Tag Archives: Metal Roof Colors

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

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

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

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

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

Metal and Coatings Are Important: But the Paintline and the People Who Run It Will Make the Difference

Everyone always talks about the quality of their aluminum and steel in metal construction and the importance of using a high end coating.

But very rarely do you hear anyone talk about a third key element in the manufacture of a quality metal roofing or wall product—the paint line on which it is made. Virtually every aspect of a paint line plays a critical role in the final quality of the product. Following is a quick visit to a modern paint line with a look at why a state of the art manufacturing operation is critical to the production of a superior product and to the economies of cost in producing it.

Paint line systems built within the past few years are environmentally superior. They capture 100 percent of solvent fumes from painting, drying and curing operations and recover virtually all of the heat from the burning solvent for return to the process in an ultra-clean system.Metal coil paintline.

Newer paint lines have systems  that can heat their ovens and metal cleaning and pretreatment operations with no cost, saving  a substantial amount of energy which otherwise would have to be built into the cost of the product. Their environmental systems burners destroy volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and solvents in their incinerator. The heat from there is passed through for heating ovens and the boiler which creates steam heat for the cleaner and rinse tanks. Then fresh air from the coater rooms is passed through the heat exchanger and into the incinerator to be burned to complete the loop. Any excess heat is then pumped out through the stack.

Modern paint lines have an oven and incinerator with one burner along the entire line, producing the highest grade of painted metal possible. Oven heat in these modern systems is better balanced internally to give a better product with color that is uniform across the entire roll. Samples of whites produced in older, multiple-burner manufacturing systems can have a yellow cast across the width of the strip because the heat is stronger on one side of the burner than the other. The new systems set the highest standard in the industry for quality, color and consistency. Continue reading

Standing Seam Metal Roofs: Always Look On The Bright Side of Life

Quick! What color is the standing seam metal roof on a Home Depot? Barnes & Noble? How about a Lowes Home Improvement store?

We’ll bet you knew all three of them-orange, green and blue. And not any orange, green and blue because each of those retail giants has a custom name for its colors. They know their colors play a key role along with signage to brand their companies and ultimately help customers identify and remember their stores in the great clutter of America’s malls and roadside retailers.Metal roof on IHOP restaurant.

They are not alone. Scores of fast food chains, national and regional gas stations, hotel chains and the like have signature color standing seam metal roofs that serve as beacons to customers. The color in essence becomes part of their brand.

Why? Because color possesses an inherent ability to stimulate an aesthetic consciousness simply by the visual satisfaction that it creates. Used intelligently, color and colored light can add distinctiveness and appeal to any project. Continue reading

Metal Roof Coatings: What to Look for When Choosing a Durable Topcoat

When architects and building owners are looking for specific performance characteristics in choosing a metal roof, they are inevitably looking for its coating to act as a continuous barrier, adhere tightly to the substrate, and not fade, peel or chip over its life. They expect it to be hard enough to resist incidental scratches from transportation, installation, and roof traffic and impact. They do not expect it to be so brittle as to crack during metal forming. They want it to resist damage from atmospheric chemicals and salt and not chalk, fade, lose gloss, or stain. In other words, they want the coating system to be durable, enhancing the life of the metal roof underneath and extending the guarantee that the product will perform effectively for many years.

There are dozens of tests that paints can undergo to determine their performance characteristics for durability (See National Coil Coating Association Tool Kit #8). There are falling sand erosion tests, acid tests, adhesion after impact and bending tests and acid rain and salt spray simulations.  Fade, chalk and gloss are the most important characteristics measured in weathering tests.

Paints are usually identified by a resin type such as polyester, urethane, latex, etc. Tradeoffs in creating these systems are made to meet different price points for different needs. But, paints should also be considered as complete systems, rather than as a simple addition of a better or cheaper part of the product.Metal roof coating colors

Let’s dig a little bit more deeply to see what makes the difference in a superior metal roof coating. There are several coil coating topcoats available but only three are used primarily for coil coating exterior metal like that which is found on a standing seam metal roof system. Polyesters have traditionally occupied the low end of the market. They offer a hard, scratch-resistant finish and a wide range of gloss. But polyesters are prone to chalking when exposed to UV or sunlight. Since their introduction in the 1960’s, polyesters have been greatly improved with higher molecular weights and longer polymeric chains that create stronger, more UV-resistant bonds.

Silicone-modified polyesters (SMP), also known as silicone-protected and siliconized polyesters, use polymerized silicone to improve polyester chalk performance and gloss retention. But one disadvantage of silicone polyesters is lower flexibility due to the highly crosslinked and branched structure of these polymers. Continue reading

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