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Benefits of Metal Roofing

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Many homeowners are unaware of the different types of materials used to construct the roofs of their homes. One of the fastest growing segments of home improvement is residential metal roofing. A typical homeowner is always looking to make a savvy purchase on products with lasting value for their homes. Metal roofing provides plenty of benefits when being installed on a home. Other roofing materials tend to diminish quickly, leaving the homeowner to spend more money on a new roof. The roofing experts over at 1st Coast Metal Roofing Supply have compiled a list of benefits that homeowners can take advantage of when installing metal roofs.

 

Proven Performance 

Metal roofs are of the highest-grade quality in the roofing industry. This roofing material is given an expected 50+ years of great performance, if maintained properly. Other features that highlight metal roofing performance is the fact that they are fire resistant as well as energy efficient which will help keep homes cooler. This roof type is low in weight to help preserve its structure and life cycle.

 

Energy Efficient 

Compared to say, an asphalt roof, a metal roof is much more energy efficient. This factor ensures that homeowners will be able to decrease their energy costs significantly, especially if they are living in a hot climate like Florida. Metal roofs are also your air conditioner’s best friend. Roofs that reflect heat rather than absorb it will keep your air conditioner unit from working so hard. In some areas, metal roofs can increase your homes resale value and even help save on homeowner’s insurance.

 

Low Cost Maintenance  

Although metal roofing is known as the longest lasting roofing material you can buy under normal conditions, it still requires minimal maintenance. Low maintenance is one of the best selling points of a quality roof system. First, you are going to want to make sure there are little to no trees or bushes rubbing against your metal roof. The constant abrasion from tree limbs or bushes moving has the potential to damage the finish of the roof. Also, to minimize the amount of debris on your metal roof, simply give your roof a rub down with an extendable window cleaning brush with soft bristles.

 

Metal roofing is the top choice from industry leaders and experts. Determining what improvements that need to be done to your home can be a difficult task. Stationed in northern Florida, 1st Coast Metal Roofing Supply is here to relieve you of all your roofing worries. For more information on why metal roofing should be the right choice for your home, get in touch with a roof-materials expert today at 1-844-241-8468!

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Guide to Choosing the Right Metal Roofing Color

Metal roofing is becoming increasingly popular in both residential and commercial sectors. People like them due to their sustainable construction, durability, and easy maintenance. Best of all, they come in a wide variety of colors to choose from, so it’s easy to add a little personality to your home or business. When choosing the color of your new roof, keep the following tips in mind.

 

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Design

The architectural style of the building to be roofed should be kept in mind. A victorian style building can look great with a metal roof, but the color should be in line with the style. If your home is very modern, you can be a little more adventurous with color

Energy Conservation

If your goal is to lower your energy bill, it can be accomplished by installing a metal roof that is light in color. Think gray, white, ivory, tan, etc. Remember: darker colors absorb heat while lighter ones reflect it.

Surrounding Area

Many neighborhoods restrict what colors residents may paint their homes. There may be a theme in your neighborhood that limits the amount of colors you may choose from, but luckily there is a full spectrum of roofing color options. Even if your neighborhood doesn’t have any restrictions, it might be a good idea to color coordinate with your neighbors so as not to stick out like a sore thumb.

 

If you’re having a difficult time choosing a color for your roof, 1st coast has a handy visualizer that allows you to see what your roof will look like before you confirm your choice.  We offer many colors and styles of metal roofs, and would love to collaborate with you! If you’re looking for metal roofing in St. Augustine, Florida and the surrounding areas, including Georgia and the Caribbean, give us a call!

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5 Signs your Roof is in Need of Repair

Homeowners often overlook the task of maintaining their roof despite it being one of the most integral parts of home maintenance. Ignoring signs that repairs are needed or simply not checking up on your roof every once in a while could lead to unnecessary expenses. Some roofing options, like metal roofing, can last a long time without necessary repairs, while others are less durable. Let’s go over some signs that your roof could be in need of repair.

 

Age

The age of your roof is one factor homeowners should always keep in mind. Older roofs will have gone through a bit more wear and tear, so they are more likely to be in need of repairs. Replacing the entire roof is something that should be considered based on roofing material. With proper maintenance, the general guidelines for roof replacement are:

 

  •                Asphalt Shingles: Last up to 30 years
  •                Wood/Shake Shingles: Last up to 30 Years
  •                Clay Tiles:  Last up to 50 years
  •                Metal Roofing: Can last 50-75 years

 

 

Shingle Quality

If shingles are missing or seem to be deteriorating, that is a definite sign of needed repair. If your roof seems to be discolored in areas, the granules of the shingles are most likely wearing away.

 

Gutters

Periodic checking of your roof’s gutters can give a good indication of the quality of your roof. If your gutters have broken pieces of shingle granules, it may be time for a roof inspection.

 

Leaking

A leak is probably the most obvious sign that your roof should be looked at. No need to go into detail here.

 

A Spongy/Bouncy Feel

If when walking on your roof you notice a trampoline like bounce, it means that the deck of the roof is weakened by moisture.
Roof repair is clearly an important part of overall home maintenance. Investing in a high quality roofing material such as metal roofing can save you money in the long run.1st Coast Metal Roofing is the premier metal roofing company servicing St. Augustine, Jacksonville, Daytona, and the surrounding areas. Get in touch with us to explore your metal roofing options!

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Green Systems

A number of industry experts commented that green products and systems were here to stay and would become increasingly important in all market sectors.

“Architects, designers and homeowners continue to seek energy-saving building materials for renovations and new home construction,” said Bill Hippard of the MRA. “Homeowners are extremely interested in promoting environmental and economic sustainability in the greater community, and they’re searching for products that will provide long-term solutions for the increasing cost of energy bills.”

Advances in technology continue to make solar more promising. “The latest generation of photovoltaic panels look and act like ordinary roofing tiles or shingles,” Hippard said. “New technological advancements of thin-film solar roofing technology, allow homeowners to install a solar roofing system that doesn’t have to penetrate the roof. The panels literally peel and stick to the metal roofing system. Clean energy and sustainable building are the future.”

Bill Collins, president, William Wallace Collins, LLC, sees a change in attitudes about sustainability in contractor and consumer alike. “Solar systems and vegetative roofs with life cycle cost savings are now being sold as a standard product — not just a luxury item on the coasts where energy costs are high. Ground mount and rooftop residential solar will hit a tipping point by 2014 as the demand for distributed power is seen as essential for premier properties and as it becomes clear that regulatory hurdles, in heavily populated areas, will slow the much talked about hope for a rapid shift to fracked natural gas for many years.”

He points to other opportunities. “I see ‘low hanging fruit’ in quick payback LED lighting projects and in two hundred plus RoofPoint projects showcased by CEIR (Center for Environmental Innovation in Roofing) that demonstrate smart, durable, solar-ready roof projects.”

Brian Lambert of The Garland Company noted that the focus on energy efficiency continues to increase. “We continue to see a focus on cool roofs and energy efficiency with low slope commercial roofs. Owners are better educated today and understand the energy and environmental benefits of a properly designed cool roofing system. Industry wide, there is some pushback relative to optimum system design – relative to R-value and reflectivity based on specific geographic location. LEED has typically taken the one-size-fits-all mentality relative to cool roofs. As the market matures, designers are more focused on real practical solutions rather than policy driven solutions. Additionally, designers are now more interested in full disclosure and transparency of what raw materials are used in various products, where are they manufactured and requiring independent data to verify environment performance claims.”

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The Metal Market

Bill Hippard, president of the Metal Roofing Alliance, expects metal roofing to gain market share. “Residential metal roofing is a $13 billion industry,” he said. “Current statistics show that the U.S. has 75 million single-family homes. On average, about 7 percent re-roof each year. Over 5 million new roofs are installed each year. MRA research and audience segmentation studies demonstrate that 47 percent of all households are ready to consider metal roofing. We can map the densities of metal-friendly households to hyper-target media and drive growth where it must come: in suburban applications.”

“Our data shows there are enough people similar to existing metal roofing buyers to support 20 percent market share,” he noted. “In short, we don’t need to develop an entirely new target; we just need to get our fair share of the homeowners already in the market. Keeping all of this in mind, I think the residential metal roofing market is poised to do very well in 2013.”

Todd Miller, president of Isaiah Industries, Inc., and chair of the Metal Construction Association (MCA), agreed. “There is a definite trend toward metal. Increasingly, property owners are realizing that their steep slope roofs incorporate a great deal of visual ‘real estate’ when it comes to their structure’s beauty. For that reason, they are investigating a wider variety of looks and products before making decisions. They are also taking a greater look into the energy efficiency of roofing systems.”

“I believe that we will continue to see advances made in the aesthetics of metal roofing, with more textured and multi-hued finishes becoming available,” he continued. “We will also see advances made toward even greater energy efficiency from metal roofing systems.”

Ray Smith, managing director, AppliCad USA Inc., pointed to metal retrofits as a market with a lot of potential. “Instead of building flat roofs, maybe jack up one end and stick a metal roof on it,” he advised. “The benefits are well documented. Flat-to-pitched conversions are a growing sector and metal roofing makes this easy and cost effective,” he said, noting that approximately 95 percent of all commercial buildings in Australia and New Zealand have a low-slope metal roof. “Perhaps it would be a good question to ask why,” he said.

Andy Kireta Jr., vice president of the Copper Development Association (CDA), pointed to the advantages of roofing with copper. “Copper continues to be a popular roofing material with builders, contractors and property owners because it offers a character and durability that no other metal roof can match,” he said. “As we’ve seen for many centuries, copper’s beauty and appearance can complement any style of building, from the traditional to the modern. In recent years, new tools and installation methods have been introduced that aid in the quick and proper installation of copper roofs offering a long-term, economical solution. Its low life cycle costs are attributable to the low maintenance, long life and salvage value of copper.”

He noted the ductility and malleability of copper make it an easy material to form over irregular roof structures. “What also makes copper attractive is that it doesn’t require painting or finishing, unlike many other metal roofing materials,” he said. “It can achieve an elegant green patina finish through its natural weathering process or through a number of methods that can delay or accelerate the aged appearance.

Ray Rosewall, president and CEO of DaVinci Roofscapes, also forecasts further market penetration for synthetic slate and shake shingles. “At DaVinci Roofscapes, we expect to continue to grow our revenue and market share in 2013 by double digits,” he said. “More and more of our customers are opting to create a personal color blend for their projects, which we deliver at no additional cost. Savvy roofing contractors have used this as a differentiator and separate themselves in the market.”

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How to properly ventilate your attic

commercial-menu-featureMost of us think of our attics as simply a place to store unused belongings. But there are important things to consider about this space when it comes to ventilation, because it can (and will) affect the durability of your roof.

A well-ventilated attic keeps the house cooler in the summer months and prevents moist air build-up in the winter. In your attic, air enters through the intake vents (toward the bottom of the space) and flows out through the exhaust vents (at the top of the roof). Most people don’t know this, but your actual living space is insulated at the attic floor. This means that a properly ventilated attic won’t push down cold or hot air into your home. It’s just doing its job of keeping your roof healthy.

Why is proper ventilation so important? Let’s consider your home in the winter months. The air that flows upward is warm and moist, and if it lingers in the attic area, it will condense on the underside of the roof sheathing and cause rotting. In the summertime, good ventilation will lead to lower utility bills because the hot air will move out of the attic and remove moisture. And if you have shingles, ventilation will help them last longer.

There are several different types of vents available for your roof. The most common include:

  • Whirlybird vent: Also called “turbine vents,” these semi-mechanical units are used to help remove heat from the cavity of the ceiling.
  • Static vent: These individual vents are installed near the ridge of your roof.
  • Ridge vent: This type of nonpowered ventilator that isn’t very noticeable, because it tends to blend in with the rest of the roof. It provides uniform cooling along the deck of the roof. from end to end. Ridge vents are especially beneficial on certain types of roofs, such as those with cathedral ceilings. They are less effective on hip roofs.
  • Gable vent: This is normally the triangular-shaped space on your attic wall at the point where your rooftop meets. It can also be square, octagon or round.
  • Soffit vent: Located under the eave of the roof — making it an intake — this type of vent should never be covered up with insulation, because it can no longer help maintain airflow in those circumstances.

Each one of these types of vents is designed to handle air flow in its own way. For this reason, combining different types of exhaust vents is never a good idea, because it will decrease the efficiency of the ventilation, which leads to higher utility bills. If, for example, you have a whirlybird vent (which draws air out) as well as a static vent (which relies on the intake to force the air out), your system can short-circuit and cause unwanted moisture to develop.

Then there’s the issue of over-ventilating. Sometimes, roofers will miscalculate the number of vents required, or they will add more vents upon request by the homeowner. This could lead to issues with airflow in your attic. It’s also very important to keep your ventilation system balanced. Never allow the amount of exhaust ventilation (the kind at the top) exceed the amount of intake ventilation.

If you’d like to know more about how to properly ventilate your attic, 1st Coast Metal Roofing Supply is here to answer all of your questions. Call us at 386-227-5011 today!

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Everything You Need to Know About Kynar

steep slope metal roofFor more than four decades, Kynar 500 finishes have helped protect many commercial and residential buildings. Kynar is a special grade of PVDF resin that is used to coat aluminum, galvanized steel and aluminized steel.

Metal, in order to retain color, has to be coated with a finish of some type. This not only keeps up its appearance but also resists pitting, chalking, chipping and premature aging. These systems generally start with a primer coat, followed by a topcoat.

If the coating is made of 70 percent Kynar resin, it can use the Kynar 500 trade name. This ensures that the product you’re receiving is of the highest quality possible. The finishes normally come with a 30-year fade warranty up to five Delta E units — which is the smallest recognizable color shift that can be seen by the naked eye.

Because of this high fade resistance and its unique metallic finish colors, Kynar is a popular choice these days with many business owners. Still, it’s not exactly the most economical route to take; Kynar is more expensive than many other coatings.

All coatings, whether they come in liquid or powder form, contain a resin that defends against weathering. Kynar 500-based coating is called polyvinylidene flouride, but you can also find coating resins made of acrylic, polyester, silicone polyester and urethane.

If you’re interested in more information about Kynar paint systems, 1st Coast Metal Roofing Supply is here to help! Contact us today with any questions you may have.

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Improper Materials and the Damage They Cause

Galvalume Metal RoofThe installation of a new metal roof can be a great investment to your home or business — but you should be aware of what materials to use throughout the process. If you’re not sure about the types that are compatible, you could end up with corrosion.

Galvanic corrosion can occur when steel and aluminum are in contact with each other. The least “noble” of the two metals — usually aluminum — will end up corroding. This is the anode surface. The other metal becomes the cathode and will be protected against corrosion. In addition, it’s not a good idea to have a large cathode surface in contact with a smaller anode surface.

You should also avoid using zinc screws in aluminum. Over time, the screws will cause corrosion in the metal. Why does this happen? The contacting metals create a bimetallic couple due to their different affinities for electrons. This leads to a current that flows between the two metals.

Then there is the issue of pressure-treated lumber in conjunction with metal roofing. The chemicals inside the lumber can be very corrosive when they come in contact with the metal. Although the coating on the back side of the metal will protect it somewhat, it won’t last forever. For this reason, it’s a good idea to use non-treated lumber or to include an underlayment between the lathe and the metal. In addition, be sure to ventilate the air chamber as well as the attic.

If you’d like to know more about the dangers of combining improper roofing materials, 1st Coast Metal Roofing Supply is here to answer any questions you may have. Contact us today!

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Why gauge numbers matter

standing seam metal roofWhat’s the difference between 26 gauge and 29 gauge steel? When it comes to durability, quite a bit.

The lower the gauge number, the greater the thickness of the sheet metal. This means that 29 gauge steel is thinner and generally cheaper. But 26 gauge is thicker than 29 gauge, which means that it will tolerate strong winds better, even when fastened to the same substrate. It will also stand up to larger hailstones.

The term “sheet metal” applies to many different types of alloy. Below are two very popular types of sheet metal:

  • Aluminum: These sheets are made from a mixture of aluminum and other metals, including copper, zinc and magnesium. The extra alloys strengthen the material, since aluminum is naturally soft — softer than its steel counterpart. Aluminum sheets are commonly used to construct the skins of planes, auto bodies, packaging and building facades, and it can withstand oceanic atmospheres. It can be recycled over and over, saving more than 90 percent of the energy that would be required to produce it otherwise. Aluminum with a gauge between .008 inches to less than .25 inches is considered sheet metal.
  • Steel: The majority of metal roofing systems today are made from recycled steel. Corrosion-resistant, steel is also light and durable. These zinc-coated steel sheets come in a wide variety of shapes and colors. Not only can steel be recycled at the end of its performance life, but its long-lasting properties mean that less overall waste goes into the landfills. Fun fact: More steel is recycled in the United States than paper, glass, aluminum and plastic combined.

If you’re interested in learning more about the different gauges and types of sheet metal, contact us today. B&B Roofing is here to answer any other questions you may have!

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How to properly cut metal panels

Mechanical Seam Metal RoofAs we all know, metal roofing can be one of the most durable systems available, lasting for decades. But you may not be aware of how crucial it is to properly cut the panels. This is a key part of high-quality metal roof installation.

Why is this such a big deal? If the galvanized zinc coating is damaged or scratched at all, the area will be prone to rusting. To prevent this, certain techniques must be used to cut them. The following steps are important to the process:

  • Before cutting the metal, place it on a perfectly flat work surface, with the underside facing up. Measure out the length that you’ll need to cut it, using a tape measure. Mark that spot with a permanent marker, place the combination square onto the mark where it needs to be cut and drag the combination square and permanent marker along the cut line.
  • Now it’s time to begin cutting. Remember that any blemishes on the surface of the metal will be vulnerable to rust, and this will cause the roof to be weaker than normal. To cut, use a power shear, nibblers or tin snips. Align the cutting blades with the cutting line that has been marked on the underside — but make sure it’s perfectly aligned. Even if it’s off by a tiny bit, it could cause a lot of damage to the panel.
  • The power shear or other type of cutting tool should be used slowly. This sounds simpler than it actually is, but with patience and a steady hand, you’ll get the hang of it.

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Some people choose to use a saw when cutting metal panels. If you do so, you need to make sure there are no burrs left on the ends of the panels, because these rough edges will rust. Also, the filings that fly off the blade during the cutting process are hot, and they will therefore stick to the surface of the panels. These filings must be removed or you will end up with rust and pitting on the surface.

At right is a picture of a metal panel that was improperly cut and wasn’t brushed off correctly. Notice the rust issues that have resulted.

If you’d like to know more about how to precisely cut your metal panels, contact our team of friendly professionals today. We’re always here to help you!

 

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