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What makes metal roofs so tough?

Metal roofs are by far the most resilient and durable forms of metal roof on the market. With the right kind of care, your metal roof could last up to 100 years – almost 4 or 5 times as long as other roofing systems.

But how do they stay this tough? What about them makes them so resilient? That’s what we’re here to answer today. Here is what helps set metal roofs apart from the rest of the pack. Let’s jump right in.

 

Impact resistance

When we say metal roofs can take a beating – it’s because they can literally take a beating! Hail damage and other debris are a frequent cause of insurance claims – but with metal roofs, you’re looking at mostly minor dents. It might not help the aesthetic appeal of your roof, of course; but it won’t be a big, leaky hole, either.

Corrosion resistance

When you invest in a metal roof, you won’t have to worry about your home being unnecessarily exposed to the elements. You won’t have to worry about rot, corrosion or the usual wear and tear. Whether it’s metal shingles or standing steam formats – your metal roof will keep the water out and stand strong in the face of the elements.

Wind resistance

When you live in a community like ours here in Clearwater, Florida – high winds are always on the mind – whether it’s a severe thunderstorm creeping in from the coast or hurricane-force winds from a major storm. Every form of metal roof is resistant to tear-offs and updrifts. Thanks to the interlocking fastening system with metal roof clips, the airflow is pulled down and essentially just glides right over the surface of the roof.

In a place like Florida – this can give the average homeowner a huge sense of relief and peace of mind.

 

Metal roofs bring with them a vast array of benefits – but their toughness and durability is almost always the reason homeowners decide to invest in them. If you’re thinking of building a roof or have a contractor signed and want to save some money – contact us today and we’ll help supply you with the best in metal roofing materials. Good luck!

 

 

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What metal roof panel is right for me?

There are literally dozens of metal roof varieties on the market and one of the main questions we get as people who sell metal roof clips and components is ‘how do I select the right panel for my home?’ That answer is usually discovered through going over a variety of criteria and circumstances – of which we’ll discuss today.

Here are a few of the things you need to take into consideration when looking for the right metal roof panel for your project. Let’s jump right in!

Slope

Slope is an important aspect as it will eliminate several types of panels almost immediately. The pitch is important because things like rain water, snow and ice all accumulate differently and how steep your pitch is will go a long ways towards determining what you need.

If it’s a low-slope roof, you’ll be happy to hear that you won’t have to pay quite as much money as a roof with a higher pitch. It’ll also require significantly fewer materials to build with – so you’ll get some material cost breaks as well.

Steep slope roofs are a little different story in that they’re more expensive, but are also a little more resistant to damage and the elements as it’s harder for snow and water to accumulate at a given point in time. Not only that, but the steeper pitches tend to be a bit more aesthetically pleasing as well.

Location and climate

Location is a huge factor in what kind of panel you’ll need to invest in. Not only will you have the challenges of the elements like the heat and salt water in the south or the rain and snow in the north – but you’ll also have to deal with an even wider range of regulation and permitting issues. Both can significantly impact the project.

Engineering

Depending on the size and structure of your home, it might not be able to withstand certain types of roof models as they might be too heavy or cumbersome. This is an area that will need true technical expertise. Make sure that during your project – an engineer has a say.

Other considerations

There are a few other things to keep in mind. Things like substrates or the materials your house is framed with – might not be capable with certain frames. The type of panel is also a concern – are you looking at something with standing seams or through-fastened? Even the Geometry of your home is something you’ll have to consider.

In any event – buying a new roof is a big commitment and as such, there’s a lot you’ll need to take into consideration. Hopefully these tips help get you a point to start from and if you need any guidance, feel free to give us a call!

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What should be in a roofing estimate?

So you’ve made the decision to move forward and get some estimates and now it’s time to review them and possibly make a decision. You’ve held several meetings and taken part in numerous correspondences and now that the contractor’s ready, you’ve got yourself a run down of what will be done, how much it will cost and the like.

But how do you know what you’ve got in your hands has what it should have on it? After all – this is probably your first time. That’s what we’re here to discuss today – what you should be looking for in your roof estimate. Let’s jump right in.

Permitting, licensing and insurance

Most first time renovators don’t realize that you’ll have to acquire building permits in order to install a new roof. Be sure your contractor has that in line in addition to the proper insurances and licenses in order to do the job. The permits and licenses will give you the reassurance that they meet all the requirements for providing you with the service. The insurance will protect you if something happens during the project.

A summary of the project

Long story, short – this is the nuts and bolts portion of the estimate. It’s the plan as to how the contractor will proceed with the project. This is important as well – because you’ll be able to review this and see if there’s any discrepencies between what you’ve discussed with your contractor and what is on paper. It’s important to make sure you’re both pulling from the same side of the rope.

Materials

Any good estimate should have a list that precisely presents what’s going to be needed to build the roof and what they cost. This is a place where it’s advisable for you to assert yourself, as well. Make sure you ask for not only the materials and the price, but ask for the estimate in digital form so you can scope things out for yourself online.

Payment terms

This is the painful but necessary part! The estimate should not only inform you as to what the total cost of the project will be – but also give you a crystal clear idea about what you do to prepare the fees and how to pay them. Usually deposit is about one-third of the contract price.

 

Providing your clients with a complete and comprehensive estimate is a must. If some of these things aren’t included, then it will give you a good idea of who you’re working with. Good luck!

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Dealing with extreme weather

For a while it looked like the US was going to escape the usually Hurricane-heavy season last fall, but as the waters began to warm, things took a dramatic change in the opposite direction.

In the past few years, our colleagues in the construction industry have begun to take a long, hard look at roof performance. Simply put, the increase in Hurricane activity will likely become the norm and we’ll have to do our best to help our customers be as ready as they possibly can be.

Here are a few of the observations we’ve made which we think can have a significant impact on your roof’s performance in extreme weather events. Let’s jump right in.

Code Compliance

While it’s really annoying and aggravating to be dealing with building codes, they’re there for a reason – and that’s to keep us all safe. Whenever you purchase a new roof – metal or not – make sure it’s code compliant down to the tee. Not only will it help you avoid getting in trouble with the town, but also it’ll keep you safe when you need it the most.

Airborne Debris

There’s kind of an old saying about roofs in extreme weather – and that’s that your roof is really only as safe as your neighbor’s roofs. Why? Because in hurricanes, tile roofs will blow off and they can do a ton of damage to roofs when materials from other roofs clatter into them. It’s hard to avoid this issue as you’ll make your decisions about your roof and your neighbors will make theirs. Just be conscious that you’re not only protecting against the elements in a hurricane. You’re protecting against other people’s decisions as well.

Metal really does work best

While other materials routinely bend, break and weaken – metal roofs are the only system that retains its weather resistance. They’re not 100% fail-proof because nothing is. But they consistently out-perform the competition every time. Even not all metal roofs are created the same – as aluminum roofing actually outperforms steel in coastal environments. But if you’re looking to go with the best possible protection – go with the metal roof.

If you live in an area that has to deal with hurricanes, we suggest one of the first things you do is get a roof inspection by a qualified contractor. There may be loose areas or other problem spots which – If not addressed now, can impact your performance during a storm. Stay safe and good luck, folks!

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Choosing a metal roof supplier

So people ask us the question ‘why you’ all the time, so we figured that it wouldn’t be a bad opportunity to answer that question for you today. Whether you consider us or not, we’d like to share with you what we feel are the things you need to consider when choosing a metal roofing supplier.

Location

The ‘ship-to’ location of a roof and its components are important. Here’s why:

It can cost a lot.

It’s really no more complicated than that. But it’s important, because more often than not, not only do customers fail to think about the cost of shipping being rolled into the final cost of their roof, they also don’t think about whether the contractor is thinking about where they’re getting their materials from. The markup can not only put a hurting on the end-user, but the contractor, too.

So we recommend staying more local if you’re dealing with any metal roof manufacturer.

Service and delivery

 It’s not just important to know that you’ll receive your materials, but how fast. Nothing can be worse than a project that gets delayed because of shipping concerns. So when you’re choosing a company like ours, make sure you’re doing your research into the company’s responsiveness.

Also – take a gander through their Yelp page or Google reviews. Particularly look for their answer and whether they’re of a personal nature or not. Sometimes how a business handles problems are the biggest indicator of their quality.

Experience

Saying that ‘experience counts’ is definitely cliché, but it’s cliché for a good reason and in this line of work, it really does count for an awful lot. There are things that companies learn over the years – things they get better at, things they make mistakes doing and learn from, etc. More often than not, the devil is in the details regardless is you’re the end-user or you’re the person installing the roof. But it’s also important from a sense of stability. Especially when it comes to manufacturers, that stability is a sign of track record. It means they’re leaders in their field and for good reason.

Good luck finding the best fit for you – and hey, hopefully it’s with us. Should you ever need service, give us a shout and we’ll be sure to help you however we can.

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A Metal Roof Mandate?

So an interesting bit of news struck earlier this month in our home state – where in Monroe County, Florida, local city and county officials decided to propose a metal roof mandate for homes.

The decision comes on the heels of the county having been hit by several storms over the years, causing residents and officials to think longer and harder about the roof over their heads. In addition, after Irma hit and the city surveyed the damage, they found that metal roofs held up far better than traditional roofs did.

Metal roofs come with a variety of advantages – including longer lifespans (40 to 70 years), more energy efficiency and stronger performance during storms. In certain cases, you can purchase metal roofs that have up to 140mph wind ratings which allows them to survive even an F2 tornado. When the overall aversion to moisture is taken into account, they’re as good a bet in a hurricane as one can get.

This will be an interesting proposal to follow as talks evolve – as over 50 million people in the United States live along a hurricane-prone coastline and with changes to the climate in recent years, big storms aren’t just becoming a coastal problem anymore. With heat waves, droughts, nuisance flooding, wildfire and a storm surges become more and more commonplace, communities are attempting to prepare themselves as best as they can.

In addition to climate concerns, the demand in general for more durable, longer lasting materials in home construction is on the rise. Metal roofs certainly fall into that category – allowing home owners to save on energy costs, especially in extreme temperatures. In addition, they provide homes with better fire protection and reduced damage.

With the rise in nasty weather occurring all across the country – expect conversations much like the one being had in Monroe County – to keep popping up more and more. We’ll keep following the story and give you an update when we have one. How do you feel about this proposal? Do you think it’s a smart, forward thinking proposal that could benefit people in the long run? Or do you think its an overreach on the part of local officials that could cause undue cost onto taxpayers? Share your thoughts below!

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The Ultimate Metal Roof: Quonset Huts

The first Quonset huts were manufactured in 1941, when the United States Navy needed an all-purpose, lightweight building that could be shipped anywhere and assembled by unskilled labor. The United States Navy contracted with the George A. Fuller construction company to manufacture them. The first was produced within 60 days of contract award.

The original design was a 16 ft × 36 ft structure framed with steel members with an 8 ft radius. The sides were corrugated steel sheets. The two ends were covered with plywood, which had doors and windows. The interior was insulated and had pressed wood lining and a wood floor. The building could be placed on concrete, on pilings, or directly on the ground with a wood floor.

As the original design used low grade steel, a more rust-resistant version was called for. The United States used an all-spruce ‘Pacific Hut’ in the Pacific Theater of Operations in World War II. The flexible interior space was open, allowing for use as barracks, latrines, offices, medical and dental offices, isolation wards, housing, and bakeries.

The most common design created a standard size of 20 ft × 48 ft with 10 ft radius, allowing 720 square feet of usable floor space, with optional four-foot overhangs at each end for protection of entrances from the weather. Other sizes were developed, including 20 ft × 40 ft and 40 ft × 100 ft warehouse models.

About 160,000 Quonset huts were manufactured during World War II. After the war, in the United States, the military sold its surplus Quonset huts to the public. Many remain standing throughout the United States.

Besides those that remain in use as outbuildings, they are often seen at military museums and other places featuring World War II memorabilia. Some are still in active use at United States military bases; for example, Camps Red Cloud and Casey near the Korean DMZ and Pohakuloa Training Area on the big island of Hawaii.

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More Good News for the Construction Industry in 2015

Looks like the construction industry is coming back with a vengeance! If last month’s blog about a strong 2014 wasn’t enough, here’s more confirmation that we are heading into better times.

A leader in construction industry analysis, Dodge Data & Analytics, released its report last November, the Dodge Construction Outlook, showing that U.S. construction starts in 2015 will rise 9% to $612 billion!

Also, the report reveals that financing for construction projects is becoming more available, a sign that the lending standards at banks are easing up.

Here is a quick summary of the 2015 Dodge Construction Outlook:

Commercial building – 15% increase. Office construction will lead the way, aided by expanding private development as well as healthy construction activity related to technology and finance firms. Hotel and warehouse construction should also strengthen.

Institutional building – 9% increase. The educational building category is now seeing an increasing amount construction, aided by the financing made available by the passage of recent construction bond measures.

Single family housing – 15%  increase. It’s expected that access to home mortgage loans will be expanded, lifting housing demand.

Multifamily housing – 9% increase. Occupancies and rent growth continue to be strong, although the rate of increase for construction is now decelerating as the multifamily market matures.

Public works construction – 5%  increase. Highway and bridge construction should stabilize, and modest gains are anticipated for environmental public works. Federal spending restraint will be offset by a greater financing role played by the states, involving higher user fees and the increased use of public-private partnerships.

Electric utilities – 9%  decrease. A continuing downward trend that’s followed the exceptional volume of construction starts that was reported during 2011-2012. With more projects now coming on line, capacity utilization rates will stay low, limiting the need for new construction.

Manufacturing plant construction – 16% decrease. But after the huge increases reported during both 2013 (up 42%) and 2014 (up 57%) that reflected the start of massive chemical and energy-related projects, this year’s volume will remain quite high by recent historical standards.

Overall, it looks like another great year for the construction industry and the national economy. Although the Federal Government is still tight with construction funds, the States are stepping in to get more done.

Interest rates should remain low and thus help encourage further expansion in overall contruction activities. Occupancies and rents for commercial building and multifamily housing continue to strengthen, as the economy has in general.

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