Category Archives: Metal Roof Supplies

Getting to know your metal roof clips: Expansion and Contraction Clips

Metal roof clips are some of the most important components of your roofing system – but they’re also one of the most overlooked. Choosing the right kind of metal roof clip is essential towards ensuring that you get the most out of metal roof.

In the next few months, we’re going to be discussing the different kinds of metal roof clips on the market – what they do and why they’re useful. This month, we’ll be starting off with expansion and contraction clips. Let’s jump right in!

What is it?

Expansion and contraction clips are fastened to the deck of a home and has a moveable, sliding piece that attaches to a metal roof panel before seaming occurs. This is important because it allows thermal movement – which all metal roofing systems need. They also have a secondary identification – and you’ll find that some pros refer to them as ‘butterfly clips.’

When do you use it?

Expansion and contraction clips are used in roofing systems that have some sort of mechanical seaming. Every metal roofing system gets warm and cold and with that ongoing cooling and heating – comes expansion and contraction – just like anything else in your home. Long story, short – your panels wouldn’t be able to expand and contract without these clips and it could cause rupturing in the seaming as well as warping and other defects.

What should you consider?

While expansion and contraction clips are incredible assets to have and in some cases – required assets; the truth is they’re on the more expensive end of the cost spectrum for metal roof clips. This is particularly true when compared to fixed clips. In addition – these clips aren’t always assembled when they’re purchased – so every piece has to be put together by hand. This can add to labor costs and must be considered. However – the flexibility – literally and figuratively that the clips afford homeowners – is certainly worth the additional expense if said home owner can afford it.

In the coming months we’ll be covering a variety of metal roof clips – including Fixed Clips, Floating clips, Batten Clips and the like. If you’re unsure of which clip to use for your next big roofing project, give our team a call and we’ll be happy to provide you with a free consultation. Until then – good luck!

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Settling down: Things to consider when hiring a metal roof supplier

Choosing a metal roof supplier is one of the most important choices a client can make. Just as is the case with anything, there are certain things that need to be taken into consideration when choosing just who – exactly – that you’ll be doing business with.

Here are some things for you to consider when it comes time for you to settle down and choose and a metal roof contractor. Let’s jump right in!

Location

Shipping panels over a long distance can be costly. While this might be necessary for premium grade panels, the fact is that by choosing somewhere closer, you stand the chance of saving an awful lot of money. A lot of folks also don’t realize that shipping is often cooked into the cost and can take a run of the mill roofing project and add significantly to the budget.

Experience

While roofing would seem to be one of those professions you get or you don’t; the fact of the matter remains that there’s no replacement for experience. A rule of thumb is that if the company has been around for a while, chances are they know what they’re doing. Also chances are that they’ve learned lessons, evolved and become better. They’re also more financially stable – which will allow them to perhaps offer you deals that you wouldn’t get elsewhere.

Types and styles of roofs

Believe it or not, not all roofing manufacturers are created equal. Some do certain types of roofing really well while others simply don’t. Keeping a quiver of suppliers who are ready to go on specific projects can make a significant difference in the range of services you can offer and the kinds of projects that you can take on.

Service and delivery

This is a part of your investigation that you should take your time with. Send questions and see how fast they respond. Get very technical and hear what their answers might be. How a business treats its customers is more often than not – a look into what the quality of their services and products are.

 

We hope that this list helps to make it easier for you in terms of choosing the right supplier. If you’d like to speak to use specifically about metal roof clips or any metal roofing needs, feel free to reach out.

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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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How to prepare for a roof replacement

The period of time where a roof is getting installed can be a little hectic and messy around your home. Things are flying off the roof, people are in and out, you’ll see dumpsters, trucks and all sorts of other craziness. In order to cope, you’ll need to be prepared. Doing so, will make the entire process that much easier on you, your family and the workers.

This week, we’re going to discuss four things you should do before your roof is going to be replaced. Let’s jump right in!

If you have kids, particularly young ones

Then you’ll want to make sure you go over what’s going to be happening! Roof replacement can be noisy, hectic and a little dangerous for kids – so be sure that you sit them down and explain to them what’s going to be happening, what is expected of them and what you need them to be aware of for their own safety. And while it might pain them temporarily, it’s probably a good idea to keep all play indoors.

Pets

You might want to consider sending your pets on a temporary ‘vacation’ during the roof install. There will be so many noises and new people around that the entire experience can stress out pets perhaps more than anyone. So if the in-laws or friends can take your pets for a day, it’s probably best that you try to make that accommodation. If they can’t, then we’d suggest perhaps a doggy daycare.

Be mindful of where you’re parking

You might be giggling a little bit, but you’d be surprised at the number of horror stories you’d hear about people who had stuff thrown and or had fallen on their cars because of where they parked them. Not only do you need to worry about the safety of your car, but you also need to take the rest of your home into consideration. Leave the driveway open for your contactors so they can park dumpsters, trucks and other equipment. That way, you won’t have people driving all over your lawn and damaging other areas of your property.

Secure the outdoors

If you have deck furniture – store it away for a few days. If you have nice potted plants, find them a new home for a week. Clear out any obstructions so that workers can get to the areas of your home they need to get to. And that’s just before the roof is done. Once it’s complete, make sure you do another walkthrough around your property to check for loose debris, nails or anything else that could cause a problem. Most companies are great about cleanup, but inevitably something could have been left behind. Don’t let it cost you!

Should you have any questions about metal roof clips, components or parts, give us a call today for a free consultation. Hopefully, your install will go off without a hitch! Good luck!

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The financial benefits of owning a metal roof

While different kinds of roofs provide a wide range of benefits depending on the makeup of your house, at the end of the day – choosing a roof is ultimately a financial decision. When it comes to metal roofs – that decision can be a little more expensive up front, but certainly saves you a lot of money over the long haul.

Here are some of the financial benefits of investing in a metal roof and what kind of value that investment will provide you with as the years roll by. Let’s jump right in!

Increased home value

Metal roofs are more durable, they’re more weather resistant, they’re easier to maintain and they’ll last a lot longer than other roofing systems. To put it simply – that is a huge benefit for a potential buyer – but  benefit that comes at a cost to them as well. Homes with metal roofs are inherently more valuable and if you’re looking to put your house on the market in the coming months, you should account for your roof in your home’s overall value.

Most studies have shown that on average- a metal roof can add up to about 65% of it’s cost to a home’s overall value. That’s nothing to sneeze at!

Dramatically reduced maintenance

As we pointed out above, one of the major benefits of having metal roof is that you won’t encounter many to any of the usual roof maintenance headaches you’d have using other roofing systems. Things like leaks, frying and other issues don’t happen with metal roofs. And that’s not just from a functionality standpoint, either. Metal roofs also can take a real beating and still maintain their stellar appearance.

Month to month

Metal roofs provide a sort of financial ripple effect throughout the rest of your budget – and that fact remains one of the reason they’ve become so popular. The area you’re likely to see the biggest difference is in your energy bill. Metal roofs seal much better, making it easier to keep both cold and warm air inside your home – meaning that your HVAC system won’t have to work nearly as hard to keep your home at the desired temperature. Less work, means less money.

 

Metal roofs are truly an investment. From their long-standing durability, reduced maintenance costs and month-to-month benefits that they provide, they’re certainly more than worth their steep cost up front. That money will soon be recouped.

To learn more about whether a metal roof is for you or to find out more about our systems, metal roof clips and other roofing products, feel free to give us a call today for a free consultation. 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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Roof maintenance in the fall

We know this is probably the last thing you want to hear, but fall is coming – and with it means falling leaves, colder weather and a lot of preparation to get ready for the coming cold, winter months.

While you’ll certainly have your attention focused on a lot of different tasks, we hope you take some time to think about your roof – which in many ways – does some of the heaviest lifting of any of your possessions in the winter.

Here are some things you can do to prep your roof for the winter. Let’s jump right in!

Gutter maintenance

We can’t emphasize this enough – clean your gutters! Gutters that aren’t full of detritus keeps water flowing where it should and off your roof. Backed up gutters means that water can get back onto your roof, which will lead to both roof damage and mold issues.

A great way to get out ahead of this is to buy gutter guards which will save you hours of work down the road – and does so without blowing a hole in your wallet. The water will get in – but the debris won’t.

Trim your trees

Trees grow fast and as such you should always be wary of any branches that are hanging over or getting closer to your house. We recommend doing this a little closer to the winter – even as far out as the first initial freeze. The reason for this is while yes- you might have to deal with pesky leaves for one more season – you should take the time to do a comprehensive tree pruning when the leaves are off, dead branches are exposed and when the air is cold and dry so that pests and other infections don’t harm the tree.

Your roof should be priority #1, but try to keep the aesthetic and health of your trees in mind as well.

Get yourself a roof inspection

Professional inspectors will see things that you can’t. That includes peering into your attic to check and see if there’s any kind of damage. If the inspection reveals that you need work done on your roof – then you can take care of it immediately, before the snow and ice arrive. If ignored, these small issues can become major emergencies in the winter.

Especially if you have a metal roof, make sure they check for rust, gaps and other areas where there might be room for water to wiggle in. While sure, the surface is mostly impervious to these elements, things can happen, metal can shift and you can have yourself a problem. Ask a pro and they’ll let you know what you need to do.

Follow these tips and you should find yourself having little to no issues once the temperature drops and the ice and snow come. Good luck this fall and we’ll see you next month!

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The hidden benefits of metal roofs

Metal roofs are an excellent addition to your home almost no matter what, but here are some off the radar reasons for you to think about taking the plunge and buying one that you might not think of at first.

 

Cost control

 

Because metal roofs don’t really degrade the way most roofing materials do – a properly installed and inspected metal roof will end the worry as to what or when you’ll set a roofing budget again. Metal roofs often last for 30 or more years, so the likelihood of you having to worry about making another investment will be eliminated over the long terms. Especially if you’ve invested in your forever home, this will be a good way to maximize your profit over the long haul.

 

Lower weight

 

As structures get older, the lower weight of a metal roof can help guard against the movement of a particular structure – especially in areas where you might have to grapple with the possibility of seismic activity. Metal roofs are the lowest weight residential options on the market today and can allow you to not only install over any other surface material, but avoid having to un-install other materials like asphalt, shingle and the like.

 

Recycled content

 

Depending on the product you choose, a metal roof should be made from recycled content at a 35-95% clip. Not only is this good for the environment and save energy – but in the long run, when a metal roof finally outlives its own usefulness, the roof itself will be readily recyclable.

Peace of mind

Most metal roofs rely on things like failure-prone sealants and chemicals in order to function at a high level – especially in places like flashings, dead valleys and transitions. With metal roofing, you won’t have to worry about these issues as they’re far less prone to gaps, breaks and the like.

Beauty and aesthetics

Not many people put metal roofs and ‘looking good’ in the same sentence, but especially as environmentally conscious design becomes more and more in vogue, people are rethinking how they see metal roofs as a component that’s essential to aesthetic beauty. In places like northern New England, the upper Midwest and the like – places where snow is a fact of day to day life and architecture – designers are now paying attention to things like how to maximize the attractiveness of metal roofs and finding ways to present them in spectacular new ways. Metal roofs used to just be a thing that was a mater of function. Now they’re a matter of form as well.

Identifying the pros and cons of a metal roof for your home really just comes down to weighing the totality of your options. If you’re looking for something that last longer and adds ultimate value to your home over a long, extended period of time, then a metal roof may be for you.

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Metal roof maintenance tips every homeowner should know

While there’s no doubt that the metal roof lasts longer than just about any other roof you can possibly use – they still do need to be looked after now and then. After all, no material is 100% failsafe or perfect. When it comes to maintaining a metal roof – many of the same rules apply to normal roofs – especially when it comes to simple around the house inspection.

Here are some tips every home owner should consider to make sure they get the most out of their roof.

Trees and brush are a no-no

Usually trees and brush only cause aesthetic issues like paint scraping or fading colors, but occasionally – if left unchecked – they can cause issues. With wind and a branch that’s heavy enough, it’s possible that your roof could be damaged well beyond simple surface damage. So make sure your branches are trimmed back and you don’t have any unnecessary growth near your roof.

Clear out debris

Rain and snow regularly wash away most debris on your metal roof – so in all likelihood, you’re already ahead of the game compared to most. But every now and then – especially with roofs that have deep valleys, you’ll need to clean them out from time to time. We recommend window-cleaning brushes with soft bristles. It don’t take much, but the last thing you want is water accumulating in that valley and then getting in under the roof. Water pressurizers can work, too – but so as to avoid any potential scuffing, we recommend the old brush.

Keep your gutters clean

Clean gutters help avoid a lot of problems, not just roof-related – so you should be doing this regularly anyway. But just like any roof – too much build up can damage a metal roof. It can cause corrosion and set you back a pretty penny if the water finds its way under the panels. So make sure they’re cleaned out every season.

Do not spray paint

Spray paint clouds all over metal roofs. It’d be horrible on your part to make that kind of an investment in your property and then have a painter casually spray paint and have it wear all over large portions of your roof. This is more aesthetic than structural, but a bad paint job or a haphazard one – can make it look awful. If you do hire a painter, have them use a brush or rollers.

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Why people are moving to metal roofs

While the rest of the economy has been flagging over the past decade or so, residential roofing – particularly metal roofing (and for our case metal roof fasteners) – has been experiencing a protracted boom period. In fact, metal roofs have quadrupled their market share in the past decade alone.

The reasons for that are numerous, but to break it down quick and easy, here’s the most common answers:

  • They can perform for over 50 years
  • Can come in a wide range of styles so they don’t stick out like a sore thumb like they used to years ago
  • Incredible resistance to deterioration and damage
  • Completely fire-safe
  • Greater energy efficiency
  • They actually weigh less – which puts less structural stress on the rest of the house

The big determining factor for most customers though – is the cost savings; not just in terms of the sticker price, but with regards to their insurance as well.

While the up front cost of a metal roof is more than your prototypical asphalt roof –you’re looking at essentially a one-time cost. Because once you buy a metal roof, the chances are you won’t ever (yes –ever) have to purchase another roof. When you look at the cost over 30-50 years, it’s actually less to install the metal roof. Even better – they come with 50-year warranties – so if something DOES go wrong – you’re covered.

The other big benefit is the insurance savings. Now with a less risky roof, you have a less risky house. In some cases, some insurance companies offer discounts as high as 35% to homeowners who have metal roofs. When you think of the totality of that over the long run, that’s enormous cost savings.

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