One of the most challenging and important components of a well-built school is the roof. Due to its complexity, it’s definitely something that you’ll want to get right the first time. There are many factors that should go into the decision making process, such as longevity, durability, sustainability, and cost. The key to a successful roof lies in its efficiency and its ability to reduce operating and maintenance costs. Metal roofing has proven time and time again that it has a positive impact on buildings by providing them with performance benefits that far outweigh the performance benefits of traditional shingle roofing.
When you start looking at different types of roofing in terms of longevity, you’ll quickly find out that metal roofing takes the cake in that category. Depending on the exact material, metal roofing can last for upwards of 40-70 years on average. Most traditional asphalt shingle roofing materials have an average life expectancy of only about 10-20 years. This means that metal roofing can actually last for up to 7 times longer than shingle roofing. That alone is a major factor to consider, since when you’re dealing with a building as large as a school, you’ll definitely want something that’s going to last.
In addition to a long life, of course you’ll want something that is strong and durable. Metal roofing is known as an extremely resilient roofing material that stands up very well to even the harshest weather conditions. Some metal roofs can withstand wind gusts of up to 140 miles per hour. Some are even impact resistant. In addition to this, they will not corrode or crack. They are fire and wind resistant as well. Metal roofing will not ignite a flame if struck by lightning or caught in a wildfire. They don’t need the costly maintenance that other roofing materials often need, although they should still have periodic inspections to ensure that no repairs are needed.
Metal roofing is both energy efficient and environmentally friendly. The metal will reflect solar radiant heat and keep the roof at a good temperature, which in turn will reduce your HVAC costs by up to 25%. And metal roofs are not only made out of recycled content, but they are also 100% recyclable by the end of their life cycle. Most shingle roofs end up as non-recyclable waste. You can use metal roofing with any type of insulation system and still maximize the building’s performance.
While it’s really no secret that metal roofing costs more than other roofing materials, you still have to take into account why this is. The initial cost of installing a metal roof is going to cost more than other types of roofing, but don’t forget to factor in all of the money that you will save in the long run. You will likely not need to replace the roof ever, or at least for a very, very long time. And when you’re dealing with something like a school, then that just makes perfect sense. Other roofing materials would probably need replacement more than once in just a few decades. And you’re also saving tons of money by not having to deal with maintenance costs. Aside from minor repairs here and there, metal roofing is virtually maintenance free.
All of these benefits really make metal roofing for school buildings a great choice. You’re getting a roof that is long-lasting, strong, durable, sustainable, and cost-effective. You’re really getting the most out of your money and making a decision that will benefit the school building for many years to come. Please contact us at First Impressions Exteriors for more information on the benefits of metal roofing for school buildings.