Through-fastened metal paneling is considered to be on the low end of metal roofing options. There are lots of ways you can use metal to roof your commercial property. You could go with tiles, shingles, batten roofing or others, but if you really want to save money, you will at least consider through-fastened roofing.
These are made up of metal panels, just like all other kinds of metal roofing. The panels can be laid like strips across the roofing understructure and fitted to match the building’s dimensions. They are fastened using nails or screws or some other kind of simple fastener. What makes through-fastened metal plates stand out is that they are fastened through the top. The fastener is actually visible from the outside of the roof.
That also creates the worst downside to this kind of roofing. Because the fasteners are visible from the top, they are also exposed to the elements. They are not protected from weathering like other metal roofing types would provide for them, so they can wear out, rust and corrode more easily than other roofing fasteners would. This is why through-fastened panels are considered to be lower quality than other metal roofing methods. They are cheaper and tend not to last as long, offering less value for your money.
However, they may be ideal for some areas of the country where weathering isn’t as much of a problem. Places that have mild temperatures, little rainfall and not much salt in the air would not wear on the fasteners too much. You could get metal panels that are protected with galvanizing or some other covering. You can also ask your roof installer to add a sealant layer that protects your roof from corrosion.
The Benefits of Through-Fastened Panel Roofing
The main reason to use this kind of roofing over another kind of metal roofing is simply because it is cheaper. It’s quick to install and isn’t considered a high grade roofing solution, so it’s priced accordingly.
This kind of fastener doesn’t require any specialized installation method. It is a simple task for your roofer to install each panel. The tricky part is lining up the panels and ensuring they are all in the right place, but fastening the panels is relatively easy.
Metal roofing of all kinds is lightweight. It won’t stress your commercial property as much as stone, wood or other types of roofing. Most metal roofing panels are made from tin, aluminum, copper or steel, and most of those are very lightweight metals.
Metal sheets tend to be quite thin, because they don’t have to be thick to be durable, and that greatly reduces the wear on your roof when compared to other roofing materials. This also makes them easy to move around and install, since the roofer won’t have to lug around anything very heavy.
That’s part of what keeps the installation costs down and makes installation so simple. Other roofing methods can be much heavier and require specialized handling methods to ensure they are not damaged.
The material is relatively inexpensive as well. Thin metal sheets are not costly, and even keeping them in good condition doesn’t take much work or cost very much. Repairs on metal panels don’t typically take a long time or require expensive materials or procedures. That means you’ll be keeping costs down for the lifetime of the roof if you go with metal panels.