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How To Choose The Right Paint System

It’s important to know all the facts when choosing the right paint system for your metal roof. There are three primary resins used for coating exterior metal products: Polyester, SMP, and Kynar. Polyesters offer a hard, scratch-resistant finish and a wide range of gloss, but are prone to chalking when exposed to UV. Polyesters have been greatly improved since their introduction in the 1960s, however, with higher molecular weights and longer polymeric chains that create stronger, more UV-resistant bonds. However, polyester remains an older paint system used mostly on utility grade panels and subject to noticeable fading in as little as 3 years. Another is PVDF (Polyvinylidene fluoride), popularly known by its original trade name, Kynar. It is a kind of fluoropolymer, a family that includes Teflon. PVDF resin has excellent chalk resistance and gloss retention, as well as stain and chemical resistance. It is softer than SMPs and polyesters, however, making it relatively easy to scratch during transport or installation and it is also more expensive than the more durable SMPs.

SMP (Modified Siliconized Polyester) creates a middle ground between PVDFs and polyesters. SMPs use polymerized silicone to improve polyester’s chalk performance and gloss retention. Most SMPs now contain 30 percent or less silicone. SMP paint systems offer an affordable choice in paint systems for Metal Roofing and are a vast improvement over the original polyester paint system of the late 90’s and before. SMP (Modified Siliconized Polyester) paint systems have improved in both stability of color and reduction of chalking. SMP paint systems remain tough and durable over many years of sun exposure. The new Valspar WeatherXL® paint system has taken these assets even further and in many instances, is the best choice over Kynar paint systems.

For many years, Kynar has been a benchmark to which paint systems were compared to for resisting chalking and fading on metal exposed to weather; the only major down fall is that Kynar, a form of epoxy paint which remains soft, is subject to damage and scratching easily, exposing the material underneath to the weather. For metal architecture, few elements are more detrimental and corrosive than sea salt and spray. Kynar has a resin that protects the structure’s exterior from harsh water and salt spray for those near the shore line. Although Kynar is still the best choice for some metallic and bright colors, distributors and manufacturers of Metal Roofing have been known to oversell the Kynar product when it may not be in the best interest of the consumer.

1st Coast Metal Roofing recommends Valspar WeatherXL® in most cases. It’s proprietary resin creates a hard-wearing, no maintenance finish that exhibits remarkable color and gloss retention, superior chalk resistance and resistance to stains, abrasions and metal marking. WeatherXL coatings are resistant to many elements found in the environment such as air pollution, acid rain, and general airborne dirt. This technologically advanced paint system has outstanding color consistency and is ideal for quality metal roofing at a great price.

If you’re interested in more information about the WeatherXL paint system or which paint system is best for your application, 1st Coast Metal Roofing Supply is here to help!

Contact us today @386-325-0242.

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Metal Roofing Industry Projections

Home improvement and replacement projects are on the rise and that means it’s a great time to be a contractor who offers metal roofing services. Shares in the industry will continue to gain value. Metrostudy is a provider of market information to the housing and residential construction industry. On February 15th, 2017, they released data showing that the Residential Remodeling Index will rise another 4.4% nationwide this year, 3.1% next year, and 2.7% in 2019. Also, this index is now the highest it has ever been. This index was created using economic factors related directly to undertaking home improvement and replacement projects worth at least $1,000. Remodeling had peaked in 2006 before the Great Recession, but conditions have improved once again and are 6.1% better than their previous peak. The market has been improving constantly for the past 4 years. The chief economist of Metrostudy stated that, “The remodeling industry in the United States will continue to be fueled by an economy approaching full employment, growing paychecks, and continued gains in home equity over the next few years.”

Furthermore, mortgage rates are forecasted to be increasing through the next few years. When higher rates slow home sales and price appreciation, a vast number of households will be keeping their homes they purchased with lower rates and will choose to remodel or renovate. So, there is a positive outcome. One problem that may affect the future of the remodeling market is a shortage of construction workers, which leads to higher job costs. The market is in a great position now, which may help to absorb the losses in profit from this shortage if it increases. Many positive changes are coming to the American steel and roofing industries as result of President Trump’s policies and we, at 1st Coast Metals, will stay informed and provide you with the information you need.

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The Pros and Cons of Kynar®

When conducting any type of home maintenance, you want to get it right the first time.  Doing the proper research into what products you should use for a given project before you start it will end up saving you time and money in the long run.  When roofing your home, you have a few big decisions to make, one of them being the paint.  Picking a paint color for your roof is exciting, but don’t just stop at the superficial qualities.  Knowing what type of paint is going to give you benefits beyond its aesthetic is important for getting the most for your money in roofing.  Kynar®, also known as Hynar®, resin-based paint is one of the several on the market for paint for metal roofing sheets.  Know what you buy before you buy it, and read this quick evaluation of Kynar® paint.

What is it?

Kynar® is a fluoropolymer, or polyvinyl di-fluoride (PVDF), and it was first explored by Dupont around 1948.  Within 15 years, PVDF resin was being developed and manufactured, and by 1965, it was being sold under the commercial name Kynar® or Kynar 500® by Pennsalt Chemicals.  However, after Pennsalt was purchased by a different company, Ausimont USA Inc. bought the production rights to Kynar® and marketed it under the name Hynar 5000® to compete. 

Kynar® is now produced by ATOFINA Chemicals Inc. and is considered to be a state-of-the-art paint coating to apply to your metal roof. 

Why does it work?

Kynar® is made up of mostly carbon/fluoride bonds, one of the strongest known chemical bonds.  This is similar in structure to Teflon™, the non-stick protective covering used for pots and pans. 


If you think about Teflon™ as a non-stick coating for your kitchen tools, then you can think of Kynar® like a non-stick coating for your roof.  This means that environmental pollutants can easily be washed away in the rain.  Because a gentle rain can successfully clean your roof with the help of Kynar®, the frequency with which you must manually clean your metal roofing sheets is reduced.  Kynar® is also hailed for its ability to retain color, most notably with very dark colors. Lighter colors are fairly fade resistant no matter the paint.


Kynar® is an Investment grade metal roofing options, due to higher price point. Though Kynar® may seem expensive at first, the amount of money that it will end up saving you in paint jobs, cleanings, and replacement is well worth it. 

Due to its non-stick nature, attempting to adhere anything to your metal roofing sheets will end up in frustration.  Adhesives are just as bad at staying on Kynar® as any other material, rendering them useless. Kynar® is a softer paint, which has the potential to scratch easier.

Call a customer service representative at 1st Coast Metal Roofing Supply to help you with your metal roofing options.


Corrugated Roofing Sheets: What You Need to Know

Metal roofing is a fantastic investment for your home, and choosing the right metal roofing supplier is an extremely important decision, but what about the type of metal that is being used? “Metal” roofing supply can mean a very wide range of things, and knowing exactly what you’re getting for your money is the only smart way to shop. Different types of metal have varying degrees of toughness and differing strengths. Today, we want to talk a little bit about the benefits of corrugated roofing sheets, or roofing sheets made from corrugated galvanized iron.

Original Manufacture

Corrugated galvanized iron was originally manufactured in the 1820s by a man named Henry Robinson Palmer. It was originally produced using wrought iron, and was praised for its corrosion-resistant nature and its strength.


Corrugated galvanized iron is made up of sheets of hot-dip galvanized mild steel, which is then cold-rolled to produce the pattern that we are familiar with. By the pattern we are familiar with, we are referring to the wavy, yet linear ebb and flow of corrugated roofing sheets. The pattern of the corrugated sheets serves to increase the bending strength of the sheet perpendicular to the corrugations.


Corrugated roofing sheets are very lightweight, meaning that they are easily transportable and easily placed. This makes them very easy to work with.

Corrosion Resistance

The last thing you want is for your roof to give out on you. Shelter is one of our basic needs as animals, and if you can’t trust your roof to keep you safe from the elements, then what purpose is it really serving? Corrugated galvanized iron is very corrosion resistant, meaning that come heck or high water, your roof should still be intact.


In quality controlling your corrugated roofing sheets, it is very important to make sure that the pitch and depth of your corrugations are equal. By pitch and depth, we mean how far apart the corrugations are and how deep they go. Corrugated roofing sheets that aren’t uniform have a difficult time fitting together currently, causing unsightly and unsafe gaps in your roofing structure.

Corrugated roofing sheets are very popular in the Caribbean and Australia, as they are practical and allow for creativity. They’re strong, a great value, and well worth the money. Consider corrugated roofing sheets not just for your home, but for your shed or water tank. Be creative, and let us help you!


Unique Advantages of a Metal Roof

The advantages of having a metal roof are numerous, but it seems that not everyone has gotten the memo.  A lot of people are hesitant to get metal roofs because they haven’t necessarily seen many other people with them, but just because the trend hasn’t started yet doesn’t mean it won’t.  We think that the benefits to metal roofing are clear, and we’re here to tell you why.


Redoing your roof is a big project, and not one that you want to undertake often.  That is why choosing a roof with the longest possible lifespan is a great move when deciding what roofing is right for your home.  A metal roof should, and probably will, last for the entire time that you live in your home.  There is no reason that your roof should need to be replaced before your house does, but the sad reality is that a lot of people are replacing their roofs much more often than they would need to if they had only invested in metal.  Metal is very weather resistant and insulating, while also being fire resistant, and typically come with an amazing twenty to fifty year warranty.

Easy Installation

Like we said before, installing a roof is no easy task.  Not only should you hire professionals to take care of it for you because they’re good at it, but because it may take you a long time to complete on your own.  For faster roof installation, metal is the way to go.  Roofs with individually laid wooden shingles and other smaller materials have to be meticulously crafted, which wastes a lot of time.  Metal roofing, on the other hand, typically comes in sheets that can be placed quickly and easily.  They cover a much larger area than smaller materials, making it the speedier option.  Another reason why metal is so much easier to install is that it is lightweight.  We may think of metal as heavy and cumbersome, but in the case of roofing and having to lift materials high in the air, you’ll notice that it’s actually much lighter than wood, cement, brick, or other possible roofing materials.

Metal roofing is the most resilient roofing option on the market.  Your home should feel safe and secure, able to withstand whatever weather or disaster may come its way.  Metal roofing’s fire resistance, weather resistance, and ability to deflect the sun’s intense rays make it an easy choice for your home.


How Your Home Climate Affects Your Roofing Choice

You can change your roofing, but you can’t change the weather.  No matter where you live, you and your home are affected by climate.  A region’s climate is determined by many factors, the most important of which are its typical temperature, dryness, and weather. 

Let’s take Tampa, Florida as an example.  Tampa enjoys a humid subtropical climate with an average temperature of 73.35° F and an average humidity of 74%.  That intense humidity has the potential to aid in the growth of unwanted plants on your roof.  However, metal roofing resists the growth of unwanted plants like algae, and other tropical weather weeds, keeping your home looking well-maintained and attractive. Whereas other options such as asphalt roofing need to be treated to protect against algae, metal roofing does it naturally.

Moisture in the air in a tropical climate also lends itself to a familiar yet unwanted plague: rust.   It may seem counter-intuitive to decide on a metal roof when concerned with the possibility of rust, but there are metal options that are both rust-resistant and waterproof.  These features, coupled with metal’s natural ability to prevent anything you don’t want from growing on your home, make it a great roofing choice for a tropical, warm, or humid climate. 

Now let’s take a trip up to the coldest state in the continental U.S.: North Dakota.  The capital, Bismarck, only experiences an average annual temperature of 42.8°F and has to withstand 50 inches of average annual snowfall.  This may sound a little different from balmy Tampa, but metal roofing is just as suited to North Dakota’s freezing cold as Florida’s burning hot.  Colder climates mean harsher winters, and harsher winters mean harsher weather.  In terms of longevity, a metal roof is the best option bar none.  Traditional asphalt roofing has a lifespan of only about 12 to 20 years, meaning you may have to replace your roof several times in the course of only a few decades, a chance that only increases as the weather gets worse.  Metal roofing is widely agreed upon as being the most durable and long-lasting roofing choice, with a life expectancy of 40-70 years, depending on the exact material. 

Metal roofing is suitable for all climates, however some regions, like those with colder and tropical climates, may not only find metal roofing preferable, but necessary.


A Rainbow of Options: Fun Color Schemes for the Outside of Your Home

Everyone likes to switch things up once in a while, especially when it comes to your home, but large home improvement projects can seem daunting, and by the time you finish them, that itch that you were trying to scratch is probably long gone.  Switching around the furniture in your living room every once in a while might feel like a change, but it won’t satisfy you for long.  Changes in interior design are common, but what about exterior design?  Instead of repainting your bedroom, why not change the color of your home?  Painting a home is an extremely large undertaking, and when you paint your home the only thing you’re changing about it is the color.  Metal roofing and metal siding on your home comes in an insane variety of colors and you’re getting all of the benefits of a metal-roofed-and-sided home.

If you visit the “Visualizer” tab on our website, you’ll see that you can mix and match various colors of roofing and siding to see what might look best on your home.  This invaluable tool can prevent you from making some big mistakes when it comes to the color of your house.  Maybe you want something classy and respectable, but not necessarily average or boring, or maybe fitting the mold is exactly what you’re looking to do.  Regardless of your desires, seeing how these colors look on a real home can help you make this important decision. 

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery: take a look at other homes in real life before you decide on what color to make yours.  There’s nothing wrong with seeing something you like and going with it.  Additionally, there’s nothing wrong with seeking the help of professionals.  Who has seen more homes with metal roofing and siding than the people who provide it?  1st Coast Metal Roofing Supply is more than happy to give you suggestions of what colors to make your home, but keep in mind that at the end of the day it’s ultimately up to you to decide.  If you want something classic and simple, our Polar White is clean and light, making it a great match for a bold trim like Evergreen or Rustic Red.  If you’re looking for something more striking, consider reversing the previous suggestion and making Polar White the trim.  A big change to the outside of your home will be sure to draw attention, and if you do it right with 1st Coast Metal Roofing Supply, that attention will be very positive.


Benefits Of Metal Roofing For Those That Are Downsizing

There are a lot of people that are building smaller homes. There can be many reasons for this. One factor is of course upkeep costs and energy efficiency. If you are considering building a smaller home, then you need to consider the advantages metal roofing can have for you.


Metal Is Light And Strong

Some smaller homes are prebuilt and delivered or come in kits that have to travel a long way to get to you. Commercial metal roofing is lightweight and strong which reduces shipping costs and the amount of labor involved in putting your roof on.

Stands Up To High Winds

Just because you are building a small home doesn’t mean that all the major factors relevant to a larger home don’t need to be considered. When properly installed, metal roofing can resist winds that would cause a lot of damage to a traditional shingle roof. This can be a major benefit if you are in a high wind area.


Metal roofing has an unjustified reputation for costing more. When you compare the long-term costs and benefits, it is far more economical to get a metal roof initially. Whereas many traditional shingle roofs last for 30 years, a metal roof will last 2-3 times longer. If metal roofs are repainted occasionally over the years, they can continue for even longer.

Choice Of Color

Why not try a fun color for your new home? Metal roofing comes in a rainbow of colors and styles so you can let your creative side out. Green is a favorite color for small cabins whereas a beach house might look good with a teal blue roof. If you want a wild look, you can even use multiple colors of metal shingles or choose a unique patina.


What to Ask Your Commercial Roofer

A commercial roofer has vast experience in the roofing industry. He understands every aspect of roofing, from the types of materials available, to the best options for keeping the energy bill low. A roofer does not always provide full details about a project to the client unless that customer makes sure to ask. There are multiple questions each business owner should ask their commercial roofer before the project begins.

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What is the Price Estimate?

Roofers should disclose a price estimate to their customers before starting any roofing work. If the professional failed to discuss a rate, the owner should take it upon themselves to ask. A predetermined rate allows businesses to decide whether or not they can afford the project costs and how much it will set them back in their budget.

Is There a Warranty?

Most roof installations come with a warranty. Any person getting a new roof should ask if a guarantee is, in fact, available. Each person will also want to know just how long the warranty lasts. Some are far longer than others. Warranties should include a variety of circumstances. The particular circumstances involved in each case also need detailing.

What Are the Expected Starting and Ending Dates?

A timeline is important to have. Asking the roofer for expected starting and ending dates provides the owner with a reasonable timeframe. Roofers should do their best to stick to this deadline if they want to receive positive feedback.

Are You Licensed?

Many states require a contractor to have a license. Working with a licensed roofing specialist is the best way to ensure the project is in good hands. Consumers may hold a business accountable if a non-licensed contractor works on their roof and something goes wrong. The best thing for everyone involved includes a licensed professional handling the job.

Which Materials are Needed?

Some may want to know which type of materials the project needs.. Knowing every material required helps businesses realize what kind of roof they are getting. If an owner receives a quote for an asphalt roof, and the roofer previously indicated using a different material, the pricing may be incorrect. It is ideal for business professionals to ask and verify what they are getting for their money.

It is important for business owners to ask appropriate questions to their commercial roofer before having a job completed. Warranty information, pricing, licensing, and which materials get used are all valuable bits of information for businesses to know.


What Exactly is Green Roofing?

If you are looking for a way to make creative use of space that you probably don’t think about much, green roofing might just be your answer. Green roofs are starting to appeal to regular homeowners, business owners, and even cities as a fantastic way to promote the environment while solving some of the issues that can arise with regular roofs.

First, a definition – a green roof is the top of a home or business that is either partially or fully covered with some type of vegetation and dirt, all layered over a waterproof membrane. It can also include roots and a drainage and irrigation system. Container gardens do not usually count as a true green roof.

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Why Would you Install a Green Roof?

Several reasons come to mind. They typically last longer than regular roofs, and they absorb rainwater and provide insulation for a building (thus reducing energy costs). They create a wildlife habitat, give you a peaceful place to relax and provide an aesthetically pleasing look.

Thanks to the fact that plants produce oxygen, they also improve air quality and help lower temperatures, especially in a city where they can reduce the heat effects of city and suburban developments. Green roofing can make your roof last more than 200 percent longer, and it can also add to the real estate value of your home.

The energy efficiency is worth noting again. Because the thermal qualities of a roof are improved with the plants, green roofing helps buildings to retain more heat during the cold winter months. It also reflects and absorbs solar radiation in the summer, which lets the building stay cooler than it normally would.

There are two main types of green roofs – intensive roofs, which have a minimum depth of 5 inches and can support a wide variety of plants, but which are thicker and heavier and need more maintenance. Extensive roofs are more shallow (from one to five inches) and lighter, and so need much less maintenance.

Some people also use the term green roof to refer to roofs that make use of some form of green technology, such as solar thermal collectors, photovoltaic panels or anything else that provides an alternative form of energy for your home.


To find out more about green roofing and how it can benefit you, call our friendly team at 1st Coast Metal Roofing Supply today!