Category Archives: Building & Homeowners

Buildings Have Faces, RainPro Adds “Character”

Light commercial structures have faces.

And those faces—or facades as we also know them–are as interesting and diverse in every particular—color, shape, surface details and size—as your face or mine. In a world where our work and leisure environments increasingly wear the stamp of conformity,  the face of a small commercial structure remains an area where individualism can still express itself.The RainPro gutte blends well into the architecture of the building

Look around you. It must be abundantly clear from what you can see here in America that some commercial building owners have still invested substantial care in how their structures look outside.

And why not? Making something happen to the outside of one’s creation brings personal satisfaction but it also makes an impression on the world passing by.

That’s precisely the issue we were struggling with when we invented the RainPro Design Series gutter systems five years ago.  Sure, we wanted a gutter that would be eminently functional. And we made sure that—it’s larger than average capacity moves water away from your building faster than conventional gutters. RainPro’s wider gutter bottom and larger 3 3/8” outlet give you a dramatic increase in water flow capacity compared to a 5” gutter system which only has a 2 3/8” outlet.

But we also wanted to change the look of a gutter.  Conventional gutters serve their purpose but they do nothing for—and in many cases can actually detract from–the look of a building. Continue reading

What Are the 10 Most Popular Standing Seam Metal Roof Colors Today? See What 6,000 American Homeowners Chose for Themselves

It’s that time of year when all the big paint companies are predicting which colors will be popular for the home—inside and out.

Since our specialties are metal roofing and wall panels, we can pretty much ignore interior paint suggestions like Teacup Rose, Peachy Keen and Tangerine Tango and focus on what color metal roofing materials will go with the popular exterior wall colors forecast for this year.Showing metal roof color on a house.

The color experts seem to agree that the purpose in providing an annual color forecast is to ‘help inspire and fuel the imagination of individuals as they take on a home painting project.  Personally, I prefer the bolder color palettewhen it comes to selecting colors for a standing seam metal roof.  Hues like Pacific Blue, Terra Cotta, Burgundy and Metallic Copper always turn me on when I see them on a residential property. But the fact is, the experts tell us the colors for 2013 for home exteriors will reflect the strong influence of nature. Dark earth tones, various hues of green, blue and brown  and neutral  earth tones are predicted to lead the way again this year in exterior colors. Continue reading

Federal Tax Incentive Extension Can Save Substantial Dollars On A New Standing Seam Metal Roof

Looking for a way to save substantial dollars on your new standing seam metal roof?

Congress in January extended the Energy Efficiency Tax Incentives for Appliances, New Homes and Retrofits to Existing Homes for 2012-2013, including metal roofs that meet or exceed Energy Star program requirements. Incidentally, ALL Englert metal roofing products meet those requirements. Retrofit Metal Roof on House

There have been some modifications to eligibility requirements from the old incentive program as well as reductions in the cap to $500 per home, and 10% of installed cost for qualifying equipment.  But these tax credits are retro-active, applying to both materials (you cannot include labor charges) purchased in 2013, as well as previously purchased materials in 2012. This is a pretty good deal since a tax credit is generally more valuable than an equivalent tax deduction because it reduces tax dollar-for-dollar, while a deduction only removes a percentage of the tax that is owed. Continue reading

Common Weather Related Myths — And The Facts About Standing Seam Metal Roofs

There are several myths about a standing seam metal roof when it comes to weather-related issues like lightning, hail and rain.

We’re going to explode those myths right here and give you some solid scientific information that we hope will help you in choosing a standing seam metal roof for your home.

First myth: Will a metal roof increase the likelihood of a lightning strike on your home?

The answer to this question is “absolutely not.”  Lightning will strike a very tall building over a shorter building, regardless of the building materials and roofing used.  It makes no difference if it’s a metal roof, a tile roof or asphalt shingle.  The real probability of lightning strikes has more to do with land topography, location of building and the size and height of a building. Continue reading

Design the Best Standing Seam Metal Roof for Your Projects in Asia, Make Sure the Coil and Roll Former are Western Made

The United States imported more than four times as many goods from China as we exported there last year.

But our trade imbalance with China has gone the other way when it comes to professional services. Professional services, including architecture, constitute roughly a third of America’s exports, according to Architect Magazine, which notes many major American architecture firms now have offices in the largest Chinese cities, such as Beijing and Shanghai, as well as second-tier cities like Tianjin.Metal Roofing Roll Forming Machine

However, if you’re one of those design firms and you’re specifying metal roofs in Asia, beware! The quality of metal roofing coil and the roll forming machines made there are often greatly inferior to coil and machines made in the U.S. and in Western Europe.

Our in-house machine expert, Mike Gorski, has had the opportunity to visit other continents and see the different roll forming equipment made in places like China, the Middle East and Africa.  Mike’s take?  Most of these machines are poorly made and have a life expectancy of only a few years. And Mike emphasizes there is little or no training for operators and no machine service support in these markets to fix a faltering machine. Consequently, the result often is a poorly made panel on a faulty machine. Continue reading

Architects’ Notes: The Differences Between Galvalume And Galvanized In Metal Roofing Projects

Englert’s nationwide team of architectural sales reps spend a considerable amount of time each year counseling architects on which standing seam metal roofing products and profiles might work best for their design projects.  One of the questions most frequently asked by architects is: What are the differences between  Galvalume and Galvanized Steel when used in roofing. It comes up so often, we thought we’d take a few minutes and use this week’s blog to explain those differences.

First, a little bit of background. Galvalume® was invented by Bethlehem Steel in 1972. It is a trademarked name, but many people use it as a generic term to describe a metal roofing product consisting of  steel coil coated with a metal alloy. That alloy is 45% zinc and 55% aluminum and looks similar to galvanized steel, but the visible crystals are smaller and close together, giving it a smoother appearance.  Galvalume has a cousin, Galvalume Plus. The only difference is Plus has a thin, clear acrylic coating. Because Galvalume Plus can be roll-formed dry without vanishing oil, it is very easy to form and install safely.Galvalume metal roof peak with snow guards.

The combination of zinc and aluminum in Galvalume enhances both the positive and negative effects of aluminum.  Galvalume has barrier corrosion resistance and heat resistance similar to aluminized material and good bare edge galvanic protection and forming qualities like galvanized material. Consequently, Galvalume  and Galvalume Plus will resist rust, the elements and fire while providing a sturdy and protective covering.

Galvalume® is more corrosion-resistant than galvanized steel, but because aluminum provides barrier protection instead of galvanic protection, scratches and cut edges are less protected.  Galvalume is offered in both bare and pre-coated versions. Most Galvalume®–like galvanized steel– is coated. But Galvalume has an excellent performance life in bare exposures as well.  Both galvanized steel and Galvalume® weigh 100 to 150 pounds per 100 square feet and contain about 35% recycled materials. The cost of Galvalume and Galvalume Plus are about the same as that of galvanized steel. Continue reading

Metal and Coatings Are Important: But the Paintline and the People Who Run It Will Make the Difference

Everyone always talks about the quality of their aluminum and steel in metal construction and the importance of using a high end coating.

But very rarely do you hear anyone talk about a third key element in the manufacture of a quality metal roofing or wall product—the paint line on which it is made. Virtually every aspect of a paint line plays a critical role in the final quality of the product. Following is a quick visit to a modern paint line with a look at why a state of the art manufacturing operation is critical to the production of a superior product and to the economies of cost in producing it.

Paint line systems built within the past few years are environmentally superior. They capture 100 percent of solvent fumes from painting, drying and curing operations and recover virtually all of the heat from the burning solvent for return to the process in an ultra-clean system.Metal coil paintline.

Newer paint lines have systems  that can heat their ovens and metal cleaning and pretreatment operations with no cost, saving  a substantial amount of energy which otherwise would have to be built into the cost of the product. Their environmental systems burners destroy volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and solvents in their incinerator. The heat from there is passed through for heating ovens and the boiler which creates steam heat for the cleaner and rinse tanks. Then fresh air from the coater rooms is passed through the heat exchanger and into the incinerator to be burned to complete the loop. Any excess heat is then pumped out through the stack.

Modern paint lines have an oven and incinerator with one burner along the entire line, producing the highest grade of painted metal possible. Oven heat in these modern systems is better balanced internally to give a better product with color that is uniform across the entire roll. Samples of whites produced in older, multiple-burner manufacturing systems can have a yellow cast across the width of the strip because the heat is stronger on one side of the burner than the other. The new systems set the highest standard in the industry for quality, color and consistency. Continue reading

Metal Roofing Contractors Can Avoid Cinching AKA Friction Scratches With These Simple Rollforming Tips

Cinching, sometimes also referred to as “friction scratches” or “pickoff,” is the result of the movement or slipping of painted coil laps against each other on a rollforming machine.

This phenomenon can be frustrating to metal roofing contractors because it causes the removal of paint in the shape of small or medium sized scratches on metal roofing coil formed in the same direction of the slipping or movement of the coil laps.

Some clear signs that cinching is the cause of these short longitudinal scratches are:
•    Worn or broken pieces on the spools, idler rolls and guides,
•    Gaps or air spaces between sections of the laps of the coil
•    The ability to move the laps of coil with hand pressure, a sure sign that coil has unraveled.

Cinched metal roofing panel.The vast majority of cinching incidents are caused by improper brake pressure on the un-coiler spool or the expandable arbor brake on the rollforming machine.  For portable roll formers, the improper brake pressure on the un-coiler spool is by far the source of most cinching. And new machine operators not familiar with the use of the brake or trained incorrectly are responsible for most of the problems.

To avoid cinching, the rollforming machine operator must make sure there is proper tension to allow the coil to uncoil without tightening the laps or without loosening the coil so it does not unravel. If either of these actions occurs, the laps will rub against each other and cause cinching. Continue reading

Standing Seam Metal Roofs: Always Look On The Bright Side of Life

Quick! What color is the standing seam metal roof on a Home Depot? Barnes & Noble? How about a Lowes Home Improvement store?

We’ll bet you knew all three of them-orange, green and blue. And not any orange, green and blue because each of those retail giants has a custom name for its colors. They know their colors play a key role along with signage to brand their companies and ultimately help customers identify and remember their stores in the great clutter of America’s malls and roadside retailers.Metal roof on IHOP restaurant.

They are not alone. Scores of fast food chains, national and regional gas stations, hotel chains and the like have signature color standing seam metal roofs that serve as beacons to customers. The color in essence becomes part of their brand.

Why? Because color possesses an inherent ability to stimulate an aesthetic consciousness simply by the visual satisfaction that it creates. Used intelligently, color and colored light can add distinctiveness and appeal to any project. Continue reading

Hurricanes and Mega-storms in the Northeast: Is it time to take a new look at the building codes?

Hurricane Sandy was the ninth such devastating storm to hit the Northeast in the last five years, and it raises the question “Will the impacts of climate change only make such storms worse.”

That region has had hurricanes and Halloween snowstorms.  So the questions must be raised–Are these coincidence or is climate disruption affecting this region and other parts of the country? And what do government, the insurance industry and private sector developers have to do to protect against future devastation?Sea Girt NJ During Hurricane Sandy

More than a decade ago in the wake of destruction of Hurricane Andrew, Southeastern elected officials, state, county and municipal engineers,  building department officials and the insurance industry finally bit the bullet and imposed stringent building requirements to thwart the impact of future storms.  The Florida Building Department and Miami-Dade County launched stringent building codes to ensure new construction could survive the high winds bred by hurricanes and tropical storms.  Other states and their counties and municipalities throughout the region began adopting the provisions of those codes as well. The result has been a significant reduction in damage in high wind situations. Continue reading

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