Roofing Help Videos

#28 – Minimum Roof Pitch with Metal Roofing

March 31, 2017

Most residential metal roofs require at least a 3:12 roof pitch and have no maximum roof pitch. That means there is at least 3” of vertical rise to the roof slope for every 12” it goes back horizontally. That is a 14 degree angle. Mechanically seamed standing seam metal roofs, commonly used on large warehouses… ( read more )

#27 – The Energy Efficiency of Metal Roofing

If you’re thinking of a new roof for your home, it’s important to consider energy efficiency. Choosing a roof that will reduce your home’s energy costs is a huge ongoing benefit. Metal roofs offer energy efficiency in three ways and the important thing is that all of these ways are long lasting – they do… ( read more )

#26 – Lightning and Metal Roofs

When considering a metal roof for your home, please keep in mind that while metal conducts electricity, it does not draw or attract it. Lightning hits the highest object around, regardless of whether it is metal or some other material. The Metal Construction Association, on its website, metalconstruction.org, has a great technical bulletin that explains… ( read more )

#25 – Different Types of Coatings on Metal Roofing

February 28, 2017

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… ( read more )

#24 – Using Foam Inserts with Metal Roofing

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… ( read more )

#23 – Ice and Snow on Metal Roofing

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… ( read more )