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

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

An Englert Metal Roof Covers a Piece of History in Vermont

Today’s blog is about a bridge -  A covered bridge in Vermont  with a standing seam metal roof on it and a community that came together to rebuild that bridge and restore its place in history .

On August 28, 2011, when the Williams River rose to historic heights during Tropical Storm Irene, the Bartonsville Covered Bridge, built in 1870, in the village of Bartonsville, in Rockingham, Vermont, lost its battle to the raging waters.  The swollen river eroded the banks on its south side damaging the bridge’s abutments.  When the abutments gave way the bridge separated from the banks and began gliding down the river. Unable to make a turn in the river, the 151-foot-long, lattice truss-style bridge collapsed in a pile on the shore about a half mile down-stream.Bartonsville covered bridge destroyed by Tropical Storm Irene

It wasn’t the first Bartonsville covered bridge to be victimized by a storm. It was built after the great Vermont flood of 1869 that changed the course of the Williams River, replacing another covered bridge about a quarter of a mile up the road where the river used to flow.

The raging Williams River had done its damage for the second time in 142 years. Continue reading

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