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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.

metal roofing panel

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!



What to look for in a contractor

Galvalume Metal RoofHas the time come for a new roof on your home or business? You may assume that all contractors are created equal, but that’s simply not the case. Below are things to keep in mind as you go through the re-roofing process:

  • Beware of fly-by-night operations. After a storm, contractors will suddenly appear out of the blue to offer their services. The problem is that once the work is done, they vanish. So if any problems with the work should arise, there’s little chance for a remedy.
  • Pay for the work when it’s done, not beforehand. It’s fine to submit a deposit, but never pay for the full project until it’s completed to your satisfaction.
  • Don’t sign anything until you’re ready to hire the company. Also, be sure to get a copy of anything and everything you do sign.
  • A reputable contractor will provide you with a written description of all of the work that will be done, the quality of materials, the start and completion dates, and the estimated cost of the job.
  • Does the contractor have references to share with you? If so, this is a good sign. But follow through by contacting all of them — especially the ones that had similar work done to yours.
  • Make sure the contract includes the name, physical address and phone number of the company.
  • The contractor shouldn’t ask for cash; look for one that prefers a check or credit card.
  • The contractor should be able to show you his or her license from the state in which you’re located. Also, make sure the license is up to date.
  • Go with the company that has worker’s compensation for all of its employees. If you hire a company that doesn’t have this insurance, it could cost you dearly should something go wrong on your property.
  • Make sure the contractor also has liability insurance. This has nothing to do with injuries, but will protect your physical property if it’s damaged during the roofing process.
  • Ask the contractor if they’ll use ladder stabilizers or standoffs. This will protect your gutters from weight damage, which can result in a completely torn-up gutter system.
  • Do they bring a container for the materials that will be brought down? It needs to go somewhere, so a reputable contractor will have a place to put it.
  • Ask what happens during a rainstorm or other bad weather. You’ll want to go with a contractor who has thought ahead of time and is equipped with tarps or plastic covers.
  • Ask how the contractor plans to protect your landscaping. You may not be thinking of the ground when you’re having roofing work done, but the workers will be going to and from the roof consistently. Ask ahead of time what will happen if your flowerbeds or bushes are damaged in the process.
  • Finally, get the name and number of the person in charge. There should be someone on site who can answer any questions or concerns you have — and if there isn’t, call the company to rectify the situation immediately.

For more information about how to hire a roofing contractor, call our team today. We’re here to help!


White metal vs. white shingles: What you need to know

Radius Mechanical Seam Metal RoofMany people are appreciating the energy savings that come from having a white roof installed. The light color will reflect much more solar radiation than darker tones, and in some cases, it will re-emit the solar radiation that is absorbed initially. Which may bring up the question: Why can’t I just have my asphalt shingles painted white and reap the same benefits?

While it’s definitely true that white-painted shingles will save more energy than the traditional darker variety, there are other facts that you may want to consider regarding the differences between white metal and white shingles:

  • Longevity: Shingles will generally last about 15 years, while a metal roof will conservatively last 50 years. (Some have held up for more than a century.) A metal roof, therefore, is simply a better investment when it comes to your roof’s life span.
  • Quality of the coating: When a white coating is used on asphalt shingles, it will initially reflect the solar radiation by as much as 80 percent, according to studies. This means that just 20 percent of the sun’s energy is absorbed into the roof. But this success rate drops considerably after a few years, when the reflectance goes down to about 50 percent. Metal, on the other hand, never suffers from this issue — and with a highly reflective coating, it can re-emit up to 90 percent of solar radiation for the life of the roof.
  • Environmental impact: Most metal roofing is made of recycled material, and it can also be placed directly on top of an existing roof. This reduces what ends up in the landfills.
  • Temperature differences: When comparing the temperature of the roof over air temperature, a white metal roof will be about 25 to 36 degrees hotter. A premium white shingle will be 60 degrees hotter, while a generic white shingle will be 70 degrees above. These findings come from a study conducted by the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the Florida Solar Energy Center.
  • Resale value: A metal roof, simply put, is an appealing selling point. Not only will buyers know that the roof will last a long time, but the overall maintenance costs will be lower. And these days, it’s easy to choose a white metal roof that can be made to look like shingles, slate or other materials.

If you’d like to talk more about white metal roofing versus white shingles, call us at 386-227-5011. We’re here to answer any questions you may have!


The Importance of Weather Tight Installation

Galvalume Metal Roof

In order to receive the longevity and desired performance from your new metal roof, it is critical that you properly seal your new roofing system. Learn more here about the importance of a weather tight installation of your metal roof in Florida. This involves a variety of installation components including closures, screws and caulking.

There are many things to take into consideration when installing a metal roof, including what materials your metal roof will be in contact with. One of the wonderful product lines that we carry is produced by Fabral. They have provided the following standards for materials that come into contact with your metal roofing material:

When treated lumber will be in direct contact with metal panels or flashings please note the following: Galvanized steel is compatible with the CCA (Chromated Copper Arsenate) pressure-treated lumber that was predominantly used before 2004, but not with the older Penta treated lumber or the new ACQ (Alkaline Copper Quartenary), CA (Copper Azole), or CBA (Copper Boron Azole). Stainless steel or other special treated fasteners should be used into these non-compatible pressure treated lumbers. Aluminum must be separated from contact with all treated wood since the soluble copper in the preservative is corrosive to aluminum. Likewise, dissimilar metals also require a protective barrier between them to prevent galvanic corrosion.

You can read more from Fabral about installation instructions at the following link: Fabral’s Manual.


There are a variety of methods you can employ to ensure your metal panels are separated from treated wood and other dissimilar metals. The following can all be used to this end:

  • Plastic
  • Builder’s felt
  • Bituminous paint
  • Caulking
  • Gasket material

If you are installing aluminum panels that will be in contact directly with steel material, use any of the above separators. Then fasten the separator with stainless steel screws.

Avoiding Weather Penetration

By following the above listed manual’s instructions carefully, you can avoid penetration of your roof by the weather. This is critical to ensuring the longevity of your metal roof. If you do not install your metal roof weather tight, you will lose the wonderful benefits of your metal roof. In fact, all of the following will be hindered by poor installation methods:

  • Energy Efficiency
  • Lifespan
  • Protection for Your Interior

Feel free to call us today to learn more about the importance of weather tight installation of your metal roof in Florida. We look forward to assisting you with all your metal roofing needs!


How can homeowners profit from a metal roof?

classic style of metal roofing

Would you rather replace your roof every 10-20 years or every 50+ years? That’s an easy answer, right? Metal roofs are proven to last at least four times longer than asphalt systems, so you’ll save a lot of money simply by choosing metal from the start. Some people think of metal roofing as a “once in a lifetime” solution because of the longevity it provides.

But durability isn’t the only way you’ll reap profits from your metal roof. You’ll notice the difference in your energy bills from the start! Reflective metal roofing can save up to 40 percent in energy costs in the summer, depending on your geographical region.

One reason that metal is so profitable in the long run is due to its variety of finishes. Even the basic, unpainted roof will reflect solar radiation that is normally absorbed by an asphalt system, but if you live in a warmer climate, pre-painted or granular-coated systems will cool your home by reflecting solar energy and re-emitting most of the solar radiation that is absorbed. Believe it or not, a highly-reflective metal roof can re-emit up to 90 percent of absorbed solar radiation.

If you’d like to know more about how homeowners can profit from a metal roof, contact us for information and tips. Metal roofs can save you quite a bit of money!

More cost benefits of metal

White-painted metal roofing can save you up to 40 percent in annual utility costs, because it has the highest solar-reflectance value of any roofing product on the market. In addition, metal roofing is made up of recycled material and can be installed right on top of existing rooftops, which not only reduces landfill waste, but saves money and time on installation.

If your area experiences extreme weather, an impact-resistant or fire-resistant metal roof will save you money in the long run for that reason as well. These higher-class systems, which are made to endure heavy winds, forest or canyon fire, can result in discounts on your homeowner’s insurance. In some areas, installing high-quality metal systems such as these could result in discounts of 30 percent or more.

If that’s not enough, a metal roof can also have a very positive effect on a home’s resale value. Homes that have a metal roof have been reported to recoup as much as 95 percent of the cost during a sale.

If you’d like to learn more about how homeowners can profit from a metal roof, contact B&B Metals today! We’re happy to answer any questions you may have and get you started with a new, profitable roofing system.


The benefits of metal roofing for homeowners

Permatile PanelThese days, more and more homeowners are deciding that metal roofing is the smart, affordable and attractive choice for them. And why not? Metal has so many benefits, including the following:

  • It can take on the appearance of many other roofing styles. From asphalt to slate to wood shakes, metal is so versatile that it can resemble a wide variety of roofing systems.
  • It will last for at least a half-century — or more! Metal roofs have proven to be incredibly resilient and durable. While asphalt will need re-roofing every 10 to 20 years, a metal roof will not decompose.
  • The interlocking types of metal roofing are highly resistant to wind.
  • Metal is more fire-resistant than many other types of systems. 
  • A metal roof is energy-efficient and will keep your home cooler, thereby saving you money on utility bills.It’s estimated that you’ll save up to 40 percent on energy depending on the region you live in!
  • It’s lightweight. A metal roof won’t cause undue stress on your home because of its weight, so that’s a concern you never have to worry about.
  • It’s good for the environment. Metal roofs can be installed right over your old roof, which reduces the amount of waste that ends up in landfills. They are also 100 percent recyclable.

Many homeowners are really beginning to understand the benefits of metal roofing — in fact, it’s quadrupled in the homeowner market over the past decade.

If you’re interested in learning more about the benefits of metal roofing for homeowners, contact B&B Metals today! Metal is obviously a very popular choice these days, and we can help you choose just the right style that suits your house and budget.



Why switch from 29-gauge to 26-gauge trim

Structural Standing Seam House

Did you know? It is now a state law that 26 Gauge trim is required on a Residential Building. With recent law changes your product will not be considered a Florida Product Approved item unless it is the required 26-gauge.

Check out the Florida Product Approval Code for trim here: Trim Code.

But don’t let the law change be the only reason you choose 26-gauge trim. Check out all the wonderful benefits this now required product provides!

Benefits of Switching

Looking for greater durability for your next roofing project? Consider switching from 29-gauge to 26-gauge trim. Used on both Commercial and Residential Roofs, this type of trim will be thicker and more long-lasting.

The lower the number, the thicker the metal. How much thicker? In general, a 26-gauge piece of metal is about 25 percent thicker than a 29-gauge. For this reason, it’s better able to tolerate strong winds and hail.

Trim, as you know, is a vital part of any Metal Roofing Package; not only does it enhance its appearance, but trim also seals the joints in areas where the slope changes. At B&B Wholesale Metals, you can choose to have trim custom-manufactured from our state-of-the-art facility by our experts. They are engineered to strengthen, seal and protect your entire roof, so choosing 26-gauge trim is a very wise idea.

Types of trim include:

  • Ridge Cap: This is used when two roof surfaces meet at a peak.
  • Eave: This is installed at the lowest edge.
  • Valley trim: As the name implies, this type of trim is installed in places where two roof surfaces meet to form a valley.
  • Transition trim: This is required whenever a roof changes slope or direction. It prevents water from seeping under the roofing panels.

The success or failure of any type of metal roofing system can be traced back to the installation of the trim. When properly installed, the trim will protect the longevity of your roof by preventing any moisture from leaking in.

For more information about switching from 29- to 26-gauge trim in Florida, contact B&B Wholesale Metals today. We’re here to help you!


Why Metal Vs. Shingles?

Decra Tile

Are you contemplating upgrading your roofing system to metal? Then consider all the benefits that metal roofing offers when compared to traditional asphalt shingles. Metal roofing in Florida and across the nation is a wonderful choice for any home or business.

The following are all reasons to choose metal vs. shingles:

  • Variety in Styles: Traditional shingle roofing has only a small variety of styles to choose from. Metal roofing however comes in a vast array of colors and types. You can implement metal roofing that mimics the look of wood shake, slate, clay tiles and more! Traditional metal roofing styles are also highly sought after because of the wide array of color choices available. You can find a metal roofing product to fit any design need.
  • Longevity: While your neighbors continually have to re-roof and replace shingles, your metal roof will keep on lasting. Metal roofs require very little maintenance and they are able to hold up for years without any major repair needs.
  • Energy Efficiency: A lot of home and business owners are turning to metal roofs simply because of the incredible energy savings they can provide. Metal roofs naturally reflect the sun’s rays, decreasing your need for cooling during hot summer months. Many new metal roofs also employ reflective pigment technology which makes them even more energy efficient.
  • Environmentally Friendly: Metal roofs are generally made from 30-60% recycled materials! They also prevent waste. Shingles are responsible for a large amount of waste in landfills every year because they must be torn off and replaced frequently. Metal roofs, however, last for many years and keep waste out of our landfills.
  • Durability: Metal roofing is capable of withstanding harsher weather far better than shingles. Metal can hold up against high winds, heavy rains and even hail.

Want to learn more about why you should choose metal vs. shingles? Please don’t hesitate to contact our team for more information. We are a high quality, metal roofing distributor in Florida serving the entire nation.


Roofing Permits: What You Need To Know

1.25" Corrugated PanelAny contractor who has been in business for awhile knows the importance of the roofing-permit process. This is the way municipalities across the country enforce their building codes, which are created with safety in mind.

Most of the time, it will fall upon you as the contractor to obtain the permits (making you the contractor of record on the project), but occasionally the homeowner or business owner will take on the responsibility themselves.

Either way, the permit process is vitally important — in fact, it’s against the law not to obtain one. If you go through with a job without a proper permit, you will be fined at the very least. You may also have to tear down your work entirely.

A roofing permit will be a matter of public record, so future building owners will be able to check to make sure the process was carried out the way it was intended.

What’s the first step? Submitting your construction plans and your permit application to the municipality requiring it. The government will then review the plans and will get back to you, but it may take weeks. Once you have the actual permit, you’ll have six months to get started on the roofing project. Fees will vary, depending on how much work you’ll be doing to a roof.

And don’t forget the inspections; for a major project, it may be required to have numerous inspections along the way — and it’s up to the contractor to schedule these.

If you’d like to know more about roofing permits in Northern Florida and the general area, contact us today for answers!


OSHA Inspection Rules

OSHA logo The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was established in 1970 and was charged, by the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 to “assure safe and healthful working conditions for working men and women by setting and enforcing standards and by providing training, outreach, education and assistance.” OSHA achieves its goals by providing and implementing workplace guidelines intended to prevent injury to employees while completing their assigned job duties. The roofing industry is no different from any other, and employers are subject to OSHA regulations.

Several OSHA requirements for all employers include:

  • providing a workplace that is safe and free of hazards
  • provide safety training in a language and vocabulary that all employees can understand
  • display appropriate OSHA signage in the workplace
  • providing personal protective equipment to employees at no cost to employees
  • maintain records of work-related injuries and illnesses
  • no employer may discriminate or retaliate against employees for exercising their rights under the Act

OSHA provides specific recommendations for roofing contractors who regularly face dangers associated with falling off of a roof. A few of these measures include:

  • identifying any potential fall protection needs before beginning a roofing project
  • survey the roof for preexisting anchorage points (if none exist, install necessary precautions)
  • skylights should be buffered by a guard rail, or a protective cover may be utilized, but this cover must be able to support twice the weight that it is asked to bear
  • proper footwear is essential and is considered personal protective equipment
  • employees should remain vigilant for air hoses and other cords used for power tools
  • workers on roofs should be attached to a Personal Fall Arrest System (PFAS),
  • other fall preventive measures include rope grabs and horizontal lifelines

These fall protection methods may not be appropriate for all roofing job sites and employers are responsible for meeting OSHA inspection rules by providing a safe working environment. Consult the OSHA website or contact an OSHA inspector to learn more about OSHA inspection rules.