3 Reasons Metal Roof Replacement is the Best Move for Your Commercial Building

3 Reasons Metal Roof Replacement is the Best Move for Your Commercial Building

Most businesses intend to stay in business. Think about it: do you invest in a building, hire employees, create products, and then hope to go out of business in a decade? Unlikely. Everything about your business should suggest you intend to be in the game for the long haul. Durability is just one reason to consider metal roof replacement for your Hudson Valley commercial property.


The average metal roof lasts longer than just about any roofing material available, and is significantly less fragile than its nearest competitor, tile.

  • Built-up roofing (BUR) and modified bitumen roofing must be extensively (and expensively) maintained, with lifespans of around 20 years
  • PVC, other single-plys, and membranes have lifespans of up to 30 years
  • Concrete and ceramic tile can last 50 to 75 years, though individual tiles are prone to breakage
  • Metal roofing typically lasts 50 years and usually much longer with proper maintenance

Metal roofing is an ideal solution for most industrial and commercial applications, from low-slope to steep-slope; tile seldom works effectively in low-slope applications.

Embedded Costs

A metal roof is made from recycled materials and can eventually be recycled. It does not deplete natural resources on the scale of asphalt roofing, nor does it add to landfill.

Its long life means it provides a great return on investment. The embedded costs — energy used to acquire raw materials, create the product, deliver and install it — of a metal roof are far lower than for nearly any other roofing material.

With metal roof replacement, Hudson Valley building owners can retain the existing single-ply or asphalt roof, reducing cartage costs. The new, metal roof goes on right atop the old.

Energy Bills

Highly reflective coatings on metal roofs allow them to drive down energy costs for cooling large industrial and commercial buildings. The built-in insulation value of metal roofs is nearly unmatched by other materials. This means the same metal roof that lowers summer cooling expenses can also reduce heating bills in winter.

You might expect an organization like the Metal Roofing Alliance to trumpet this claim, which it does, but also look at the federal Energy Star program, which shows “cool roofs” like metal roofing can reduce peak cooling demand by 10 to 15 percent, and drop total energy bills by up to 50 percent.

For professional, courteous advice on metal roof replacement in the Hudson Valley, contact us at Vanguard Roofing.