There are certain questions commercial clients typically ask when having a new roofing system installed. Naturally, Atlanta-area business owners want to know which roof is most affordable, which type will last longer or be more durable, etc. Our Atlanta commercial roofers want clients to have all of the answers they need when it comes to their property so they can make an informed decision. This article specifically addresses metal and SPF roofs, what they are, which is best for your needs, pros and cons, etc.
SPF, or spray polyurethane foam, creates a solid layer across your existing roof, as it expands into a foam upon spraying. While it isn’t the most common roofing method today, the technology has existed for more than 50 years.
Metal roofing systems usually involve the use of corrugated galvanized steel, and have been used in commercial applications for decades. Tin or aluminum are other options, although they’re not as strong or as durable as steel. Depending on the material used, it’s common to have a coating applied that offers UV and rust protection in addition to waterproofing.
What’s the difference in cost? SPF roofing costs on average between $4.00 and $7.00 per square foot, which includes materials and labor, however costs can vary depending on building structure and preferred thickness in application. The typical metal roof usually averages between $5.00 and $10.00 per square foot, which includes materials and labor, however cost may vary depending on factors such as style of panels and material (aluminum, galvanized steel, etc.) As you can see, metal roofing is a bit higher, however many clients find the benefits worth the additional cost.
Some of the advantages of a metal roof for your commercial business include options in design in regards to color and material; fire resistance; durability under harsh conditions such as high winds, storms, or even snow; and energy-efficiency.
SPF roofing is energy-efficient as well and durable, however you’re limited when it comes to design and color choices; this type of system also provides air, moisture, and thermal barriers.
Of course there are disadvantages to both types of commercial roofing, as with any product. While a metal roof may rust if water ponds or experience a water leak at seams (which shouldn’t happen when professionally installed), SPF roofing opens up the possibility of overspray due to wind, and should be inspected twice each year as a form of preventive maintenance.
There are other types of roofing systems as well, however if you’re considering a metal or SPF roof for your commercial business hopefully the information above will help you determine which is right for you. Kelco Roofing, experts at commercial roofing in Atlanta, can answer any additional questions you may have, and enlighten you regarding our other services including flat, tile, and rock roofs, hail damage and leak repairs, new roof installation and more. Give us a call today, and put your commercial or industrial building in trusted hands.