, these properties can make a metal roof a desirable option.

3. Superior to Asphalt Shingles

The durability and long life of a metal roof are especially essential benefits if the roof that is being replaced is a shingle roof. Asphalt shingles, while inexpensive upfront, need to be replaced much more regularly than metal and are prone to damage from things like hail and high winds.

4. Environmentally Friendly

In addition to their short service life, asphalt shingles are also not an environmentally friendly roofing material. Considering 11 million tons of shingles end up as waste, it is clear they carry a heavy environmental burden.

Metal roofing, on the other hand, is made from a high percentage of recycled material and is 100% recyclable at the end of its service life. Studies by the Department of Energy show that 35% of energy costs for the average building is spent on heating, cooling, and ventilation. When recovering a roof, building owners can opt to add insulation and see an increase in terms of heating and cooling savings every month as well.

5. Beauty and Aesthetics

And metal roofs look better for longer than shingles. The use of a Kynar 500® paint system helps keep the color and vibrancy of a metal roof consistent throughout its service life.

138T Shingle Recover SystemSo, with all of these benefits in mind, what are some commercial metal roof replacement options?

For commercial buildings with existing shingle roofs, the 138T Shingle Recover System offers a long-term, economical solution. Installing directly over the existing shingles, the system utilizes patented clips to create an Above Sheathing Ventilation airspace that helps create energy savings.

If you’d like to learn more about the details of some of our roof recover applications, check out these articles:

Learn More about Roof Recover and Replacement

Our eBook, Tired of Replacing Your Shingle Roof? Metal-Over-Shingle Recover System Offers a Long-Term Solutions with Cost-Saving Benefits, is designed to help building owners understand and evaluate the roof replacement options available to them. This eBook focuses on the longevity, durability, and environmental advantages of metal roofing over shingles. You can click the image below to download your copy of Tired of Replacing Your Shingle Roof?

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About McElroy Metal

Since 1963, McElroy Metal has served the construction industry with quality products and excellent customer service. The family-owned components manufacturer is headquartered in Bossier City, La., and has 13 manufacturing facilities across the United States. Quality, service and performance have been the cornerstone of McElroy Metal’s business philosophy and have contributed to the success of the company through the years. As a preferred service provider, these values will continue to be at the forefront of McElroy Metal’s model along with a strong focus on the customer.

Topics: Metal Roofing, Recover and Retrofit, Commercial, 138T Metal Over Shingles

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