Category Archives: Roofing Coil

You Need a Metal Roofing Supplier That is on the Case 24/7

In today’s competitive business environment it’s critical to put your company in the best possible position to be successful.  It’s important that you align yourself with professionals that won’t let you down.

Whether you’re looking for a new supplier, contractor or sub-contractors to assist in completing your metal roofing projects you want to make sure that their values and goals are in line with yours and that they’re willing to work for you and your clients 24/7. Continue reading

Looking For the Lowest Price Metal Roof Systems – Be Careful What You Wish For

How often are your decisions driven exclusively by price and nothing else?  If the answer is always, you may want to consider your reasoning moving forward. A metal roof system is more than just a temporary cover for a commercial building or home.  The quality of the material, the quality of the paint that covers that metal roof and the support that you get from the manufacturer covering both the material and the paint finish is critical. Continue reading

Portable Rollforming Brings Back the Craftsmanship

Before the turn of the 20th Century, standing seam metal roofing material was measured, cut, roll formed and installed onsite by artisans used to working with a variety of different metals including copper, terne-coated metal and tin-coated steel. The hand crafted, custom made work of artisans gave way to mechanized production during World War II when factory “roll forming” technology was invented. This approach was the first departure from a one-at-a-time manufacturing mentality. Progressive roll tooling in a factory could produce a finished profile in a continuous process rather than step-by-step cutting and bending. 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

Routine Maintenance Adds Life to Your Gutter Machine

Regular preventive maintenance is probably the single thing you can do as a gutter rollforming machine owner and operator to keep your business humming and save money on repairs in the future.

Anyone who’s ever had a gutter machine out of service and lost money on downtime and repairs will tell you: Don’t ignore preventive maintenance.Portable roll forming machine producing metal roofing panel

The basics will keep your rollformer healthy and give you a chance to catch anything serious before it becomes a major problem. It all depends on you. Every new machine sold in the marketplace comes with an operating and maintenance manual. We have several gutter machines in our repair shop right now ranging from one that is nine months old and looks like it’s been in the field 10 years and another that is 10 years old and looks as good as the day it first saw service. Continue reading

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.

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

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

Manufacturing Metal Roof Systems More Efficiently On the Job Site With Portable Roll Forming Machines

Standing seam metal roof panels are formed for a project in one of two ways— directly at the job site using a portable roll former or off site at a factory and transported by truck to the job site.

When on-site portable roll forming first appeared on the scene more than 25 years ago, the sellers of factory formed panels saw the threat of losing business to metal roofing companies that formed the metal roof panels at the job site using portable roll forming equipment that provided greater flexibility and job control.  These in plant manufacturers began to make a lot of noise about the perceived disadvantages of on-site manufacturing.  Their unfounded claims were that on-site roll forming was too new and lacked a proven track record.   They focused a great deal of time and effort trying to disparage and eliminate the competition from on-site metal roofing fabricators.

Despite their great protestations, job site roll forming has thrived and millions of metal roofs have been installed using portable roll forming machines.  In fact, during the intervening years metal roofing projects completed using portable roll forming equipment have not received any more complaints than those projects that were completed using factory formed panels.  In many cases the advantages with respect to flexibility and increased job control resulting from the more efficient on-site roll forming process drew raves from GC’s, Architects and Building Owners.

Recently, times have been tough in the building industry—we all know that. And twenty five years later the sellers of factory-made panels are feeling the pinch and protesting again—from their factories, hundreds and sometimes thousands of miles from the job site where their roofing panels are being installed.

Twenty five years later, they’re still obsessed with the competition and still complaining about product reliability issues which were clearly never an issue in the first place. Meanwhile, job site roll formers have proven to have several distinct advantages over factory-made panels.

Unlike sellers of the factory formed panels, they don’t store piles of standing seam metal roof panels at the job site only to wait until other crafts have completed their work before roof installation can begin. They don’t leave panels exposed to inclement weather. They don’t have to worry about possible shipping and job site damage.  And they never have to worry that the panels will be too long or too short or that there weren’t enough panels manufactured and sent to the job site in the first place.


Conversely, job site roll formers are able to accommodate last minute changes in plans without waiting several days for the factory to take the order, make the new panels and ship them back to the job site.  Meanwhile, sophisticated roll forming machines allow contractors to punch in 50 different programs and get a series of different panel lengths in sequence.  Today’s contractors produce panel lengths in batches—without touching the unit.

Polyurethane drive rollers drive all materials up to 24 gauge steel through a machine with ease.  A wide variety of materials are run through the machine, with little or no adjustments.

The use of AutoCAD and CAD in the machine design process has resulted in shorter machines that produce finished panels and gutter systems in record time.

And… due to the resulting quality and efficiency more and more architects and GCs are turning to on site metal roof fabricators as the preferred choice to manufacture their clients metal roof systems.

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