HISTORY OF METAL ROOFING
At Vertex, we know when someone decides to start down the path of learning about metal roofing, there are many directions they can go. Obviously, the internet is saturated with information. But, how does one discern what is the accurate and relevant information from an expert versus the vast amounts of incorrect, misleading misinformation that exists? The information below will help move you in the right direction.
For starters, let’s begin with the fact that metal roofing is nothing new. It has been around for a long time, a really long time. The earliest metal roofing was copper. There are records of its use all the way back to the 3rd century B.C. There are countless examples of copper roofs that have stood the test of time and lasted centuries. In fact, the oldest known copper-roofed church in the United States was installed in 1727, and the same roof still sits atop Christ Church in Philadelphia!
TEMPORARY METAL ROOF OPTIONS
While the earliest metal roofs were copper, many more options have evolved for people today when selecting metal roofs. So, let’s dive in and help you understand a bit more about what is on the market today. Metal roofing, as a whole, can be divided into two main categories: Permanent and Temporary. Temporary metal roofs typically come in two ways:
Permanent Metal Roof Options
We can split this category into three different groups: natural metals, painted metals, and stone coated metals. Each of these categories offers a wide range of styles, including traditional standing seam, metal shingles, or even roofs that look like tile!
NATURAL METAL ROOFS
Natural metal roofs today most commonly include metals such as copper and zinc. These roofs offer a natural beauty that evolves over time as the metals age or patina, which changes their appearance (think of the green Statue of Liberty, which is made of copper). They are much softer metals which makes them quite different to work with. They also must be paired with the correct fasteners to avoid a corrosive, galvanic reaction after installation. Along with their beauty comes a larger price tag as not only is the installation more involved, but the materials themselves cost more than other alternatives.
PAINTED METAL ROOFS
Painted metals are the most commonly used today. They can be steel (more common) or aluminum. They can be formed into standing seam panels, metal shingles, shakes or slate, or even exposed fastener profiles. Then, you also have different gauges (thicknesses) of the metals to choose from, and not all paint finishes in the industry are the same. Two finishes that look identical on day one can look very different in year ten! We use the top finishes in the industry, Kynar 500© or Hylar 5000©, to ensure your roof retains its beauty for many decades to come! And, if you think your finish options are only solid colors, think again! There are many finishes that can replicate the beauty of weathered natural metals and more!
stone coated steel
Lastly, we have stone coated steel. Originating in the United Kingdom during WWII and then making their way to New Zealand in the 1950s, these types of products have a finish consisting of stone granules.
They come in a variety of colors and profiles. This all results in a more traditional roof appearance. Whether you like the look of a shingle, shake, slate, or tile roof, there are stone coated profiles that can provide just that. In fact, chances are that you may have already seen a stone coated roof somewhere and not have even known it!
Always remember that each of the above options comes with a variety of additional trim components and ways to install them, with some being far superior to others. It is always important to know what product you’re getting, who is doing the work, and how it will be installed to avoid the pitfalls of inexperienced metal roofers working on your project.
Installing a Permanent Metal Roof
The installation process of a permanent metal roof focuses on creating a long-lasting and durable roofing system. The process begins with careful planning and measurement to determine the required materials. The existing roof is typically removed, and any necessary repairs or reinforcements to the underlying structure are addressed. A layer of underlayment is applied, followed by the installation of metal panels or shingles, ensuring the proper penetrations to prevent leaks. Ridge caps, sealants, and other finishing touches are applied
The Importance of Soffit, Fascia, and Wall Panels
Soffits, fascias, and wall panels play crucial roles in metal roofing systems, contributing to both the functionality and aesthetics of the overall installation.
Soffits are located underneath the eaves of a roof, bridging the gap between the exterior wall and the roofline. They serve multiple purposes, including providing ventilation to the attic space, preventing the buildup of moisture and heat, and enhancing the overall airflow in the roof system. Soffits also help protect the rafters and underlying structures from weather elements and pests. When properly installed, they promote a balanced and healthy roof environment by allowing fresh air to enter through the soffit vents and exit through ridge vents, preventing issues like condensation and mold growth.
Fascias are vertical boards or panels positioned at the edge of the roof, connecting the soffits to the roof’s outer edge. They serve as a finishing touch, creating a smooth transition between the roofline and the exterior walls. Fascias provide structural support for the lower edge of the roof, protecting it from wind uplift and preventing water from entering the building. They also act as a mounting surface for the gutters, enhancing the drainage system’s effectiveness and preventing water damage.
Wall panels, sometimes referred to as siding or cladding, are installed vertically or horizontally on the walls of a building. They serve as a protective layer, shielding the structure from the elements while adding visual appeal. Metal wall panels can be designed to match the metal roofing, creating a cohesive and attractive exterior. These panels provide additional insulation, increase energy efficiency, and contribute to the overall durability and weather resistance.
Why Choose a Metal Roof
Metal roofing offers a beautiful new curb appeal for your home from lightweight, 100% recyclable, earth-friendly, green products. And that’s just the start. The best fire rating possible, “Class A,” will give you some extra peace of mind. A level of durability that is the same in year twenty as it is in year one will provide great protection from things like hail and wind. Some insurance companies will even discount your homeowner’s insurance premium because you have a better-protected home. Energy savings that are unattainable with an asphalt roof are also possible due to the incredible energy efficiency of a metal roof. We have seen metal roof systems reduce our client’s cooling costs by as much as 40% in hot summer months! Perhaps, best of all, is the knowledge that you made a wise investment in a quality product, and 5, 10, or 15 years down the road, you won’t be re-budgeting for a new roof all over again.
Contact us today to schedule your free consultation and take the next step in designing your forever roof!