Category Archives: Roofing Tips

Celebrate Summer Like It’s 1959


July 14, 2019 | Filed under: Newsletter Articles

illustration of couple watching TV in 1959

You may remember the year 1959, or perhaps you’ve been influenced by some of what went on that year: Hawaii became a state, we were introduced to the first astronauts, Barbie™, and COBOL. It would be 4 years before we would learn to use a push-button telephone, 5 years before the Beatles came to America, and 10 years before Neal and Buzz would walk on the moon on a fateful July 21st, with 650 million viewers holding their breath in awe and exhaling in joy.

The world was a very different place then, yet much of what came to light and life that year has and continues to influence our culture, our lives, and our livelihoods.

Back in 1959, when they designed and developed the Rustic Shingle roofing system, Kaiser Aluminum was a household name. Purchased by our company, Classic Metal Roofing Systems, in 1980, we’re now celebrating the birthday of a mid-century modern roofing solution, with a style that’s endured for 60 years.

1959 cultural icons

Woody station wagons, starburst clocks, and record players all disappeared for a few decades, then came back into style as cultural icons. Rustic aluminum shingles hung around and are still cool, today; both in style and function.

A Mid Century Modern Roof Protects Your Home Today
Rustic Shingle continues to be the choice of consumers like you for its timeless beauty and sustainability;

  • low weight
  • fire safety
  • energy efficiency
  • wind resistance
  • resiliency
  • and more

C’mon. Let’s Party Like It’s 1959
Join us in celebrating summer with weekend BBQ’s, a game of badminton, and a look back to a time that shaped our lives today. Sit back, enjoy a cool beverage or huddle on the porch and watch the rain. Whatever you do to celebrate, we hope it will include a bit of relaxation. Enjoy the time.

At the core of our company is a deep commitment to real people. We’re a manufacturer who actually wants to talk with and engage with homeowners. Please don’t hesitate to contact us or give us a call at 800-543-8938.





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The Dangers of Trees Hanging over Your Roof


July
03
2019

The Dangers of Trees Hanging over Your Roof

Let’s face it. Trees provide well-deserved shade when you’re outside in Florida’s hot, baking sun but did you know that just one branch from a tree could cost you hundreds, or even thousands, of dollars in unnecessary roof repairs?

Obstructing Gutters – The purpose of gutters is to allow water to drain off your roof and away from your house. When gutters are clogged with leaves and other debris, the water accumulates and, as a result, that water is sent straight down your foundation where it can begin to stain and even rot your siding.
Unwelcomed Guests – Trees are home to many critters and a playhouse for others. Squirrels and raccoons are notorious for using trees as a source of food and shelter. A branch leaning over your roof will provide them with access to your home. Don’t be surprised if you find that a critter has taken up residence in your attic!
Shingle Damage – Branches can further scrape off the asphalt granules that most shingles are made of causing the shingles to have a shorter life span because of the excessive damage. This damage will also weaken the shingle and place you at risk for roof leaks and possibly losing your shingles during a storm.
Wet Roof – Shade is nice just not so nice for your roof. As a tree shades your home, it hinders the evaporation of any remaining moisture allowing it to soak into your roof causing decay, leaks, and increased energy bills.
Boom! – Did you hear something? Oh! It was a branch falling on your roof!

Overhanging branches will not live forever. Be especially vigilant to survey your property, especially after a storm, and remove any damaged or dead branches before they have the potential to fall and hurt your roof or worse, you!

Chase Roofing and Contracting, Inc., serves Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach Counties in South Florida as well as the Tampa Bay and Orlando area. Call us at 305-ROOFING or 813-275-9400 to schedule your roof inspection today.



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Roofer Tampa | Residential Roof Repair | Roofing


June
27
2019

debris on flat roof

It is summer, which means your roof is due for roof maintenance. It is like “Roof Spa Day”. Did you ever imagine that cleaning the roof gutters and the leaves off the roof will keep you from getting leaks? These items are often overlooked and are the root cause for leaks down the road. The best thing is, these leaks are preventable and I will tell you how.

The purpose of gutters is to manage the water on the roof. It is very important to get the right size gutter. There are calculations to determine the proper gutter size and proper location. There are also systems that use gutters to save water for environmental water conservation. It is all about managing the proper flow of water so that you can get in and out of the house, without getting wet. Directing the water properly will also keep your vegetation from getting damaged. One of the most important functions of the gutter is to keep the water from running down the walls of your house. This keeps water from getting in the house through your windows or through wall stucco.

Once the proper size gutters are in the best locations for your house needs, they must to be cleaned out. When leaves and debris fill the gutters, the water doesn’t run off the roof the proper way and the water backs up. This can often go unnoticed and leads to an overhang leak, which will cause a lot of roof damage to fix, often damaging fascia board and other areas on the roof.

Did you know that when you have trees over your house, the leaves gather on the roof and cause damage? It is imperative to do regularly scheduled maintenance so your roof is in tip-top shape and ready for rainy season. If you look at these pictures, you can see how the leaves can cause the water to back up and stay on the roof longer than it should. These leaves alone will cause roof damage and must be cleaned off regularly.

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Save the Environment and Your Wallet with Energy Efficiency


June 25, 2019 | Filed under: Buying a New Roof,Energy,Newsletter Articles,Research

Metal Roofing Energy Efficiency

Many homeowners choose metal roofs because they learn that these roofs can save the environment – and their wallets – through energy efficiency. That’s very true, but not all metal roof installations are the same in terms of energy efficiency. The level of energy efficiency achieved with metal roofing is dependent upon the knowledge of the roofing contractor.

Here are 4 things that many contractors do not fully understand about the energy efficiency of a metal roof:

  1. Proper attic ventilation is often a crucial part of making a roof system energy efficient.
  2. Even with reflective pigment coatings, lighter colored roofs are still more energy efficient than darker colored roofs.
  3. Incorporating a thermal break in the roof system, similar to the dead air space between two panes of glass in a quality window, will be more effective at reducing attic heat gain than reflective pigment coatings. This thermal break can occur based on how the product is installed. Products like RoofAquaGuard Dry-Tech are great ways to create a thermal break beneath any metal roof, and they also help with sound attenuation. Additionally, a thermal break occurs naturally with formed metal shingles, shake, slate, and tile products that have an integral airspace between the metal and the roof decking and underlayment.
  4. The reflective nature of metal roofing offers minimal benefit in the winter. If the home’s attic is vented per code, the roof doesn’t impact things. Winter energy efficiency is achieved with insulation on top of the home’s ceilings – not at the roof level. Once heat escapes from the living space, it leaves through attic vents which are required by code.

Utility cost savings from a metal roof will depend a great deal upon the individual home and climate. However, if things have been done correctly, it is common to hear of summer air-conditioning cost savings of 20% and even more.

Once again, finding the right contractor for your new roof installation ensures that your efforts to save money and energy are paid back. We can help you find a specialty metal roofing contractor in your area, or work with your quality contractor choice to ensure that your new Classic Roof performs for a lifetime of protection and savings.

p.s. This post is part of a series on 10 Critical Things Most Roofing Contractors Don’t Know, by roofing guru Todd Miller.





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The Financial Impact of Metal Roofing: Increased Home Value


January 20, 2019 | Filed under: Financial,Newsletter Articles

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In this season, we continue to focus on the financial impact of a decision for metal roofing. We’re in the midst of more research on the subject, but want to invite you to sit back, consider, and dream about the positive impact a quality metal roof will have on the beauty and value of your home.

different metal roofing styles

Beauty and Increased Home Value

The emotional side of things is that you want your home to be attractive, to be the haven of peace and beauty or charm that you enjoy. A visually pleasing home is also usually a home that sells faster and at a higher value.

For increased home value, a couple of things come into play when you invest in a quality metal roof installation:

  • Industry studies have shown that upgraded roofs add about 65% of their cost to a home’s value.
  • Because of metal’s durability, that becomes a lasting increase in home value, rather than one that declines rapidly as the roof deteriorates.

Today’s metal roofs offer you a wide range of styles and colors. In addition to traditional vertical seam roofs, there are products available that look like wood shakes, slate, shingles, and tile. One of the most exciting things to happen to metal roofing in many years has been an increase in the number of “print coats” which are colors that feature patterns and multiple hues for a weathered look or even for a look similar to that of slate or tile. You will see some of these in our product lines.

To help determine what style and color of metal roof will look best on your home, use our free online Roof Visualizer or, even easier yet, just email us a quality photo of your home looking fairly straight-on into the roof and we will “drop in” the product and color of your choice. You can email it to us at info@classicroof.com.

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Durability and Reduced Maintenance for Increased Home Value

Because a metal roof maintains it’s “just new” appearance, it continually increases a home’s curb appeal and perceived value for potential buyers of the home. All of our products carry the very best warranty in the industry and can be easily transferred to future homeowners. Imagine what a great selling point that would be for your home for peace of mind and to differentiate your home from others available on the market. You can read about our warranty here.

An important statistic is a study that has shown that, when home improvements reduce a home’s operating cost, that makes the home more valuable to potential buyers. The statistic often quoted is that a home’s value increases by $20,000 for every $1,000 in reduced annual operating costs.

Protecting Your Investment

Here’s to looking to the future and the preservation of the important investment you’ve made in maintaining and improving your home. Our goal is always to bring you information and guidance that will lead you to decisions that are right for you and meet your financial goals. Please contact us at 1-800-543-8938 whenever we can be of help.





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Labor and the Cost of Home Improvements


February 21, 2019 | Filed under: Newsletter Articles

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I’m writing today to share some inside information that can save you money, protect the investment you’ve made in your home, and provide sustainable, long-lasting home improvements.

As the President of Classic Metal Roofing Systems (a division of Isaiah Industries), I’ve talked to thousands of homeowners and roofing contractors over the last 40 years. These days, my conversations with contractors almost always include the subject of labor for quality roofing installations. Recently, those conversations got me thinking about the financial impact of the labor shortage on our business, and the homeowners we serve.

How Do Labor Shortages Affect Your Home Improvement Projects?

Here’s a short article I wrote which explains the current national labor “skilled trades” situation, and provides details on how that affects roofing and other home improvement product choices.

READ THE ARTICLE NOW

I’ve come to a conclusion: sustainable practices and products as you remodel or build your home is the only way you can control future home maintenance costs.

The long-term effects of today’s labor shortage on home maintenance costs are significant. What can you do about in the short-term? Two words: book now.

Your home quality home improvement contractor’s schedule is already filling up, and they will want to ensure the availability of the workers needed for a quality installation. I’m guessing that’s something you would be interested in, too.

If buying a roof is on your list of home improvements this year, learn about:

  1. Controlling your future home maintenance costs
  2. Paying for quality installation once for a lifetime of sustainable roofing

Read the article, and then invite us into your research. We have a nationwide network of independent dealers and quality contractors, with trained, professional installation crews who are presently scheduling.





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3 Ways to Reduce Summer Energy Costs


March 14, 2019 | Filed under: Buying a New Roof,Energy,Financial Impact of Metal Roofing,Newsletter Articles,Research

saving on summer energy costs

Our quality metal roofing systems will reduce home summer energy costs by keeping homes naturally cooler in hot weather and reducing summer air conditioning demand.

And the time to get ready for heat is before it becomes a problem. Here’s how we can help.

3 Ways a Classic Metal Roofing System Can Reduce Summer Energy Costs

  1. Special coatings of reflective pigment reflect away radiant heat. All the while looking great, in luxurious finishes and colors that resist fading.
  2. Additionally, our metal shingle, metal shake, metal tiles, and ClickLock standing seam styles have an integral air gap between the metal and the roof deck, stopping conductive heat transfer.
  3. Finally, the attics beneath our metal roofs can be ventilated to exhaust out any heat that is gained into the attic.

Typical customers who purchase metal roofs with these energy-saving attributes will report summer energy cost savings of up to 20% and even more after their roofs are installed. When homeowners look at their energy savings as a way to help pay for their metal roof investment, it becomes another part of their financial picture.

Solar Ready Roofing
We often find that metal roof customers are solar installation customers, and vice versa. The environmentally-friendly and cost-saving goals accomplished with a metal roof are quite similar to those achieved with solar installations.

Our metal roofing systems provide an excellent base for rooftop solar arrays, thanks to their life expectancy and stability.

Preparing for Summer Energy Costs

It’s never too late, or too early, to plan for reducing summer heat gain and preparing for a new roof. Get on a schedule now to ensure that quality installation teams will be available in the busy, warmer months.

To learn more about energy savings and a quality metal roofing system, along with securing a quality installation, give us a call or drop us a line.

We’re a manufacturer that loves to talk with people and help them solve their own, unique, roofing problems.





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2 Critical Things Most Contractors Don’t Know About Metal Roofing


April 29, 2019 | Filed under: Buying a New Roof,Homeowner Tips,Newsletter Articles,Research

Metal Roofing Energy Efficiency

Here’s a special post from Todd Miller.

I am starting a new series about 10 critical things that roofing contractors often don’t know about metal roofing. In my 35 years of answering questions from homeowners and contractors about metal roofing, these 10 things come up over, and over. Unfortunately, I often hear stories of homeowners who had metal roofs installed but in the end, were upset and frustrated with a roof that did not perform as they expected.

When I dig into these situations, I often find critical considerations particular to metal roofing that the contractor simply was not aware of. This month, I will explain 2 of those 10 critical considerations: Metals and Finishes.


If you’re more interested in curb appeal and beauty than the technical issues, I can assure you that what happens with metals and finishes have an impact on both.

2 Critical Things Most Contractors Don’t Know About Metal Roofing

 

1. Metals

There are different grades and types of metals used in metal roofing and they will have different performance expectations. Which metal is chosen can dramatically impact how the roof performs in terms of durability, energy efficiency, and other things.

With steel, it is important to know not only the type of steel but also the grade of steel in order to estimate its performance. Steel, even with zinc, aluminum, or alloyed metallic coating on it, is still steel. Ultimately, cut edge protection for steel is derived from the zinc in the metallic coating on the steel. There are different grades of steel and better cut edge protection is achieved with better steels. Minimum grades of steel the industry recommends for metal roofing are G90 and AZ50.

Metal thickness is also something to consider but a lot of games are played with steel thickness (referred to as “gauge”). Gauges have significant tolerances and different manufacturers take different approaches to those tolerances, including whether the metal thickness is measured with or without paint. However, the ultimate performance of a roof system typically has far more to do with its design, the coating on the metal, and proper installation than the thickness of the metal.

Steel is inherently stronger than aluminum and copper but that is why the thicknesses of aluminum and copper are greater than those of steel used to produce metal roofing. Some aluminum and copper roofing products may also have optional strengthening backers that can be used to fill up any air space between the metal and the roof deck. All metal roofs require some extra care when walking on them but one benefit is that, unlike roofs made of other materials, they do not lose impact resistance with age.

Aluminum and copper, being non-ferrous metals, will perform better than steel in corrosive environments including coastal regions and areas prone to acid rain. They will not red rust. Copper and aluminum are also more malleable than steel and therefore often available in more intricate product designs. Additionally, aluminum and copper typically have much higher percentages of recycled content than steel does.

2. Finishes

The first defense that a metal roof has against the elements is its outer most coating. Such coatings are typically applied to the metal and baked on while the metal is still in coil form. While metals like copper and zinc are usually used in their “mill finish” states, with steel and aluminum products, the following coatings are common:

  • Clear Acrylic Coating
    This is available typically only on steel with a metallic coating that is predominately aluminum. With this coating, the metal has a “mill finish” look. This is an “entry level” metal roof and it’s important to know that the clear acrylic weathers away over a period of 5 – 7 years. The acrylic is there to facilitate forming of the metal and to protect the metal from scratches during transportation and installation. It wears away quickly.
  • Polyester Coatings
    There are multiple grades of these finishes available. These coatings are named for the resin in the paint and one variation between the different grades is the quality of the pigments used in the paint. Quality pigments will have greater color retention over time but they are still protected to some degree by the resin. The highest performing “super” versions of these coatings show good performance for 7 – 10 years of exposure followed by a fairly rapid and significant decline in fade and chalk resistance.
  • PVDF Coatings
    These finishes are widely respected as the best coatings available for exterior building products today. The resin is based upon the mineral fluorite and the licensors of the resin require only inorganic ceramic pigments for enhanced color performance. These are the most expensive coatings and you will find reduced warranties in bright “exotic” colors as well as metallic colors. A few companies, such as Classic Metal Roofing Systems, also offer powder versions of the PVDF finishes. And like my Dad, our founder Don Miller used to say, “It all starts with the finish.”
  • Aggregate Coatings
    Also known as “stone coatings,” these are typically on steel shake, shingle, and tile products. They are less expensive than quality paint finishes and they are noted for having a very attractive look, with texture and blended colors. In essence, they are similar to the stones on asphalt shingles but they are applied to a steel base. Their typical wear does include granule loss over time and the textured surfaces can be very inviting to streaks and stains from roof algae. Additionally, stone coated products cannot be recycled.

Rest assured that, when you purchase a Classic Roof, all of the above critical things related to metals and finishes have already been taken into consideration to deliver you the best possible roof that meets your requirements for durability, beauty, energy performance and minimizing the ongoing operational costs of your home.

You can find more information, and contact me directly with your questions about roofing metals and finishes at AskToddMiller.com.

I encourage you to contact our team of metal roofing experts at 1-800-543-8938 whenever we can answer any questions you may have or connect you to one of our knowledgeable, independent, expert roofing contractors in your area.





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2 More Things Most Contractor’s Don’t Know About Metal Roofing


May 24, 2019 | Filed under: Buying a New Roof,Newsletter Articles,Research

Metal Roofing Panel Design and Fire Safety

We continue our series of 10 Critical Things That Most Contractors Don’t Know About Metal Roofing. This post is a special message from Todd Miller, Roofing Expert and President of Classic Metal Roofing Systems.


”Which is better? A shingle roof or a metal roof?” It depends…

Someone asked the other day, “Which is better – a shingle roof or a metal roof?” I had to answer with, “It really depends on what you want to accomplish.” In some cases, folks are looking for short-term cost-effectiveness, and in other cases, they are seeking longer-term value and benefits. Our free online Roofing Needs Profiler is a great way to determine what sort of roof best meets the needs of you and your home.

All-too-frequently, I hear stories of homeowners who had metal roofs installed, but in the end, were upset and frustrated with a roof that did not perform as they expected. When I explore these situations, I often find critical considerations particular to metal roofing that the contractor simply was not aware of.

Let’s look at 2 more of those critical things: Panel Design and Fire Safety.

1. METAL ROOFING PANEL DESIGN

There are many good metal roof panel designs available today, from various styles of vertical seams to the more interesting “modular” panels designed to look like standard shingles, wood shakes, slate, or even southwest barrel tile.

Contrary to what many folks believe, panel design does impact the expected performance of a metal roof, and there are two key areas of consideration:

  • Do the panels actually interlock one to the next on all four sides, or do they just overlap on two or more sides? Interlocking panels have greater security as there is no opportunity for debris to enter the overlaps over time, causing them to swell or “open up,” allowing water and wind infiltration. Many “entry level” metal roofs such as corrugated products and simple batten or deck-mounted metal shingles do not feature full interlocks. The premium products will feature full interlocks, requiring more intricate manufacturing techniques.
  • How do the panels and the fasteners allow for the metal’s expansion and contraction? Except in the case of some tile-look panels with horizontal “folds” or “breaks” in the metal that allow for expansion and contraction, exposed fastener panels do not have adequate allowance for the metal to expand and contract with temperature changes. Therefore, the fasteners will loosen over time and need to be re-tightened usually after 5 – 7 years and replaced with larger diameter screws by year 15. When the fasteners are loose (and also as the rubber washers on the screws age), water tends to work in around the fasteners, causing the metal to rust and the underlying wood to rot. Concealed fastened panels have a variety of ways in which they allow for the metal’s movement, including clip-fastening and slotted fastener holes. Smaller modular metal roofing panels have full interlocks between the panels to allow for the metal’s thermal movement.

Panel Design is one key area where, despite what many consumers and even contractors think, metal roofs are not all the same. Things like exposed fasteners and panel overlaps are indicators of “entry level” products that leave a home vulnerable in crucial areas.

2. METAL ROOFING FIRE SAFETY

Misinformation is prevalent when it comes to fire safety and ratings of virtually all types of roofs. Metal roofs are recognized for the fact that airborne sparks or brands do not readily ignite on them. They are also recognized for their low weight that does not pose a significant cave-in threat in the event of a fire inside the home.

  • The actual fire classification of most roofs is based upon assembly testing. Things like fire-resistant underlayments and noncombustible roof decks contribute to how a roof system is rated. Many products depend upon the ratings of other materials in the roof assembly for their final rating because that provides contractors and homeowners with a wider range of options rather than be locked into one particular assembly to achieve a specific rating.
  • Over the years, Class A rated roofs, and roof assemblies have sometimes had fingers pointed at them for “containing” fires in the structure’s attic rather than allowing the flames to burn vertically through the roof and self-vent. Firefighters generally are trained on how to “open up” roofs to prevent this.

Additionally, a fire-resistant roof made of aluminum with a lower melting point than steel may be advisable in some situations.

DESIGNED FOR PROTECTION

When you purchase a Classic Metal Roofing System, we have taken full advantage of hidden fasteners and fully interlocking panel designs to deliver the best possible roof that meets and often exceed your requirements for protection from rain, wind, and even fire.

As always, I hope that our information is helpful and we encourage you to contact our team of metal roofing experts at 1-800-543-8938 or send me an email, whenever we can answer any questions you may have.





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What You Need to Know about Metal Roofing & Condensation


June 11, 2019 | Filed under: Buying a New Roof,Newsletter Articles,Research

Metal Roofing Energy Efficiency

Many homes across the US have recently been damaged or destroyed by heavy and sometimes violent rains and floods. No matter where you live, your home requires protection from and the prevention of condensation. So, what does metal roofing have to do with condensation? Here’s an explanation.

A properly installed metal roof, with a properly prepared attic, can prevent condensation.

Metal Roofing: Good Installation and Ventilation Means No Condensation

When installed on standard residential construction consisting of typical attic insulation, proper and well-functioning ventilation, and roof decking, metal roofs do not pose a condensation risk.

However, not all homes have these things and, on occasion, contractors will even install metal roofs on homes without roof decking. In these situations, condensation can become a significant issue.

3 Ways to Avoid Condensation

There are three primary ways in which condensation is avoided in attics and, ideally, you want all three. While sometimes a home can function with just two of these things, it will not perform well with fewer than two unless perhaps it is located in an extremely dry climate. Those three things are:

  1. Insulation on top of the ceilings, including sealing against any air leaks from the living space into the attic.
  2. Ventilation per building code, which means both intake and exhaust vents.
  3. A vapor barrier, such a continuous sheet of polyethylene behind the ceiling drywall.

Not taking these things into consideration when a metal roof is installed will pose risks. Condensation is a critical enough of an issue that we recommend reading this full, detailed discussion. For situations where there is a desperate need for additional breathability of an attic, a quality highly breathable underlayment like VENT3 can be helpful.

If this is your year for a new roof, we want to do all we can to help you make a wise decision that you will not later regret. We will always give you our best advice, even when it doesn’t involve our products!

For your toughest questions, please feel free to email our company president and in-house expert on metal roofing and ventilation, Todd Miller, at todd@asktoddmiller.com.

p.s. This post is one in a series being developed on Critical Things Most Contractor’s Don’t Know About Metal Roof. You can read more here.





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