When it comes to choosing the right roof for your home, a lot of considerations come to mind – materials, colors, designs, and costs are just some of them. All of these are important, but if you have to prioritize just one, it is best to consider the material as the deciding factor when buying a roof.
With that settled, what comes next is choosing the right material. There are asphalt, clay, slate, and even eco-friendly green roofing. However, the best roofing material is still galvanized steel.
What is Galvanized Steel?
Galvanized Steel is basically cold-rolled steel that has been coated with zinc or alloys of zinc and aluminum in a process called galvanizing. It is commonly referred to as “G.I.” or galvanized iron. Now there are several steel sheets available such as copper sheets, aluminum sheets, and the like, and you might ask, why should you favor galvanized steel sheets instead of their other counterparts?
Why Choose Galvanized Steel Roofs
Galvanized steel roofs offer many benefits that make them ideal for various construction projects, whether residential, commercial, or industrial. Below are some of these benefits.
Steel, being one of the strongest materials on the planet, when used as roofing can last very long. How long does galvanized roofing last? Various sources will have different answers, but it’s safe to say that galvanized steel roofs can last between 10-20 years, even longer when they are well-maintained. Other factors aside from maintenance that can affect the longevity of roofs include the kind of material used, installation, and weather conditions.
Galvanizing adds a protective zinc coating that becomes the “sacrificial layer” or the part that gets firsthand exposure to external elements. This is what gives roofs their corrosion resistance property. Even better than galvanized roofs are prepainted galvanized roofs, as they have paint coating that makes them, even more, corrosion resistant.
Steel is a non-combustible, fire-resistant material. That is why it has been widely used in mass transportation services. If they are safe to use in cars, ships, and planes, they are safe to use in your home as well. Fire tests have proven several times that even a loaded structural material made from steel can retain its strength despite exposure to fire. This property of galvanized steel roofs prevents them from collapsing and provides additional time for evacuation in case of fire.
4. Aesthetic Features
Pliability or formability is one of the advantages of steel. Such formability affects creativity. If material is easy to work on, the ideas are limitless and designers won’t have to hold back on creating ambitious designs. For one, it is easier now to cop or create a certain look and make meaningful designs for homes. Your home may even have a roof with a tiled effect, paneled effect, or classical corrugated looks using steel roofing.
Steel roofs can also be painted in various colors or come in different colors to your liking. Other roofing materials, on the other hand, have colors that depend on the materials they are made of, so color options may be limited.
As mentioned, steel is more affordable. Not just because of recyclability, but also because it’s easier to maintain. Steel roofs are easier to install and readily available in the market, so they are not as expensive as other roofing materials like clay or slate. Though there may be cheaper roofing materials like wood, you can still save more money if you consider maintenance costs. Also, since steel roofs are known to last long as mentioned earlier, they are more cost-effective. Just imagine the costs you’ll save if you don’t have to replace your roof often.
Steel roofs can also lower your electricity costs. As they reflect solar radiant heat instead of absorbing it, you wouldn’t have to use your air-conditioner often or blast it to the highest setting. Painted steel roofs can even further minimize heat transfer.
Other roofing materials like slate or asphalt may not be readily available in local hardware stores or suppliers. They don’t easily come by as there are very few if there are any companies, which manufacture them locally. They need to be sourced abroad, which is not only expensive but may also cause project delays.
Common Applications of Galvanized Steel Roofing
Because of the benefits of galvanized steel roofs, they are used across various industries, including those listed below:
Residential – Their affordability and availability make galvanized steel roofing popular among homeowners of various home sizes, from simple ones to mansions.
Commercial – Durability of structure is important for commercial establishments, making steel roofing an ideal choice.
Warehouse – Warehouses need roofs that are corrosion-resistant and fire-resistant to keep products inside them safe from various weather conditions and hazards, and galvanized steel roofing can provide that.
Industrial – From manufacturing plants to showrooms, galvanized steel roofs provide industrial buildings with the right protection against weather elements while also giving them design aesthetics that are suitable for the structures.
The Right Galvanized Steel Roofing for Your Projects
The advantages of galvanized steel roofs should be enough reasons for you to consider them over other roofing materials. However, not all galvanized roofs are the same, so don’t just buy the first one that you come across. Union Galvasteel Corporation offers pre-painted roofing materials that are durable, cost-effective, and, as the name suggests, already painted in the plant, saving you the backbreaking and expensive task of painting.
If you are after aesthetics, then UGC also has options for you. Our Laverne pre-painted roofing has enhanced aesthetics creating an illusion that it’s made of concrete. But more than its design, it provides great leak protection. We also have Duratile, our roofing materials made of metal but have the sophistication of roof tiles but are way cheaper than actual roof tiles. Duratile can create a timeless elegance that adds class to every structure. It has an anti-capillary leak feature that prevents water leakage on the side lap.
UGC’s pre-painted roofs come in different colors: red, green, beige, blue, orange, white, and brown.
If your favorite color is not listed, worry not as special colors are also available upon request, with terms & conditions.
Union Galvasteel Corporation is a company that provides roofing in the Philippines. UGC manufactures and distributes pre-painted and other galvanized roofing. If you have questions about metal roofing prices in the Philippines or other roofing concerns, get in touch with us via our website or call these numbers: (02) 8520-8822-23; 8520-8831; (049) 545-0084 to 86 or 09175033965 (Globe) and 09190032303 (Smart).