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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

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

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.”

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

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.

Accurately Replacing a Historic Roof Can Be Done with the Right Research and a Metal Roof

From the earliest days of our nation, many of America’s important buildings have had metal roofs made from copper, lead and tin-coated iron. Americans knew then as we know now that metal enhances the look of these buildings while providing roof protection that will last for many generations to come. Many of these historical buildings were built in an age where the aesthetics of the roof were an important part of the look of a building. Patterns in the roof and ornamental treatments such as steeples, spires, finials, collector heads and other decorative but functional outcroppings brought beauty and elegance to the buildings of an earlier time.Walter Reed Hospital Restoration with Metal Roof

Today, it is expensive and difficult to replace both the roofs and the roof decorations made from metals like copper and terne-coated steel that were prevalent during that period.  Because so much of the restoration involves public buildings, entities like the National Park Service have websites that can provide technical guidelines for restoration. Another good source is Traditional Buildings Magazine with editorial content and advertising that can help find the materials and restoration companies needed to tackle an historic building renovation. They are good resources for researching roofing characteristics of an historic building project including color, texture, historically accurate materials, durability and performance and even some of the roof configurations, many of which were peculiar to the specific project. Continue reading

Snow Loads A Real Safety Issue In Winter of 2014 – May be Time to Consider A Metal Roof

Looking for another reason for considering a standing seam metal roof system – well check this out?

Over a 36-hour period in Massachusetts last month, there were more than 70 reports of roof collapses or buildings with potential structural damage from the weight of snow and ice loads on roofs.  The majority took place in eastern Massachusetts but they could have been almost anywhere in the continental United States given the severity of the weather we’ve been experiencing.Snow load collapsed roof

In many instances, homes and businesses were evacuated as a result of collapses or safety concerns resulting from indications of structural weaknesses from rooftop snow loads.  These conditions are directly attributable to prolonged cold weather and repeated snowstorms punctuated by short periods of rain that are absorbed into the snowpack adding more weight.  The threat can be alleviated by removing the rooftop snow on homes and commercial buildings.  That’s one short term solution. Continue reading

Steel and Aluminum—Two Great Metal Roofing Materials, Each Have Their “Strengths”

If you are a designer or builder considering a standing seam metal roof you may be asking the question what is the difference between aluminum and steel as a choice for the metal roof.

Commercial and residential metal roofing is primarily made of steel or aluminum. Both products are initially produced in giant rolls at a mill. All steel roofing has a protective barrier on both sides of the sheet called a metallic coating which protects against rusting. This is underneath and separate from any paint which imparts color to the product. There are two types of metallic coatings used: galvanized, which uses 100% Zinc in various thicknesses depending upon the product usage, and Galvalume, a mixture of aluminum and zinc. These metallic coatings “sacrifice” themselves to protect the iron in steel from oxidation when exposed to air and moisture. Zinc is a more “active” metal than iron so it oxidizes first and forms a protective barrier — zinc oxide, before the iron in the steel can become Ferric Oxide (rust). When zinc is combined with aluminum to form Galvalume there is even more protection in most circumstances.Metal roofing coil in various colors.

Steel residential roofing is made in thicknesses designated by gauge and is generally 24 to 26 gauge, with the higher gauge being thinner than the lower. These gauges are appropriate since most residential metal roofing applications are over a solid substrate. Aluminum residential metal roofing is designated by decimal thickness and ranges from .023 to .040 thickness.

Steel and aluminum both perform well as a metal roofing material. However, aluminum roofing, depending upon the exact product chosen, can run up to 20 percent higher in price compared to steel roofing. Continue reading

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

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