Category Archives: Standing Seam Metal Roof Panels

Sustainability and Metal Roofs: Perfect Together

Metal roofs have long been popular with architects for their aesthetics and long-term performance characteristics, particularly their low maintenance costs and durability.

But now with the concept of sustainability so widely embraced by the architectural community, metal roofs are being seen in a new light. Their long life, high recycled content, total recyclability and energy efficiency allow “cool metal roofs” to play a pivotal and important role in creating the very condition under which “humans and nature can exist in productive harmony to support present and future generations.” Metal roofing products last longer than conventional roofing products and are 100 percent recyclable. In contrast to conventional roofing products, there’s no need to replace product that needs large amounts of petroleum to make it and large areas of landfill to get rid of it. Continue reading

Three Year Anniversary of Sandy – Surviving the Storm with Standing Seam Metal Roofs

A picture of the Sea Girt Pavilion during Hurricane SandyThis month marks three years since the widely destructive Hurricane Sandy devastated large areas of the coastal Northeast, a Category 2 storm officially recorded as the largest Atlantic hurricane on record with estimates as of 2015 assessed damage to have been about $75 billion.

Sandy delivered winds up to 90 mph and produced extensive property damage. Property owners along the Atlantic coastline are still recovering from the massive storm. Continue reading

Contractors Handle Downturn Market in Different Ways

A recent survey of metal roofing and gutter contractors conducted by Englert revealed how they handle downturns in the building and construction market.

A lot of contractors merely hunker down and weather the plunging market. But a good number said they use a downturn to change the way they did business.Metal Roofing Featured on Extreme Home Makeover

The most prominent response? Many contractors investigate adding new lines of business and additional geographic markets to make up for the lost business. Others restructure their businesses including calculated downsizing, sophisticated telephone and online sales canvassing and better installation scheduling practices.

Extreme Makeover uses Metal Roofing in ProjectSaid one Connecticut remodeler who installs roofing and gutters: “In the flush times we were spending money with little regard for how we controlled our business. The downturn made us put on the brakes, take a hard look and make substantive changes in sales, installation and service. We became much more efficient and in the end we offered better quality and service.”

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

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

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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