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Category: Metal Roofing 101 Series

#25 – Different Types of Coatings on Metal Roofing

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Whereas high end natural metals like zinc and copper do not need any coatings, there are four basic coating options available for steel and aluminum roofs. Three of those four are paint finishes which I will review here in a bit. The other type is a stone coating. Stone coatings incorporate granules similar to those […]


#24 – Using Foam Inserts with Metal Roofing

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Metal shingle roofing offers unique beauty by providing depth and detail that is unmatched by other types of metal roofing. The formation of the products creates an air gap between the metal and the roof deck on a structure. That air gap is very beneficial as it becomes a thermal break to stop conductive heat […]


#23 – Ice and Snow on Metal Roofing

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I have written extensively on the subject of ice, snow, and metal roofs. To find that information, just Google for Ice dams, metal roofing, and Todd Miller. However, I want to share that I feel that the potential benefits of metal roofing in terms of helping roofs resist ice dams are often over sold. What […]


#22 – Roofing Warranties

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Roofing warranties can be kind of a funny thing. With most products we buy as consumers, we fully expect the product to outlast the warranty. Think about the three year warranty on your car or the 90 day warranty on your television. You’d be aghast if someone told you that the product wouldn’t outlast the […]


#21 – How to Clean a Metal Roof

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Painted metal roofs, especially those with the industry leading PVDF finishes which are sold under the Kynar and Hylar trade names, are very resistant to streaking and staining from atmospheric fungus and subsequent biological growth. However, some climates will eventually cause mildew or other things to grow on just about any surface, even glass. Additionally, […]


#20 – Solar Panel Installation on Metal Roofing

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Metal roofs provide a great base for the installation of photovoltaic solar panels. Fact is, the solar panels may last longer than a shorter life roofing system will. You do not want to have to someday remove the solar panels so that you can install a new roof. If you buy a metal roof and […]


#19 – Types of Metal Roofing

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There are many types of metal roofs available today. While we are happy to help you in your research, let me try to break things down as simply as possible. First, there are painted metal roofs and unpainted. The unpainted ones are natural metals such as copper and zinc. Steel and aluminum roofs though will […]


#18 – Mansard Style Roofing

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If your home has a mansard style roof, then you have a very unique opportunity. Mansard roofs make up a great deal of a home’s visible exterior. The product installed on these roofs can either add curb appeal or detract from a home’s beauty. Additionally, mansard roofs have a great deal to do with the […]


#17 – Flared Gables

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Every once in awhile, we run into buildings that have flared gables. You can recognize these situations because the ridge or peak of the roof is wider than the base of the roof. These are also often called flying gables. These gables must be handled very carefully with metal roofs. Any debris which ends up […]


#16 – Snow Guards

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We often get asked about the use of snow guards or snow fences on roofs. Fact is, if the sun comes out and there is a layer of snow on a metal roof, that snow will likely slide quickly at some point. Radiant heat from the sun passes through the snow load and strikes the […]