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While the initial investment of a metal roof may be higher, rest assured the overall cost of a metal roof over the long term will be one of the most economical decisions you can make for your home. When selecting a roofing material there are many factors to take into consideration beyond installation cost. Here’s a side-by-side comparison of metal roofs and other common roofing materials (CLICK TO ENLARGE IN NEW WINDOW):
So, while the initial cost may be higher, the overall cost of a metal roof throughout its lifetime will make metal roofing the most cost-effective option and add the most value to your home.
Because of its ability to perform in even the most difficult locations and conditions, metal roofing is the best roofing choice in virtually every region. How? Here is a quick and easy guide to the performance of metal roofing in several key categories... al roofing is available with "cool" coatings that repel heat and reduce heating and cooling loads, resulting in cost savings for homeowners.
Metal roofing is available with "cool" coatings that repel heat and reduce heating and cooling loads, resulting in cost savings for homeowners.
Because quality metal roofing products have a long lifespan, metal roofs are an ideal platform for solar panels. In fact, most metal roofs will outlast the solar panels themselves, which means that replacing the roof underneath will not void the solar panel warranties. Furthermore, solar panel mounts for metal roofing typically do not require any penetration of the roof itself, resulting in less opportunity for water penetration.
Snow & Ice
Most metal roofing systems are built to withstand heavy weight loads like snow and ice. Furthermore, because of their smooth surface, several metal roofing styles encourage snow shed and reduce ice damming. Snow guards are widely available and simple to install on any type of metal roof on the mark
Hurricanes & High Winds
Many metal roofing systems have been tested and proven to perform in winds exceeding 140 mph (equivalent to an F2 tornado) and to protect against debris impact damage.
When combined with the proper roofing system components, metal roofing meets the Class A fire rating. The Class A rating necessitates that roofing systems meet or exceed the testing criteria outlined in the UL 790 (ASTM E 108) Standard Test Methods for Fire Tests of Roof Coverings. Hail UL 2218 Class 4 compliant roofing products are available from the majority of metal roofing manufacturers. This rating meets the Severe Hail (SH) requirements set forth by the majority of major insurance companies.
Metal is one of the most environmentally friendly roofing materials available. Metal roofing is made of recycled materials and is completely recyclable at the end of its useful life. As a result, there will be less waste in landfills and more reuse than with other materials.
Contrary to popular belief, metal roofing does not make any more noise when it rains or is exposed to inclement weather than any other roofing material. Again, contrary to popular belief, metal roofing does not attract lightning. In fact, if lightning strikes your metal roof, the electricity is dispersed over a larger area, reducing the immediate impact.
What Shingle Do I Need? Depends On Where You Live…
The conditions where you live matter when it comes to selecting the right metal roofing shingle. Each climate puts its own demands on the top of your house. See what kind of metal roofing shingle is best for the conditions your area is prone to:
- Heavy Snow and/or Ice
- Extreme Heat or Cold
- Hurricanes, tornadoes or high winds
Heavy Snow and/or Ice
If you live in an area where snow and ice are common, consider the following.
- Snow loads – which roofing materials can withstand heavy snow loads (weight)?
- Snow shedding – what roofing materials might help with snow shedding, making the process easier and/or safer?
- Snow guards – What snow guard options (and how effective are they) for the roofing materials I'm considering?
Extreme Heat or Cold
• Hot climates – what roofing products can repel heat and minimize cooling loads (the need for air conditioning)?
• Cold climates – what roofing products can hold heat and minimize heating loads?
Which roofing products work best with solar panels and attachments? What roofing products will last as long or longer than the solar panels themselves (so panel warranties are not voided by removal/replacement)?
Which roofing products have the longest lifespan to avoid replacement in difficult to reach locations?
Hurricanes, Tornadoes or High Winds
If you live in an area prone to hurricanes, tornadoes, or high winds, consider the following:
Wind speeds – Which roofing options (systems) have been tested and proven to withstand strong winds?
Performance ratings – What roofing products are rated to withstand the high winds that may occur in my area?
Building codes – What do local building codes require in terms of high wind protection?
Insurance – Which roofing materials are rated to meet or exceed the requirements of insurance company policies?
Consider the following if you live in an area where large and/or frequent hail occurs.
• Dent-resistance – which roofing materials have been tested and proven to be dent-resistance?
• Performance ratings – which roofing materials are rated to withstand hail of varying sizes and speeds? (NOTE: There is a formal, recognized hail rating system in place.)
• Building codes – What hail-related building code requirements exist in my area, and what roofing materials can meet those codes?
• Insurance – which roofing materials are rated to meet or exceed the requirements of insurance company policies?
Consider the following if you live in an area where wildfires are a possibility.
* Fire resistance – what roofing materials are tested and proven to be fire resistant?
* Performance ratings – which roofing materials are rated to withstand high heat such as from direct flame or embers?
* Building codes – What building code requirements for flames or embers exist in my area, and what roofing materials can meet those codes?
* Insurance – which roofing materials are rated to meet or exceed insurance company policy requirements?
Metal roofing is not only long-lasting and durable, the material is flexible enough to be custom-shaped and can take on any kind of finish. It is the ultimate in curb appeal.
Want to see what your house would look like with a metal roof? Or several different metal roofs? The MRA (Metal Roofing Association) has developed a little gizmo to help you visualize your own home with metal roofing!
Your roof doesn’t need to fail in order to need replacement. A roof can naturally reach the end of its useful life. It looks old and worn. You’ve thought about whether it’s time for a new roof, but it’s not giving you any problems now, so why not wait a little longer?
Simple. It could result in bigger problems down the road, and possibly at a much less convenient time.
Here are questions to ask yourself if you think you need a new roof:
1. Are my shingle edges curling, or are the tabs “cupped?
2. Do any shingles show missing granules or “bald spots”?
3. Are any of my shingles cracked?
4. Is my roof older than 20 years?
5. Does my roof just look old and worn out?
6. Are my neighbors getting new roofs?
7. Are there dark or green algae streaks on the shingles?
8. Is moss growing on my roof?
If you answered “Yes” to any of the above, it's time to have your roof inspected.
Pre-formed metal shingles are offered for people who want a traditional asphalt look with superior performance and a 3-4 times longer lifespan than ordinary asphalt shingles.
Metal shake is a more upscale version of the classic wooden shake. With longer-lasting, more durable metal, you'll get the original look of wood while also getting a larger selection of color possibilities.
The beautiful contours of conventional tile are combined with the lightness, strength, and durability of steel in metal tile.
Metal pre-formed to resemble slate provides homeowners with the distinct look of smooth, uniform slate tiles without the cost, weight, or fragility of true slate.
This product, also known as vertical seam, has sleek lines and comes in a range of profiles and colors, giving classic metal roofing a modern touch. Standing seam panels that have been pre-painted are a lovely addition to any home. They're stylish, functional, and affordable.
Stone-coated steel roofing comes in a variety of colors, textures, and patterns to match practically any home design.
Because metal can be shaped into any shape, homeowners can choose from a variety of custom-designed metal roofing alternatives.
Metal Roofing Installation Process
How the metal roofing shingles are installed depends on the type of metal being used. Here are the details that go into the process of correctly installing a metal rood:
The roof substructure is an important part of the roof system.
It is situated beneath the metal roof panels and serves two primary functions.
To begin with, it acts as a foundation to which the metal roof material is attached. Second, the roof substructure serves as a structural member, transmitting load to the support structure. Live loads include wind, snow, rain, and foot traffic. The dead loads include the weight of the roof materials, including the roof deck. Most decks must also serve as diaphragms, transferring wind and other lateral forces, such as seismic movement, to the building's structural frame.
Underlayment is required before installing metal roof panels. Some panels may require the use of an underlayment as well as a slip sheet. Underlayment is usually sold in rolls and is available in a variety of natural and synthetic materials.
The type of fasteners used will be determined by the metal composition and style. Fasteners are specified differently by each metal roofing manufacturer.
The metal composition and style will determine the type of fasteners used. Each metal roofing manufacturer specifies fasteners differently.
Curbing & Roof Jacks
Roof curbs help to support roof penetrations like skylights. Roof jacks protect the flashing around pipes and other roof penetrations. Curbs and roof jacks both help to reduce the likelihood of water leaks and provide additional roof leak protection.
The color of your home's roof can have a significant impact on its overall appearance. Metal roofing color options are virtually limitless, allowing you to select from a variety of options or work with your installer to create a custom-designed look. Here are some things to think about when picking a roof color.
Things to Consider:
- Choosing a roof color that contrasts with the exterior wall color of your home will help it stand out and command attention.
- A house with a bright red metal roof and a white exterior is an excellent example of this.
Light Colored Roof
- If you want to add visual height to your house, a lighter color roof may make it appear taller.
- Lighter-colored metal roofs, for example, will make homes with a low-slope roof or a shallow pitch appear taller.
Dark Colored Roof
- A darker metal roof, on the other hand, may give the impression of a lower-rise house.
Metal Roof Coatings
Silicone-Modified Polyester (SMP)
Siliconized polyester is made up of silicone additives in a polyester base resin. Siliconized polyester is created by combining silicone additives with a polyester base resin. The addition of silicone improves the paint's performance by increasing gloss retention and weather resistance. Some manufacturers also use ceramic pigments to reduce color fading. Metal should be primed with a 0.2-0.3 mil thick primer, followed by a 0.7-1.2 mil thick topcoat. SMP is a good paint system that provides long-lasting performance at a low cost.
Polyvinylidene Fluoride (PVDF)
PVDF paints are the most durable in the industry, with a resin that is 70% fluoropolymer and 30% acrylic. The formula provides the most effective protection for metal roofs. • 0.2-0.3 mil thick prime coat and 0.7-1.2 mil thick topcoat should be applied to metal depending on the paint color.• PVDF is considered a higher-end paint system that offers industry-leading performance.
Stone or granular coated panels that have been formed and shaped to style are coated with an acrylic polymer adhesive before being coated with the granule coating, which bonds the stone chips to the specially primed steel panel. For added protection during transit and installation, a clear coat sealer is applied over the top. Stone coated steel panels are tested in accordance with ASTM D4977 to ensure no more than 1% stone loss.
Affordable and Permanent
Tuff-Rib is our most affordable metal roofing system. A generous 36″ coverage, category leading finishes, and high production volumes combine to ensure that everyone can afford a quality steel roof system.
Design & Size
We provide Tuff-Rib custom cut to the inch per your specifications. Any length is available from 3′ up to 45′. Tuff-Rib’s design features five 3/4″ high ribs, spaced 9″ on center.
Warranty & Finish
The paint warranty on painted Tuff-Rib is 40 years and the fade/chalk warranty is 30 years. Unpainted Galvalume is covered by a 25-year warranty. Baked on enamel paint over primer and Galvalume is used for the painted option. Non-painted Galvalume is composed of 45 percent zinc and 55 percent aluminum with a clear acrylic overcoat. It is Energy Star® rated and has a reflectivity rating ranging from 25% to 67% depending on the finish.
Purpose & Use
Tuff-Rib can be installed on roofs as low as 2.5:12 due to an integrated anti-siphon groove on panel laps. Strong 3/4′′ trapezoidal ribs allow for installation over both solid deck and open frame applications. Tuff-Rib is best suited for residential applications, but it also works well as a light commercial panel.Tuff-Rib can withstand high winds in Florida (and even Miami-Dade Hurrican Zones) thanks to its high tensile steel core.
Best Buy Metals' Tuff-Rib is available is a variety os attractive colors that will meke your house stand out on the block, inluding: Marine Red, Patriot Red, Terracotta Red, Burgundy, Evergreen, Royal Blue, Gallery Blue, Copper Metallic Premium, Galvalume (unpainted) .
WHY CHOOSE LICENSED, FACTORY-CERTIFIED, INSURED & LOCAL CONTRACTORS?
It’s important to work with a contractor you can trust. Roofers and repair companies are likely to be busy after a large regional storm and may try to compete for your business by offering discounts or deals. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
If you found us from outside your service area, a good place to start your research is with the NRCA. If you’re within the Memphis region, contact us for a FREE, no-obligation estimate.
JA Contractors is licensed, bonded, manufacturer certified and our expert inspectors can:
- Review your damage with a professional eye
- Provide an estimate on repair costs
- Replace or repair your roof
WE USE THE CATCH-ALL PROTECTION SYSTEM
We take the "protect" in our motto seriously when we work on your jobsite. To ensure that debris from roofing work stays off your property, we use Catch-All Gutter & Landscaping Protection Systems .
Catch-All is an elegant draping system that leans against the house and protects it and your surroundings from any debris dropping from the roof while it's being worked on.
ROOFING: A key JAC initiative, we’re dedicated to securing rooftops against the challenges of changing weather patterns in the region.
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REMODELING: From your dream kitchen to hundreds of hotel bathrooms, JAC’s upgrades make any room a masterpiece.
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GENERAL CONTRACTING SERVICES: We’ve gutted, rebuilt and raised from scratch countless homes, offices and hotels.
We at JAC are at the forefront of next-generation technology, and we're responsive to the evolving needs of the homeowners of today and tomorrow. Solar panel and home power-storage units are tech that we are currently training our roofing experts to install in any home.