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Articles including details about metal roofs.

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

Design Your Standing Seam Metal Roof for Optimal Performance in Cold Weather Climates

If you’re planning on installing a new standing seam metal roof and you live in a cold weather climate with snow, keep in mind some design considerations that, in the long run, are sure to protect you against problems with snow and ice accumulation and removal during the winter months. Here are some tips:

  • Choose a design with a cold roof. Keep the entire roof as cold as the eaves. Ventilating the underside of the roof, insulating the attic floor, and plugging air leaks are usually the answer.
  • Consider a roof color with a high solar absorption value that will help thaw snow and ice.  Colors such as bronze, brown, or dark gray versus white or light earth tones will help do the trick. Continue reading

Drip Edge: Insurance Against Those Wet Roofing Woes

Your existing shingle roof has had it and you’ve decided to replace it with a standing seam metal roof that will last twice as long and add value to your home when it comes time to sell it.

Aluminum Drip Edge from Englert is available in 4" and 6" sizes.You’ve gotten bids from two or three roofing contractors and you’re almost ready to make your decision. Most homeowners will trust their roofing contractor to do what’s necessary to replace the old roof but it doesn’t hurt to ask if your roof bid includes drip edge. A drip edge is a metal (usually aluminum) strip which extends beyond other parts of a roof and directs rainwater off the roof away from the fascia and into the gutter. The edge is configured so it prevents water from blowing under your roofing. At the same time, a lip along the edge makes water drip down out and away from your house, instead of directly down the side of the wall or fascia. In effect, it is an effective way to prevent water damage all the way from the roof to the foundation.

A drip edge provides a neat, straight edge to the roof, and is positioned so that roof water drips in the middle of gutters, along their full length. This is important because a badly positioned drip edge—or no drip edge at all– can cause overflowing of gutters, over front or back.

Sometimes, a roofing contractor will charge extra drip edge, particularly if he is hand cutting and bending the material which does take a little more work, time and skill.

But drip edge is available from manufacturers like Englert already pre-manufactured in 6” and 4” wide, 10-foot strips for new construction and retrofit roofing projects respectively to save the contractor labor costs in cutting and bending metal. Nearly every roofing contractor will vouch that drip edge is giving your home extra protection. And even home exterior painting contractors who have painted miles of fascia board with and without drip edge will tell you the paint job and wood always fair better when there’s a drip edge to help protect them.

Accurate, Complete Shop Drawings a Plus on Metal Roof and Wall Panel Projects

A shop drawing is a drawing or set of drawings produced by the contractor, supplier, manufacturer, subcontractor, or fabricator on a metal roofing or wall panel project.

It is an essential part of any project and the quality of the drawings can influence whether a project will be done correctly to specification, whether there will be legal issues down the road about meeting spec and even whether the job will be completed on schedule.

Shop drawings are not produced by architects and engineers under their contract with the owner. The shop drawing is the manufacturer’s or the contractor’s drawn version of information shown in the general contractor’s construction documents. It is drawn to explain the fabrication and/or installation of the items, in this case, metal roofing or wall panels, to the contractor’s installation crews. Unlike an architect’s drawing, a shop drawing’s primary emphasis is exclusively on the particular product or installation, unless roofing and wall panel materials must be integrated with other materials.

The shop drawings should include information for the architect to compare to the architectural specifications and drawings. The shop drawing gives the architect the opportunity to review the fabricator’s and/or installer’s version of the product, prior to fabrication. Attachment of manufacturer’s material specifications, “catalog cut sheets,” and other manufacturer’s information like independent testing results and installation instructions should accompany these drawings. Manufacturers like Englert have all of this information readily available at their company websites so it can be downloaded onto a disk or easily printed out for attachment to the drawings. Some fabricators and manufacturers will provide symbols, data, or instructions concerning installation. This can include a list of other materials, such as fasteners or adhesives, appropriate but not included for the product. 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.

Problems with a Shingle Roof? Free Yourself Forever with a New Standing Seam Metal Roof

Thinking of replacing your old shingle roof with a new standing seam metal roof? Here are six telltale signs it’s time to get rid of shingle roof problems forever and replace them with a metal roof that won’t leak and will continue to look good for decades to come.

–Curling and buckling shingles are a sign that it’s time for a new roof. Shingles that are curling and losing granules means the roof is past its life expectancy or that the roofing material is defective.Worn out curling shingles on a house.

–Cracked or missing shingles is another sign that the roof is failing.

– Shingle granules in the gutters are also a sign of a failing roof.  Roofs tend to lose more granules toward the end of their life cycle. Also, a large pile of granules at the base of the gutter downspout is another sign of a worn shingled roof.

–Dark streaks on the roof caused by airborne algae that is sticking to the shingles. This may not necessarily harm the roof shingles, but it can make an otherwise beautiful home look tacky. Continue reading

Metal Roofing and Wall Panel – Helpful Tips for Assisting in the Specification Writing Process

An architectural firm is being asked to put together a competitive bid specification for a project that includes a standing seam metal roof or metal wall panels. The on-staff designers are not necessarily familiar with all the different metal roof and wall panel products available in the marketplace. But the owner has a tight deadline to produce drawings, written specifications and pricing and the architect has to get the work done quickly.

Architect reviewing project blueprint.Meanwhile, there are only days to complete the process if the architect is going to submit designs and specifications on time. Even under these circumstances, if a designer is going to go to the manufacturer for details and product usage information, there are a number of guidelines they can follow that will make the process easier and faster and make sure they get timely, useful information so the specifications are clear and easy to follow—the first time around.

Here are some tips to architects from our company’s product solutions staff which includes seasoned estimators, spec writers and architects.

Make the Construction Specification Institute’s Project Resource Manual required reading for specification writing.  This is the “spec writer’s  bible” by the only organization in the U.S. that has comprehensively considered the entire practice of specification writing for construction, including urging people to follow the four golden rules of specifying —be clear, concise, correct and complete.  This book contains CSI’s recommended practices for specification preparation, bidding and negotiating, and contract administration. There are definitions of terminology, descriptions of typical procedures, and examples of unusual situations. Continue reading

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