Category Archives: Standing Seam Metal Roof Panels

There’s No Place Like Home for a Standing Seam Metal Roof

If you think of metal roofing as being a utilitarian cover for buildings like barns, rustic hideaways and tool sheds, think again. Or, if you’ve presumed the opposite–that metal roofs are only for luxurious new homes hidden in the mountains or on spring-fed ponds–you’ll want to rethink that belief as well.

Whether it’s sufficiently scientific or not, I was curious and did a quick study of 512 residential projects where installation contractors filed for paint finish warrantees with Englert between January and December of this year. Most of the projects were new roofs but a large percentage were reroofs as well. Projects were located all over the United States. I was curious to find out how many square feet of metal roofing had been installed on these homes —and by whom.

The results tell the story of the kinds of homes and the owners who are choosing a standing seam metal roof for their home. Continue reading

What Contractors Should Know When Buying Metal Roofing Coil

Contractors looking for a good deal on galvanized steel and aluminum roofing coil should always be careful—if it looks too good to be true then it probably isn’t.

There are some tools and “rules of thumb” for them to be sure they’re at least getting what they paid for.

Contractors order metal roofing coil by the square foot and most, in turn, charge their clients the same way.

So the number of square feet a coil is going to yield will dictate how much they are going to pay and how much they are going to earn.

There are a few unknowns in the process. Let’s use 24 gauge steel coil as our example. One coil of 24 gauge material can be different from another. That’s because industry standards permit “tolerances” in what constitutes a 24 gauge thickness. For example, we’ve know of one widely used “standard” that allows the thickness of 24 gauge galvanized steel to be anywhere from .0236 to .0316 inches thick. We know another one that only allows it to be from .0236 to .0296. A lot of contractors know this and realize that the yield of a coil may differ to some degree based on those tolerances. The only way to figure how many square feet the coil will accurately yield is to use a micrometer to measure the thickness of the material. And only a handful of large contractors and distributors have micrometers. Continue reading

New Solar Thermal Technology Saves Install Labor and Boosts Heat Output from Solar Thermal Standing Seam Metal Roof Systems

In an earlier blog this month, we talked about rooftop solar systems integrated with standing seam roofs.  We noted that the most widely employed rooftop solar technology isn’t electric, it’s solar thermal for heating air and hot water. We discussed four different systems, including an under the roof technology that takes heat from the metal roofing components and heats a water/glycol mixture that is circulated through cross-linked polyethylene tubing attached to a structure of purlins that are laid down piece by piece across the roof sheathing.Solar Thermal Install Thermal Lock Module

Well, since our blog appeared, a new under the roof technology has been emerging that uses the same heat principal but eliminates a lot of the manual labor, time and cost using the old system.

Known informally as the thermal lock module, this new under-the roof-system replaces complex 300 to 500 foot warrens of interlocking components of purlins, tubing, insulation material and aluminum foil with four by eight foot modules factory-fabricated and ready to install. Each module is 1 ½-inch thick and is connected to another by a simple coupling, eliminating a lot of the components and labor needed to install older systems.

The modules are installed as quickly as you would install a piece of plywood sheathing on a roof. It takes less than five minutes to couple them together.

There’s no need for the foil or foam and the system’s creator contends the new glycol system harvests two to three times more BTUs than the older glycol-based ones. In a recent in-plant test with 40 gallons of water, the creators say a single module was able to heat the temperature of the water from 50 degrees F in the morning to 105 degrees F in the afternoon. The new system must still undergo testing at the SRCC™, the non-profit organization which provides authoritative performance ratings, certifications and standards for solar thermal products required in most government and many commercial solar contracts. And its producer will only provide the factory made modules with plans to connect them to a manifold. But a certified solar installer must hook it up to the heating system.

Nonetheless, it appears to be a major step forward in under the roof solar thermal technology and one worth watching for architects, contractors and builders interested in marrying standing seam metal roofs with solar thermal installations.

Solar Thermal and Standing Seam Metal Roof Systems: Perfect Together

There’s been a lot of talk recently about solar photovoltaics being used with metal roofing. We’ve certainly done our share of explaining it—even have a PV system installed on our company roof.

But perhaps the most widely employed rooftop solar technology isn’t electric, it’s solar thermal for heating air and hot water. First, because it’s a lot less expensive to install and second, the payback is excellent.

Passive Solar Thermal System Under Metal RoofingSolar thermal water heating technologies rank among the simplest and oldest solar energy applications—hence they are the most cost efficient means of saving energy costs.

Four solar thermal technologies actually utilize the roof structure. Two of them –the evacuated tube technology and the flat plate collector—use the roof solely as a mounting system. But neither is reliant on the roofing surface for solar absorption. Two other systems employ under-the-roof solar thermal technology, using the standing seam metal roof as a critical component both for its solar absorption and as a means of protecting and prolonging the life of the system. Air-based solar thermal systems capture solar heated air and transfer it to the domestic water supply. Although air collectors are not quite as efficient as liquid collectors in heating water, the systems are simpler and require less maintenance than glycol water heaters. An air collector solar water heater uses the same type of differential control as a liquid system, but the differential is usually higher to account for the lower heat capacity of air. Continue reading

Fact: On-site Roll Forming Machines Have More Versatility Making Metal Roofing Panels Than Factory-Based Panel Equipment

The producers of factory made standing seam metal roofing panels—people who take an order, run the panels off on a roll-forming machine in a factory building and then load them on a truck to be delivered to the place where they will be installed—have been revving up their myth-making machines about onsite roll-forming again.

The Myth? On-site roll-formers cannot make standing seam metal roof panels from 22 gauge steel and .040 aluminum.

The Fact? On-site roll-formers have been making metal roof panels from 22 and .040 gauge material for more than a decade.Portable roll forming machine producing metal roofing panel

For example, Englert’s MetalMan Multi-Panel Roofing Machine runs virtually any size and gauge, including 22 gauge steel and .040 aluminum to ten panel configurations with minimum adjustments and less scrap.  A trademark feature of this roll-forming machine is that its rollers can be changed out by only one man in 30 minutes so that a new profile can be run immediately on the job site. Englert roll-forming machines are not the only machines in the marketplace with the ability to manufacture panels on the job site. Other manufacturers of on-site roll-formers have had the capability to run panels from 22 gauge, 040 aluminum and even 16 ounce copper for just as long. If your job is specified for heavy gauge material, you can manufacture the roofing panels with an on-site roll-forming machine and have greater flexibility. Continue reading

CHOOSING STANDING SEAM METAL ROOF COLORS TO MATCH YOUR NEW HOME’S EXTERIOR WALLS

You’re working with an architect to design your new home or renovate your current one. You’ve got the interior design worked out. And now it’s time to choose exterior wall colors and the color of your standing seam metal roof.

You want to be happy with your choice every time you pull into your driveway.  And you’re keenly aware that a well-coordinated exterior will add curb appeal and value to your home.Choose a metal roof color that compliments your siding.

Ultimately, you’ll make the choices that best suit your sense of taste and color preferences. But if you’re looking for ideas, here are some suggestions you might consider.

In a recent blog, we took a look at the standing seam roof colors 6,000 Englert customers had chosen for their new home or home renovation projects last year. And several colors clearly emerged as winners. Based on those results, we’ve researched certain color palettes and matched them with presently popular exterior wall colors and surfaces here in the United States. However, if you’re one of those adventurous homeowners who loves a brighter palette (I’m like you), then you may not find what you’re looking for here. But you’ll always be able to find bright blues, metallic coppers or even order a custom color to satisfy your tastes. Continue reading

Standing Seam Metal Roofing: The Lightweight Material That Pulls a Lot of Weight with the Competition

Quick! Which gauge of metal roofing material is thicker? 29 gauge or 22 gauge?

If you chose 22 gauge, you picked the right number because in the world of metal measurement, the lower the number of the gauge, the thicker the material.

So, if your contractor tells you he’s going to order a 26 gauge standing seam metal roof for your house, he’s picked the most common roof thickness for a metal roofing system in America today. If he tells you he’s picked a 29 gauge material, ask why. Most metal roofing companies require a 24 gauge or better to ensure the roof will be suitably impact resistant.Worker installing solar panels on standing seam roof.

That’s because impact resistance is one of the features that make it superior to other forms of roofing materials when weather and other aspects of Mother Nature come into play. How does its strength shape up against other roofing materials?

Well, measuring the flexural strength of asphalt shingles or even terra cotta tiles is a difficult task at best and a potentially pointless exercise since roof shingles do not provide weight support for a roof—just weather protection.  In fact, their manufacturers do not provide flexural strength information knowing this.

On the other hand, metal roofing materials have excellent tensile strength. For example, stainless steel roofs have been tested at 80,000 pounds of pressure per square inch. Galvanized steel comes in at 50,000 psi, copper at 36,000 psi and even lightweight aluminum rates 22,000 psi. Insurance companies know this and will often offer discounted premiums to homeowners with a metal roof. Nonetheless, heavier gauge does not necessarily mean better performance. Product design and manufacturing, quality of coatings and installation expertise can mean the difference as well. Continue reading

iRoofing APP Introduced for Metal Roofing and Other Building Materials – Proving to be a Valuable Estimating and Selling Tool for Contractors and the Design Community

The Internet has had an incredible influence on the way architects design and contractors put up buildings and now there’s a new development– an online roofing application where building professionals can use their iPads to plan metal roofing projects and order samples and metal roofing materials. iRoofing online roofing application

The online mobile Internet application known as iRoofing is now available from Englert and can be used on mobile devices like the iPad and the iPhone. Contractors and architects can remotely order metal roofing plans or use a sophisticated yet simple-to-use roof visualizer that lets them photograph any structure with their mobile device and in seconds add an Englert metal roof with a wide choice of roofing profiles and colors. In addition the app offers a comprehensive photo gallery that features roofing projects grouped by color and by profile. Continue reading

ENGLERT Walks The Solar Walk

With A PV Rooftop System Installed on Englert’s Own Standing Seam Metal Roof

After several years of being at the forefront of integrating solar solutions with our standing seam metal roof systems Englert has become the first metal roofing manufacturer to walk the walk and install a PV system onto our own standing seam metal roof.

Rooftop Solar PV System Installed on Englert's Own Standing Seam Metal RoofThe roof-integrated photovoltaic system on our New Jersey field service center in Perth Amboy generates thousands of kilowatt hours of electricity powering the company’s rollforming and slitting operations as well as part of its corporate office complex.

The company has 611 photovoltaic panels on 16,000 square feet of Englert standing seam metal roof adjacent to our corporate office and manufacturing facility in Perth Amboy, New Jersey.  The system was installed for two reasons, first, obviously, to save on energy costs and, second,  to underscore to architects, contractors and builders Englert’s commitment to solar energy as a rooftop power source. Our rooftop system generates nearly 186,000 kilowatt hours annually that provide electricity to our manufacturing plant’s rollforming, slitting and stamping operations. 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

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