Steel for Roofing: Sustainability, Cost, Maintenance

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Steel for Roofing: Sustainability, Cost, Maintenance

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In part one of this multi-part blog series, we went over some basics on the use of steel as a roofing material, both for residential and commercial buildings. Steel is both affordable and extremely efficient in several areas, plus provides the kind of durability and protection you need from your structures so they stand the test of time.

At Wasatch Steel, we’re happy to offer numerous steel products and services, from steel tubing to steel sheet, steel bar and many others that assist clients with a huge range of project types. What are some of the other reasons why many builders and contractors prefer steel for their roofing needs, and what are the benefits steel brings to a roof setup? Here are some other themes to keep in mind.

Sustainability Themes

For those who are environmentally conscious during any build, steel is one of the best possible materials for a roof. Steel is known to be eco-friendly and recyclable, which makes it ideal for roofing builds – these often come with bits of waste as pieces are cut to the proper size, but said waste can actually just be recycled when you’re using steel.

In addition, steel takes less energy to produce than nearly any other type of common roofing material today. This means that you’re creating a smaller carbon footprint by constructing a building with a metal roof than you would be for just about anything else.

Cost Efficiency

Another major benefit area of steel is its affordability compared to other roofing materials. Steel has a lower up-front cost than materials like slate, concrete or tile roofing, plus tends to take less time to install, as we went over in part one. But it also lasts for a very long period of time, meaning you get incredible value for your dollar when installing a steel roof compared to other types.


And finally, as those who have owned a steel-roofed building in the past can attest to, maintenance needs here are pretty limited. You do need to have a metal roof inspected roughly once every few years to ensure there are no major weak points or impact-related damage, but that’s about it. Metal roofs are not prone to many of the same issues other types may have, such as peeling tile or moisture concerns related to concrete – it’s meant to be exposed to the elements without any rust or corrosion issues, as well. So as each year goes by with a steel roof, you’ll be finding greater and greater cost benefits.

For more on the benefits of steel for a roof setup, or to learn about any of our steel services or steel products, speak to the staff at Wasatch Steel today.