Steel for Roofing: Uses Across Common Building Types

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Steel for Roofing: Uses Across Common Building Types

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In parts one and two of this multi-part blog series, we’ve gone over everything you need to know about steel being used for roofing needs. This is a popular roofing material option for contractors today, with steel offering both cost and practical benefits that allow for a long-term roof solution that’s affordable and functions extremely well.

At Wasatch Steel, we’re happy to offer a variety of steel products and services, ranging from workshop tools and steel abrasives up to bulk steel orders and much more. While much of the first two entries in our series here have gone over the benefits of steel as a roofing material, you might be wondering exactly how steel is used in this area across several different building types – and we’re here to provide expertise on this as well. Here’s a brief rundown of the most common building types and why steel roofing is often used for each of them.


There are several reasons homeowners gravitate toward metal and especially steel roofing, but durability tends to stand out among them. The average homeowner prioritizes a roof that will last for decades without creating constant issues, and while several materials are decent candidates here, steel is often the best.

You will never have to consider replacing your home’s steel roof within 10 years, for instance. You also won’t be spending tons of time on repairs or other maintenance needs, which are virtually non-existent for steel roofs outside simple periodic inspections.


Commercial buildings tend to have similar needs, with a particular emphasis on lifespan. As we noted, steel roofs have a typical lifespan ranging between 40 and 70 years, the highest among modern roofing materials.

This isn’t just a roof for roof’s sake, either – steel roofs are great at holding up to the elements that tend to face commercial buildings. Their installation costs are also low, which lowers building operation overhead for owners who are concerned about this theme.


When it comes to industrial buildings, there’s a need for the roof to stand up to elements not only outside the building, but also inside it. Such facilities may include a variety of chemicals or other substances released into the air, and these can have an impact on a roof from the inside – but again, steel roofs resist issues like corrosion and other forms of damage easily.


Finally, even agricultural buildings need a strong roofing material – but costs are often a key factor here. Many agricultural centers are relatively tight when it comes to operational costs, and keeping these low with regard to the roof often makes the difference in selecting a material. Steel’s low installation and maintenance costs will be important in these cases.

For more on how steel is a valuable material for roofing needs, or to learn about any of our steel products or services, speak to the staff at Wasatch Steel today.