Category Archives: Architects

Weighing in – Metal Roofs Versus Other Roof Choices

You’ll be surprised to learn that a metal roof is, on average, 50% lighter than an asphalt shingle roof, and 75% lighter than concrete tile, fiber cement shakes and slate. With metal roofing, weight on a structure is never an issue.  And in cases where metal may be installed over an existing roof, it may be the only practical answer because other materials may add too much weight load for the existing roof to bear. Continue reading

Exciting Metal Roof Color Choices – You Can Lead the American Homeowner to the Paint Can but you Can’t Make Them Choose an Exciting Color

We’ll probably never see the bright colors of homes along Italy’s sunny Amalfi Coast coming to America. Nor will we ever enter the worlds of sunshine and vivid color found in many homes as near to us as the Caribbean Islands or as far away as Lebanon and Tel Aviv. But, even with plenty of exterior home colors to choose from or to custom create ourselves, when it comes to painting the house structure or choosing a standard or custom color for a metal roof, most American homeowners tend to keep it simple.

Standing seam roof on Charleston home.Very little has changed since the last time we surveyed what colors our customers were choosing when they installed one of our standing seam metal roofs. Same with the big American paint companies whose customers are just now applying the 2015 exterior house paint colors recommended this year.

The fact of the matter is American color choices are pretty dull. Light, warm grays, honeyed yellow and a muted orange here and there are about as exciting as it gets on home exteriors. In the Southwest, an occasional terra cotta roof pops up—but that’s it. And in the American South in places like Florida where you thought you might see a hint of color, the big paint pushers talk of sun-washed tones mixed with avocado greens and dark blues. Continue reading

Caution to Contractors: Bending Techniques for Aluminum Differ from Steel

When metal roofing manufacturers first introduced aluminum material for standing seam roofing, much of the aluminum produced was .032 thickness.

However, over the years the building products industry has been gravitating to thicker roofing and trim material, especially in aluminum. And, Dade County Florida enacted new wind uplift rules for metal roofing that required the use of .040 aluminum for roofs and .050 thickness for trim material to meet the rule requirements.

Consequently, contractors were transitioning from the use of .018 to .024 thick Galvalume or Hot Dipped Galvanized steel roofing and trim products to .032 to .050 thick Aluminum. Many contractors assumed aluminum bent the same as steel and therefore thought little adjustment was needed to make crisp bends on aluminum as they had done with steel. This resulted in some contractors bending these heavier aluminum products beyond their tensile strength limits resulting in cracking of the metal and paint as well as leaving a silver look from the crazed aluminum under the paint. Continue reading

Compelling Data that Supports Metal Roofs Offer Longer Service Life

New industry research shows that metal roof systems can last at least 60 years, longer than the average commercial building’s service life.

“The study provides third-party, scientific data that backs up the long held belief that 55% aluminum zinc coated steel standing seam roofing systems offer economic longevity and can be better for the environment.

Non-metal roofing systems require one or more full replacements within a typical commercial building’s 60-year service life, which is more expensive over the long run and usually adds to the solid waste stream in landfills.

The study, sponsored by the Metal Construction Association and the Zinc Aluminum Coaters Association, was conducted with oversight of three independent consulting firms which analyzed low-slope, unpainted 55% Aluminum-Zinc coated steel standing seam roofing, in a wide range of environments across the U.S.

The material tested is commercially known as Galvalume and Zincalume and is commonly used on low rise commercial buildings such as warehouses, schools, distribution centers, shopping centers, government structures, sports and exposition facilities and other structures. Continue reading

Looking for a Metal Roofing Contractor? Here Are Some Things to Consider That Should Help You Make the Right Choice

Not all metal roofing contractors are alike. Some are big, national companies with the ability to coordinate and staff a wide range of residential and commercial projects. Others are small family-owned companies with a couple of full-time people who hire part time workers depending on the size of the job.  Regardless of the size, you want a company where the professionals will deliver a quality metal roof system at an honest price. Here are some questions you can ask and some guidelines you can follow to help you make that choice:

1. Make sure the metal roofing contractor licensed. Many states require a roofer be licensed in the state; however, all states are different. Check the code requirements in your area. And be sure the roofer’s license is up to date. Continue reading

Stay Clear of These Asphalt Shingle Roof Problems with a Standing Seam Metal Roof

We all know that an Englert Kynar coated standing seam metal roof will not chip, crack, peel, chalk or fade if properly installed on your home or commercial building. And the color you’ve chosen will remain crisp decades from now.

If only the same could be said for an asphalt shingle roof. The simple fact is that because of the kind of material used in shingles, there are many more possibilities for problems.

For example, cosmetic asphalt shingle roof problems such as shadow lines, blistering, uneven surfaces and improper randomizing of shingle bundles leading to color patches on the roof—are potential problems you can face if you install a shingle roof. Continue reading

A Log Home and a Standing Seam Metal Roof: Perfect Together

There’s a reason why all the log home manufacturers feature these magnificent log “cabins” with equally sophisticated metal roofs—they know they are the best possible choice for their product both aesthetically and functionally.  Just as log homes are renowned for their natural look and low-maintenance, a standing seam metal roof system will last as long as your log home with minimal upkeep and provide the same rustic, natural architectural aesthetic as your home.

Standing seam on a log home has its practical values as well. Many log homes are built on lakes and in heavily wooded areas—often remote from the hustle and bustle of urban and suburban life. If you own such a “cabin,” odds are good you’re dealing with conditions like heavy snow, the potential threat of wildfire and remote access. Three very practical reasons your log home should be capped with a metal roof. Continue reading

End Your Flat Roof Commercial Building Snow Problems with a Retrofit Standing Seam Metal Roof

If you’re planning major renovations to a flat roof commercial building in the Northern U.S., you may want to take into consideration that flat roofs — particularly older ones — don’t handle snow accumulation very well, particularly if they have a poorly designed or blocked drainage system.

That’s particularly true on the East Coast where snow tends to be wetter and denser than the western part of the country. If your building is getting a complete makeover,  consider installing a steep slope metal retrofit roofing system that will provide a long-term solution for your snow and drainage problems. Steeper roof slopes shed snow more effectively. That’s why greater roof slopes are common on commercial and residential buildings in the northern states and in mountainous snow-prone regions. Continue reading

Metal Roofing and Gutter Contractors… It Pays to be Aware of and Utilize Best Practices When it Comes to Insurance and Job Safety

We know from experience that roofing and gutter contractors of every size will find just about any way they can to save a nickel here and a dime there on every job they do.

It may be on the cost of material, or their labor, or even on the cost of gas to get a truck from customer A to customer B.

But one place they almost never look to save money is the business insurance and the premiums they pay for it to handle liability or loss of property. Continue reading

The Abc’s of Standing Seam Metal Roofing: Structural And Architectural

Standing seam metal roofing systems can be divided into two basic categories: structural and architectural.  Structural and architectural systems are designed, engineered and installed to satisfy different metal roofing requirements.

Architectural metal panel roof systems and structural metal panel roof systems are installed over a large variety of substrates. There are two general categories of substrates: continuous or closely spaced decking that provides solid support for the metal roof panel, and the other is composed of spaced structural supports (such as purlins) where the metal panels must span between supports. Most structural metal panels are used over spaced structural supports without being supported by a solid roof deck. Continue reading

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