Steel Roof Panels are Ideal Due to their Strength, Durability, and Long Life Span
Property owners have now started selecting metal roofing solutions, largely due to their versatility and durability. Among the different metal roofing solutions, steel roof panels are used in agricultural, residential, as well as commercial structures. Steel is a metal that is long lasting and provides excellent protection against problematic weather. It is also lightweight and can be installed with ease, by following the manufacturers instructions.
Process of Manufacturing Steel Roof Panels
Steel roof panels are basically produced by using steel metal coils, that are run through specially designed rolling machines. These machines are responsible for reducing the thickness of the steel to the standard grade which may be 22 gauge, 24, 26, or 29 gauge. It is important to understand that the thickness of the metal roof panel increases as the gauge number decreases. Once the steel coil of required gauge is obtained, it undergoes galvanization process wherein the coil is run through boiling zinc (G-90 galvanization) or zinc and aluminum mix (Galvalume). This protects the metal against corrosion. After galvanization the coil is baked, primed, and the main color is painted on this metal roofing panels.
Types of Steel Roof Panels
Steel roof panels are available in different designs or profiles including standing seam profiles, concealed fastener panels, snap-lock panels, exposed fastener panels, and so on. Standing seam panels are basically designed to incorporate folds and overlapping, so as ensure that moisture does not enter the seam. Hidden clips, as well as fasteners, are used to hold the roofing panels on the substructure of the roof. The snap lock roof panels include one piece snap lock panels and two piece panels. In one piece systems the two panels’ seams connect or snap in place and additional seaming is not required. In two piece systems, two panels are connected through a special clip.
Concealed fastener panels typically use a concealed clip that is employed for attachment of panel with the supporting structure. In this system fasteners are not exposed. With exposed fastener panels, the panels overlap each other and fasteners are used to fix the panels into the supporting structure. In case of structural standing seam panels, two panels are connected through mechanical seaming tool. The typical widths of the panels are around 36 to 44 inches and these panels have a height of around 6 feet. The panels are available in multiple colors and also come with design specifications that make the panels look similar to traditional roofing materials such as slate, asphalt, clay, or wood shake.
Benefits of Steel Roof Panels
Tough and Durable
Steel roof panels are tough and have a stylish design, thereby providing excellent protection to the property against natural forces. Since steel panels are known to have a life of around 30 to 50 years, installing these panels can automatically increase the value of the property. And your real estate agent will inform you of this very fact!
Fire Resistant and Energy Saving Features
The steel roof panels come with specialized coatings that are designed to reflect heat. This ensures that properly owners can achieve energy cost savings. The special coatings also contribute to the increased lifespan of the panels. Since steel is fire resistant, property owners can also save money towards home insurance.
Steel is also incredibly easy to maintain and sheds snow as well as ice with ease. Do you want to be on your roof in the winter time tackling this chore?