Metal roofing: the number one roofing choice for large commercial properties in Melbourne. Just go to any primarily industrial suburb, and you’ll see a sea of metal roofs.
But why is metal so in-demand for commercial buildings, factories and warehouses? Is there anything that makes metal inherently better for these applications than other roofing materials?
We’re glad you asked!
Today, we’re taking a dive into why so many commercial and industrial properties opt for metal roofing.
5 reasons why metal roofing is the best choice for commercial roofing
A good roof is an essential investment for any property owner – those who own commercial properties are no exception to this.
And when it comes to commercial roofing installation, there’s no competition: metal roofing is the undisputed champion. Here’s why…
1) Metal roof is light
Thanks to its lighter weight, it can be used in roofs where other materials simply wouldn’t be practical. This can include steep roofs and structures that can’t handle the weight of tiles.
As we all know, many commercial properties have unique roof shapes, sizes, and properties.
You’re familiar with wedge-shaped factory roofing – something that would be a lot harder if factories used tile roofing.
And what about architecturally-designed commercial properties, such as Melbourne’s very own Southern Cross Station with its iconic wavy roof? Good luck trying to get that to work with tiles!
By contrast, metal roof is perfect for these applications.
2) Easy to install
Flexibility isn’t the only advantage of metal roofing’s lower weight.
Since it weighs less, metal roof is also much quicker and simpler than traditional tiles or shingles.
To install a tile roof, you need:
- Risers for tiles to rest on
- Stronger rafters to hold the extra weight
- A roof decking
By contrast, the sheets can be nailed directly to your roof structure, simple as that.
This dramatically cuts down on the amount of time and effort required to perform installation.
Not only that, but it is also installed by the sheet instead of time-by-tile.
Both of these mean that you won’t have to wait as long to get into business – your roof will be complete much sooner, allowing you to move in and get to work immediately!
3) Low maintenance and durable
You can’t afford to put your business on pause while roofing maintenance goes on. Luckily, you don’t need to worry about that with metal roof.
Long story short, metal roofing is extremely low-maintenance thanks to its:
- Inherent durability and longevity
- Lack of gaps for mould to grow
- Simpler installation method, which reduces maintenance
At Watermaster Roofing, we use strong, durable COLORBOND metal roofing for the vast majority of our installations.
With proprietary coatings that are designed to withstand harsh Aussie conditions, COLORBOND roofing takes the inherent toughness and durability of today’s metal roofs and turns it up even further.
And that means you won’t have to pause business or spend money on inspections and repairs!
In addition to saving you money on maintenance, choosing metal roof for your commercial property has some other cash-related benefits as well…
4) It’s cheaper
As a business owner or builder who specialises in commercial properties, you’re worried about costs. Naturally, you’ll want to bring them down as much as possible.
Thankfully, price is just another one of the advantages metal roof has.
Thanks to its faster and simpler installation, it can be carried out in less time than other materials, bringing down your installation quote.
Not only that, but the sheets also tend to be somewhat cheaper to purchase, bringing your costs down even further.
Whether you’re building a new commercial property or renovating an older one, metal is cheaper both up-front AND for the long-run.
5) Safe and fire-resistant
While this won’t be important to all commercial properties, for ones with a high fire risk, it’s something to keep in mind.
For starters, metal roof is fire-resistant – since there are no gaps for embers and sparks to enter, it can protect you if your business is based in a bushfire-prone area.
COLORBOND steel in particular has a high level of fire-resistance baked into its composition, minimising any risk of collapse during fire emergencies.
Thinking of metal for your commercial property?
Choose Watermaster Roofing for metal roofing installation.
With 20 years of experience under our belts, we’re the team to call when it comes to metal roofing. Your business is in good hands with our team!
Our team works hand-in-hand with architects and builders from the point of design, ensuring that your roof is structurally sound and that it doesn’t take until construction to notice that something isn’t quite right.
You can also visit us for roof plumbing in Melbourne: pop into our headquarters at 9/22 George St Sandringham, VIC 3191, if you prefer a more hands-on approach.