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Posted by McElroy Metal ● Sep 5, 2018 7:00 AM

Coatings vs. Metal: Which Roof Would You Rather Have?

Coatings may seem like the easy solution for aging roofs, but metal actually offers the greatest long-term value.

metal roof 2When deciding between metal and coatings to repair an aging roof, there are a number of considerations that you should keep in mind because while coatings might appear to be the least expensive option, they are rarely the right long-term solution.

Top Considerations

How long are you planning to keep the building?

The longer you plan to keep the building the more economical a metal roof is over a roof repaired with coating. In the chart below you can see that when you take life expectancy of the roof into consideration, the cost of a metal roof is significantly less than coating.

coating vs metal

If you’re planning to sell the building, how much more is it worth with a 50 to 60-year roof instead of a 5 to 10?

If you are planning to sell the building, the costs of a metal roof are often offset by higher sales value. Buyers would rather purchase a building with a 50 to 60-year roof rather than a 10 year, the average life expectancy of coating, roof.

Can you afford to expose your customer’s freight to water damage?

As you can see in the chart below, coating has a high potential for problems like blistering, tearing, and ponding water. This means that there is a high potential for your customer’s freight to be at risk of water damage while in your building.

coating vs metal performance

Do you have the time for the continual distraction and maintenance that roof leaks cause?

coatings ruptureCoating has a high potential for leaks over the course of its life expectancy. Every leak means time spent on maintenance to repair the leak and any internal water damage caused by the leak.

Are you tired of budgeting roof repair money every year on the same facilities?

Coating isn’t a long-term roof solution, and with a high potential for damage to the roof, you will need to factor in year repair costs in the cost of coating. Often, the repair costs that accrue over the course of the lifespan of the roof are significant.

Would you rather just focus on running your trucking company?

Contact us to learn more about metal roof options.

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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: Education, Metal Roofing, Coatings

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