There are numerous types of roofing materials; from asphalt shingles to steel insulated roofing panels (SIRPs). With several offerings, it can be difficult to decide which one is the best for your building, but every roofing material has its pros and cons and can be compared to other types. For example, SIRPs are a superior option that stack up well against concrete, uninsulated metal panels and asphalt shingles. Below is a look at how steel insulated panels compare.
SIRPs vs. Concrete
Concrete is one of the most popular building materials. This popularity can be attributed to its thermal properties (provides excellent insulation) and cost effectiveness. However, concrete is one of the heaviest building materials, so it must be thoroughly reinforced when used as a roofing material. On the other hand, steel insulated roof panels are much lighter, as thermal efficient and cost effective, and more durable than concrete. Concrete roofs are most commonly found on commercial buildings, but they can be high-maintenance and expensive to repair. Commercial property owners should consider the consequences of this type of roofing material before installation. Alternatively, SIRPs can save time and money, while protecting your building from damaging leaks and dangerous buckling.
SIRPs vs. Uninsulated Metal Panels
Uninsulated metal roofing material is simply standard metal roofing. It’s also a popular roofing material thanks to its easy installation, light weight and durability. However, it’s not very thermal efficient, which makes it a less desirable choice. So, if you’re going to install roof panels, make them steel insulated roof panels. They offer all the benefits of standard metal roofing, but with excellent thermal insulation.
SIRPs vs. Asphalt Shingles
Asphalt shingles are perhaps the most popular roofing material, especially for residential properties. They’re affordable and quick and simple to install. Unlike steel roof panels, asphalt shingles require additional insulating materials, which comes at an additional price. Asphalt shingles are also vulnerable to inclement weather, which can lead to damage and expensive repairs, so it tends to be higher maintenance than SIRPs and other roofing types. Comparatively, SIRPs are characteristically insulating, more durable and lower maintenance. Ultimately, they’re a better investment.
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