Roofing Materials Articles

#37 – Fasteners and Metal Roofing

May 3, 2017

When investigating a metal roof for your home, you’re likely to hear about exposed fasteners and concealed fasteners. The terms are self-explanatory, but which is better? Some metal roofs are designed so that all of the screw heads are exposed. They are visible and exposed to the weather. Other products are designed with concealed fastening… ( read more )

Is OSB Acceptable as Roof Decking for Metal Roofing?

April 3, 2017

Oriented Strand Board, commonly referred to as OSB, is a type of engineered lumber similar to particle board, formed by adding adhesives and then compressing layers of wood strands. OSB is widely used as roof decking material. A homeowner recently wrote and asked me the following regarding OSB roof decking: Q. We are checking into a metal roof and we have a question… ( read more )

Metal Roofing Plant Tour

October 23, 2010

Have you ever wondered how metal roofing is made? Check out this video of yours truly giving a tour of the Classic Metal Roofing Systems production facility in Piqua, Ohio. I hope this also shows how your next roof can be American-made and American-tough!

Impact on a Metal Roof

September 19, 2010

Q: My home is adjacent to two horse chestnut trees. In the fall I hear the nuts falling and rolling off my current dimensional shake roof to the 1st floor roof below. I am considering a standing seam metal roof but wonder if it will look like it endured several hailstorms after a couple of… ( read more )

Can A Metal Roof Contain A Fire?

December 15, 2009

Q: “…will a fire explode out of the sides of the house rather than through the roof when a metal roof is on a home?” A: Good question. Most asphalt and fiberglass shingles get a Class A fire rating. Metal while it is extremely fire resistant to small burning embers that may land on it,… ( read more )

Roof Color and Reflectivity

June 23, 2009

Q: I have a question – If I go with the dark green metal roof color what does it do to reflecting the sun – will it absorb and heat the house? Thanks A: Dark colors, regardless of the type of roofing, are more absorptive of heat, than are light colors. Absorbed heat ends up… ( read more )