For those who own resorts, businesses, or homes that they rent, choosing the right roofing system for their buildings can make or break a profit margin. Not all roofing materials are the same and choosing one roofing material over the other comes down to more than just preference and aesthetics. Sure, some roofing materials are more natural-looking, but others are better investments based on their longevity and the protection they provide for the structure below.

If you own a commercial property, here’s what you need to know about choosing the right roofing material.

Consider the Long-term Investment

As a business owner, the best thing you can do for your business is consider the long-term investment you are making in your property. Some roofing materials like asphalt shingles may cost less upfront, but their longevity can make them a worse long-term investment. This is not to completely turn anyone off of using asphalt shingles on their roof; they are a perfectly suitable material for all climates and buildings. However, business owners can get much better performance and longer lifespan out of metal roofing. If you have the capital to invest in this material for your commercial or rental building, it’s a good idea to look into the benefits it can provide to your business, which can include:

  • Lower lifetime cost
  • Lower utility bills
  • Less likely to become damaged or need to be replaced
  • Better resistance to storms, hail, and wind
  • Low maintenance
  • Can be painted any color

Consider the Weather and Climate

The location of your building or home plays a large role in the type of roof that will perform the best. Here are some roofing options and where they can perform the best:

  • Clay tiles: most suitable for coastal and desert areas with high humidity and long, sunny days.
  • Asphalt shingles: can perform well in most areas. However, heavy storms, tornadoes, and wind can cause them to become damaged due to hail and high wind.
  • Metal roofing: can perform well in most areas and has heavy resistance to storms.
  • Wood shakes: best for buildings that are not in humid or coastal climates. Wood expands and contracts with changes in humidity and can be susceptible to damage in these climates.
  • Slate: can perform well in cold environments and even has good resistance to storm damage. Its durability and lifespan also make it an attractive choice for businesses.

Find the Right Commercial Roofing Partner

When choosing a roofing contractor, find one that specializes in multiple roofing materials. Those contractors who only install one type of roofing material will only tout the benefits of that specific material. What you need is an open and honest opinion of which material will be best for your building, which is something that Schmidt Roofing always provides with every quote. Contact us today for a free consultation on your next roofing project.

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