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Is Your New Standing Seam Metal Roof Warranteed? Here’s One Way to Make Sure.

Your old roof has had it. There are leaks. You’ve got cracked, curled and missing shingles.  Asphalt granules are piling up in your gutter, indicating severe roof wear. And worn-out shingles are threatening to allow water or melting snow into your attic and even into your first and second floor living spaces.

To avoid these problems and get more life out of a new roof, you’ve decided to go with a standing seam metal roof. You’ve picked your roofer, signed a contract and even made sure the contractor is getting you a manufacturer’s paint finish warrantee on your new roof’s metal material.Image of Englert standing seam metal roofing on Florida home

You believe you’ve done everything you can to make sure your new roof will perform as advertised. But wait. Are you really sure you’re getting the manufacturer’s paint finish warrantee you’ve been promised?

There’s only one way to find out. Make sure the roofer who installs your new metal roof provides you with a copy of the paint finish warranty from the roofing material manufacturer. Nearly every manufacturer of metal roofing material will provide that warranty once the material has been paid for by the contractor and if the contractor has taken the time to fill out the warranty form provided by the material manufacturer. If the contractor hasn’t done both, you may be out of luck if something goes wrong with your new metal roof.

Most manufacturers make it convenient for roofers to go online and complete the warrantee form at the manufacturer’s a website. Piece of cake. If you want total assurance this has been done, ask that the warrantee be attached to your bill before you make payment.

That way if something does go wrong you’ll have both readily available to address any issue.

Problems with a Shingle Roof? Free Yourself Forever with a New Standing Seam Metal Roof

Thinking of replacing your old shingle roof with a new standing seam metal roof? Here are six telltale signs it’s time to get rid of shingle roof problems forever and replace them with a metal roof that won’t leak and will continue to look good for decades to come.

–Curling and buckling shingles are a sign that it’s time for a new roof. Shingles that are curling and losing granules means the roof is past its life expectancy or that the roofing material is defective.Worn out curling shingles on a house.

–Cracked or missing shingles is another sign that the roof is failing.

– Shingle granules in the gutters are also a sign of a failing roof.  Roofs tend to lose more granules toward the end of their life cycle. Also, a large pile of granules at the base of the gutter downspout is another sign of a worn shingled roof.

–Dark streaks on the roof caused by airborne algae that is sticking to the shingles. This may not necessarily harm the roof shingles, but it can make an otherwise beautiful home look tacky. Continue reading

Metal Roofing and Wall Panel – Helpful Tips for Assisting in the Specification Writing Process

An architectural firm is being asked to put together a competitive bid specification for a project that includes a standing seam metal roof or metal wall panels. The on-staff designers are not necessarily familiar with all the different metal roof and wall panel products available in the marketplace. But the owner has a tight deadline to produce drawings, written specifications and pricing and the architect has to get the work done quickly.

Architect reviewing project blueprint.Meanwhile, there are only days to complete the process if the architect is going to submit designs and specifications on time. Even under these circumstances, if a designer is going to go to the manufacturer for details and product usage information, there are a number of guidelines they can follow that will make the process easier and faster and make sure they get timely, useful information so the specifications are clear and easy to follow—the first time around.

Here are some tips to architects from our company’s product solutions staff which includes seasoned estimators, spec writers and architects.

Make the Construction Specification Institute’s Project Resource Manual required reading for specification writing.  This is the “spec writer’s  bible” by the only organization in the U.S. that has comprehensively considered the entire practice of specification writing for construction, including urging people to follow the four golden rules of specifying —be clear, concise, correct and complete.  This book contains CSI’s recommended practices for specification preparation, bidding and negotiating, and contract administration. There are definitions of terminology, descriptions of typical procedures, and examples of unusual situations. Continue reading

Complement Backyard Living Spaces with a Standing Seam Metal Roof

American homeowners increasingly are adding outdoor “rooms” for entertaining and recreation on their properties, according to a Residential Landscape Architecture Trends survey conducted by the American Society of Landscape Architects.

Garden shed with Englert metal roof.Nationwide, household participation in do-it-yourself lawn and garden activities showed an increase of three million households, translating into an extra $688 million in retail sales.  In total U.S. households spend about $29 billion each year on their lawns and gardens.

Results also show demand is growing for sustainability in these designs including recyclable materials, solar lighting and rainwater and gray water harvesting.

Decorative water elements such as ornamental pools, splash pools, waterfalls, grottos, and bubblers rated high along with spa features including hot tubs, Jacuzzis, whirlpools and indoor/outdoor saunas. Outdoor backyard structures also ranked well including pergolas, arbors, utility sheds and even tree houses.

And while they aren’t backyard recreation and leisure facilities, add to that canopies and carports which are also becoming targets for consumers concerned about sustainability, the use of solar power and water reclamation. Carports are used in a variety of ways and come in many shapes and sizes, but essentially they fulfill the same basic function. Carports, pergolas, gazebos, cabanas and large yard equipment sheds are ideally suited for PV deployment, providing sloped areas with direct sunlight. Continue reading

Choose the Right Underlayment Material for Your Metal Roofing Project

Underlayment products for use beneath standing seam metal roof systems should be carefully selected to provide a roof system that performs optimally throughout the life of the building. Several considerations must be addressed in the roofing system design, including ensuring that the four barriers needed in any building enclosure i.e., water barrier, thermal insulation barrier, vapor retarder, and air barrier are provided and are in the correct location for a given climate.

Long term, in-service roof performance can be affected by several important factors including: the metal roofing system and its expected service life, the climate at the building location, roof slope and geometry, and ambient conditions (temperature/relative humidity) within the building.  Improper selection of the roof underlayment may allow roof leakage or entrap moisture due to vapor diffusion or air exfiltration, which may accelerate deterioration of concealed components, shortening their service life and necessitating repairs.  Further, to provide longevity the underlayment should match the intended service life of the metal roofing system.

Metal roofing underlayment from Englert, Inc.Structural metal roof panel systems are designed to span structural supports without requiring a structural deck.  Hence, they do not typically include roof underlayment since the installation lacks a continuous substrate or deck to support the underlayment material.
For architectural metal roof panel systems, a roof underlayment is required to help control water leakage through the roofing system during heavy rain storms or under snow melting conditions. Upgraded roof underlayment is often specified in cold climates for additional protection against ice dam leakage, while high temperature underlayments are designed for use in high temperature environments where the in-service temperature can reach temperatures as high as 240ºF. Continue reading

Meeting Standards for Metal Wall Panels: An Important Consideration in Building Design

There are thousands of building materials and products globally and virtually all of those used in a manufactured environment are subject to some form of testing and standards.

There are a host of international standards organizations that set standards for and test all kinds of products. There are de facto standards which means they are followed by informal convention or dominant usage, de jure standards which are part of legally binding contracts, laws or regulations and voluntary standards which are published and available for people to consider for use.

Picture of metal wall panels used in construction.The people who use an item (architects, engineers, contractors, etc.) or specify it (building codes, government, industry, etc.) have the responsibility to consider the available standards, specify the correct one, enforce compliance, and use the item correctly.

By the end of the 19th century, differences in standards between companies, was making trade increasingly difficult and strained. Hence the establishment of professionally supported standards organizations.  Progress was nevertheless slow. Suppliers in many industries including construction objected to standard material specifications and testing procedures because they feared that strict quality controls would make customers more inclined to reject items and default on contracts.

There was plenty of back and forth on the issue but the demand by material end users like the powerful railroad industry finally led to the formation of the American Society of Testing and Materials in 1898.

To this day, the ASTM remains one of the key standards organizations in the world. And in the area of wall panel, it provides some of the key standards for materials used in building design and construction. Continue reading

Accurately Replacing a Historic Roof Can Be Done with the Right Research and a Metal Roof

From the earliest days of our nation, many of America’s important buildings have had metal roofs made from copper, lead and tin-coated iron. Americans knew then as we know now that metal enhances the look of these buildings while providing roof protection that will last for many generations to come. Many of these historical buildings were built in an age where the aesthetics of the roof were an important part of the look of a building. Patterns in the roof and ornamental treatments such as steeples, spires, finials, collector heads and other decorative but functional outcroppings brought beauty and elegance to the buildings of an earlier time.Walter Reed Hospital Restoration with Metal Roof

Today, it is expensive and difficult to replace both the roofs and the roof decorations made from metals like copper and terne-coated steel that were prevalent during that period.  Because so much of the restoration involves public buildings, entities like the National Park Service have websites that can provide technical guidelines for restoration. Another good source is Traditional Buildings Magazine with editorial content and advertising that can help find the materials and restoration companies needed to tackle an historic building renovation. They are good resources for researching roofing characteristics of an historic building project including color, texture, historically accurate materials, durability and performance and even some of the roof configurations, many of which were peculiar to the specific project. Continue reading

Snow Loads A Real Safety Issue In Winter of 2014 – May be Time to Consider A Metal Roof

Looking for another reason for considering a standing seam metal roof system – well check this out?

Over a 36-hour period in Massachusetts last month, there were more than 70 reports of roof collapses or buildings with potential structural damage from the weight of snow and ice loads on roofs.  The majority took place in eastern Massachusetts but they could have been almost anywhere in the continental United States given the severity of the weather we’ve been experiencing.Snow load collapsed roof

In many instances, homes and businesses were evacuated as a result of collapses or safety concerns resulting from indications of structural weaknesses from rooftop snow loads.  These conditions are directly attributable to prolonged cold weather and repeated snowstorms punctuated by short periods of rain that are absorbed into the snowpack adding more weight.  The threat can be alleviated by removing the rooftop snow on homes and commercial buildings.  That’s one short term solution. Continue reading

Englert Introduces New Mobile App

Englert is pleased to announce the development of a new mobile Roofing App for Apple and Android devices.

Englert Inc mobile app for iOS devicesThis new App contains easy to access PDFs of all Englert brochures and catalogs as well as a section that displays all of the standing seam metal roof panel profiles and simulates how each profile is installed using very vivid animation.

In addition the new App includes an easy to use color selector for both roofing and gutter colors allowing the user to click on each color to see a larger version of the color swatch along with an explanation of which materials the colors are available in.

The Apps are available in the Apple store and also in an Android version.

For more information on Englert products please feel free to contact your local Englert Rep or visit the Englert website at www.englertinc.com

Steel and Aluminum—Two Great Metal Roofing Materials, Each Have Their “Strengths”

If you are a designer or builder considering a standing seam metal roof you may be asking the question what is the difference between aluminum and steel as a choice for the metal roof.

Commercial and residential metal roofing is primarily made of steel or aluminum. Both products are initially produced in giant rolls at a mill. All steel roofing has a protective barrier on both sides of the sheet called a metallic coating which protects against rusting. This is underneath and separate from any paint which imparts color to the product. There are two types of metallic coatings used: galvanized, which uses 100% Zinc in various thicknesses depending upon the product usage, and Galvalume, a mixture of aluminum and zinc. These metallic coatings “sacrifice” themselves to protect the iron in steel from oxidation when exposed to air and moisture. Zinc is a more “active” metal than iron so it oxidizes first and forms a protective barrier — zinc oxide, before the iron in the steel can become Ferric Oxide (rust). When zinc is combined with aluminum to form Galvalume there is even more protection in most circumstances.Metal roofing coil in various colors.

Steel residential roofing is made in thicknesses designated by gauge and is generally 24 to 26 gauge, with the higher gauge being thinner than the lower. These gauges are appropriate since most residential metal roofing applications are over a solid substrate. Aluminum residential metal roofing is designated by decimal thickness and ranges from .023 to .040 thickness.

Steel and aluminum both perform well as a metal roofing material. However, aluminum roofing, depending upon the exact product chosen, can run up to 20 percent higher in price compared to steel roofing. Continue reading

Free Englert Roofing Mobile App Download:

Easy access to all Englert brochures and catalogs, a color selector for both roofing and gutter colors, standing seam metal roof panel profiles, and a convenient coil calculator to assist in estimating and completing your particular project.

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