Steel roofing consists of steel tiles or pieces which are impermeable, durable, and highly resistance to damage. Aside from asphalt, it is one of the most popular roofing materials in the world, providing a number of substantial benefits and unique characteristics.
Steel is prized for roofing due to its great strength, light weight, and ability to reflect heat during summer. It is an excellent insulator, which can lower energy costs by as much as forty percent. It produces little stress for load bearing support structures and as such can be installed above a preexisting roof. It is the material of choice for buildings that either large or old, as it does an outstanding job of maintaining structural integrity. Additionally, it provides the greatest resistance to wind that you’ll find among roofing materials.
In other parts of the country, many roofing contractors install metal roofs with fasteners that are exposed. When installed in this manner each screw will pose a risk, which is why many New York roofing contractors make use of steel roofing that uses interlocking panels, as well as fasteners which are hidden. This results in a durable roof that will be completely weather proof over the long term.
Additionally, many of the roof coatings used in New York City have PVDF chemistry which is multi layered. In laymen’s terms, this means that they are the best architectural coatings you’ll find on the market. The finish is applied electrostatically, and baked so that the finish is extremely tough and resistant to scratches. They come in standard colors or can be sold in blends which are customized.
Steel is extremely light in weight, about one pound for each square foot. Compare this to asphalt, which is about four pounds for each square foot. A roof which is low in weight is one which will maintain the integrity of the building’s structure. This is extremely important in older or historical New York buildings. Furthermore, the lighter weight means a steel roof can be installed without having to remove the existing one.
New York building codes take fire seriously, with many materials being prohibited from use in construction due to their flammable characteristics. This isn’t a problem with steel, as it naturally resists fire. Steel panels are non-combustible and are not subject to igniting from sparks which are air borne. Also, should a fire occur within the building’s interior, the steel roof will not be at risk for a cave in as is the case with other roofing materials.
Steel can also withstand both high winds and hail, which is why it is so frequently used in New York skyscrapers. Since the fasteners are concealed and the shingles interlock, steel roofs can withstand wind speeds of up to 120 mph.
At A. Stewart Roofing and Waterproofing, we only use the highest rated materials for roof construction. Our products carry a high rating for impact resistance and our textured steel panels are so strong that they can resist hail impacts without denting. Contact us today to receive a free estimate.