Metal Roofing Panels
Metal roofing panels are quickly becoming one of the most popular roofing materials around, not just in agricultural and commercial applications, but across all real estate sectors. The right panels will improve any structure's safety, weather resistance, energy efficiency, and curb appeal.
Benefits of Metal Roofing
There's a reason metal roofing has quadrupled its residential market share in the past ten years. Homeowners are finally beginning to see what industrial and commercial property owners already knew. Metal is a superior roofing material. It offers:
As more homeowners express interest in metal roofing, manufacturers and contractors have begun to change their product offerings. It used to be the case that metal roofs were considered a practical but less-than-attractive solution primarily suited to commercial spaces.
Now, homeowners can choose from a wide range of colors and styles that add unique aesthetic appeal to their properties. The recent explosion of interest in residential metal roofing means making the switch to metal can also increase property values and make it easier to attract buyers.
Metal Roofing Products and Applications
Not all property owners realize this, but there are many kinds of steel roofing panels. Some are ideal for commercial and industrial use, while others find their most common applications in modern residential homes.
Choosing the right panel type requires understanding the building's construction parameters and aesthetic needs. The best way to choose metal roofing products is always to contact a specialized manufacturer or installation contractor. That said, there are a few basic distinctions most property owners should consider for themselves.
AG panels are low-profile metal roofing panels that offer a cost-efficient solution for agricultural, commercial, and residential buildings. These panels can be manufactured in two gauges: 29 and 26.
The 29 gauge panels are available in 16 colors, while the 26 gauge panels offer even more variety with 22 stock colors. Both 29 and 16 gauge AG panels come with available sacrificial galvalume coatings intended to protect steel roofing panels from oxidation.
These panels are both durable and aesthetically appealing. When installed at a minimum recommended slope of 1:12 and sealed against leaks, they can be expected to last for decades.
When they choose to install metal roofing residential property owners typically choose AG panels. This option is also one of the most popular forms of metal roofing for barns both on hobby farms and vast agribusiness operations.
AG Panel profile
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PBR panels, sometimes referred to simply as "R-panels," have a high-ribbed profile that makes them perfect for pre-engineered metal buildings. They're commonly found on commercial and agricultural structures.
Like AG panels, PBR panels are both long-lasting and attractive. Stock panels are 26 gauge, but 24 and 22 gauge panels are also available by special order. All PBR panels come in 22 stock colors but are not meant to be treated with galvalume.
PBR panels should be installed with a minimum slope of 1:12 and should be sealed against leaks. Under these conditions, they will be able to withstand rain, wind, and heavy snow for decades.
PBR Panel Profile
M-panels are stiff-profile steel panels used to construct pre-engineered metal buildings such as agricultural structures, sheds, and commercial storage spaces. They feature six-inch ribs on-center to maximize performance.
Unlike AG and PBR panels, M-panels are not traditionally used for roofing. Their most common application is on the sides of metal buildings. They come in one stock size at 26 gauge and 22 stock colors to accommodate property owners' aesthetic preferences. M-panels can also be manufactured to 24 gauge by special order.
M Panel profile
7.2 panels, usually referred to in the industry simply as 7.2 panels, are both versatile and cost-effective. They're commonly found in commercial and industrial buildings, though their unique aesthetic can also be incorporated into other forms of architecture.
The 7.2 panels can be installed either horizontally or vertically. They feature symmetrical ribbing and superior durability that makes them ideal for cantilever and spanning applications.
7.2 Panel profile
Frequently Asked Questions About Steel Roofing
Most property owners know at least one person who has already made the switch to steel roofing. Those who don't have a friend or local contractor who can provide guidance still tend to have plenty of questions. They can find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about steel roofing below.
1. Can Metal Roofing Withstand Hail?
Metal roofing can withstand just about any kind of inclement weather conditions, including hail storms. It is far more impact-resistant than most forms of roofing, so much so that many homeowners' insurance companies offer discounts for installing steel roofs. In the unlikely event that the roof becomes dented during an especially serious hail storm, the dents can generally be repaired quickly, easily, and affordably.
2. Are Metal Roofs Loud in the Rain?
When rain hits a flat metal roof that has not been insulated, it produces loud pinging sounds. The metal roofs installed on residential and commercial buildings do not have this problem. They feature ribbing, an air gap above the roof deck, and plenty of insulation to deaden the sound.
3. Can Metal Roofs Be Installed Over Shingles?
Homeowners who want to replace shingle roofs are in luck. Most of the time, metal roofing can be installed right over old asphalt shingles. It's light enough that there's no need to worry about the extra weight as long as there is only one layer of shingles currently on the roof.
Make the Switch Today
Interested in making the switch to a more durable, energy-efficient, and long-lasting roofing material? Contact a steel roofing manufacturer or a local installation contractor today. A representative will be available to help customers understand their options and make the right choices given their structures' unique features and uses.