Steel for Roofing: Galvanization, Lifespan, Installation

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Steel for Roofing: Galvanization, Lifespan, Installation

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If you’re considering a new roof installation for any building you’re involved with, whether it’s a home, commercial facility, warehouse or any other, you have several modern material options at your disposal. And in many situations, the preferred material for this sort of installation or new build will be one of the most reliable out there: Steel.

At Wasatch Steel, we’re happy to provide numerous steel options for a huge range of different projects, from steel sheet to steel bar, steel tube plus tons of other accessories and equipment pieces. We’re often asked about the use of our steel products for roofing needs in both commercial and residential settings – why is steel such a valuable product for roofing, and what are its uses across a few different fields? This multi-part blog series will go over several areas you should keep in mind.

Galvanized Steel

A quick word on one of the most popular steel formats often used for roofs today: Galvanized steel. For those who are unaware, this term refers to steel that’s been coated in a layer of zinc, which is protective in several ways.

When oxygen is present, it oxidizes this zinc layer first, rather than the steel underneath it. This is a huge protection tool against potential rust, which can be a big risk for some metal roofs if they aren’t protected. Roofs are open to the elements 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so ensuring they’re completely protected is important. If you’re in the steel category for your roof, galvanized steel will be one of your top choices available.

What are some of the distinct benefits of steel for roofs, both galvanized steel and other types?


The single largest factor for many home or building owners when installing a new roof is the expected longevity of the roof, and steel does very well here. Steel roofs are expected to last between 40 and 70 years, a huge swath of time that helps them recoup the vast majority of their value.

This also includes relatively limited maintenance needs, though these do exist. But over a period that long, such costs are honestly pretty negligible when you consider the long-term value the roof will bring you.

Installation Ease

Another major benefit of steel as a roofing material is how easy it is to install. Steel is a lightweight material compared to many other roofing types, and this makes installation much faster and easier than several of these other types. In addition, because steel is so light and easy to move around, it can be used alongside or on top of any existing roofing framework that’s already in place on a house or commercial building.

For more on why steel is an ideal roofing material, or to learn about any of our steel products or steel services, speak to the staff at Wasatch Steel today.