How to buy Metal Roofing for your home.
How to buy Metal Roofing for your home.
As homeowners have become more aware of the benefits of metal roofing its’ popularity has soared. During the past decade Bjorkstrand Metal Roofing has installed more than 1300 Gerard metal shingle roofs, mostly the Canyon Shake style. Every year we install more than the year before. We now install more than 125 metal roofs per year because this is all we do. We don’t do doors, windows, asphalt shingles, siding or decks like other roofing companies.
GERARD Metal Roofing products are all we do and we do them well!
Metal roofing no longer looks like “barn tin” as our grand-parents use to say, it now comes with a granular surface. We call these styles stone-coated metal roofing. Each panel is stamped out of a Galvalume roll of 26 gauge steel. The steel is then coated with corrosion inhibitors, epoxy primers and other protective layers to provide a permanent metal roofing product. The stone chips are attached to the steel with an acrylic film that is very tough. The final product is about the same thing as Rhino liner in a pickup bed. The goal is a more durable roof that still retains the aesthetic advantages of a more traditional roofing material so you “look” like you belong in your Eau Claire neighborhood. Metal roofing of today will not crack or rust and is durable, fire resistant and lightweight. We only install Gerard Metal roofing because it has the best warranty in the business and enhances the looks your home. Gerard Metal roofing will give you a lasting beauty that tenaciously resists the harmful effects of the sun, wind, rain, 2.5” hail and Wisconsin snows. Gerard metal roofing installed by Bjorkstrand Metal Roofing will last you a lifetime. Gerard Metal Roofing has a 50-year non pro rated and transferable warranty; like I said the best warranty in the business.
Now that you know about Bjorkstrand Metal Roofing and the Gerard metal roofs we install, I will tell you about our competition. I am not here to bad mouth any company just the different products they install. Our direct competition is with other stone coated metal roof installers . Their warranties are not as strong as Gerard’s and they all pro-rate in 20 years after being installed, with declining coverage for the remaining 30 years. Some have a twenty five year warranty on their granules these also pro rates after 20 years. These are called a 50-year transferable warranty, so they can confuse you. They may look like Gerard’s Canyon Shake but they don’t stand up warranty wise and no other installer In Eau Claire has the experience that the Bjorkstrand Metal Roofing crew has, none.
Most roofing companies install asphalt shingles and then offer metal as a sideline. They will install painted steel in one of two types, standing seam (raised rib) with no fasteners exposed or pole barn type (exposed fasteners)
Both of these types of metal roofs have limitations as far as warranty on the paint and snow slide. These are selected as to your personal taste or budget. You may want the snow to slide off your roof; well both of these will allow that. Just remember when the snow slides it goes fast and you do not want to be anywhere near the area when it does. You will have to also install snow guards to mitigate the slide in these areas. It is best to have a house where the doors are NOT under the eaves. Sliding snow when it hits the ground will become an iceberg by the time you get home from work. Now how would you like to shovel that mess when you get home? Winter is already a lot of work I do not need more. Gerard Stone coated metal roofing will not allow the snow to slide.
Raised Seam or Standing Seam metal as in figure 2 has no exposed fasteners and is typically a 24ga metal with a Kynar 500® paint. You can also buy a cheaper 26 ga raised rib panel as well but the paint warranty is usually not as strong as the 24 ga. The paint warranty on the Raised Rib 24 ga is typically better than the Classic Rib.
Raised Seam panels come in different widths 12”, 16” and 24”. It runs full length eave to peaks with hidden fasteners. Now there are usually two types of this style metal roofing Snap Loc and Standing Seam
Raised seam is popular for industrial applications such as schools, banks and government buildings. Now it does have a large following in the heavy snow states like in the mountains, the Upper Peninsula, on log homes and inFlorida. Most homes in residential areas do not install this type of metal roofing because the owners do not want to standout that much from the rest of the neighborhood. These are usually more expensive because there are not that many installers around that like to use it and most are of the 24 ga so the metal itself is more.
Classic Rib is an agricultural panel known as pole barn steel. Now it works great in the country on pole barns because it is relatively cheap to buy and install. It is 3’ wide and runs eave to peak in length and has exposed fasteners. This is installed on homes as well but as it expands and contacts on a daily basis it puts an egg shape hole around the screw until it leaks 5-10 years after being installed. People have it installed because it is the cheapest metal to have put on your home. They have the right idea to have a metal roof but they went for the perceived value and it is not there. Pole barn steel leaks as I have always said “it is not bad if you have a leak on your tractor seat but you wouldn’t want one on your loveseat”.
Lastly, there is a good reason why exposed fastener roofing is called “Barn Steel” roofing. It is intended to be installed on a barn roof – not your home!
Here is a chart of the change over time on Kynar 500® paint. They typically have a warranty that the paint will not change over 7 Hunter units; notice the numbers on the side A7 is the 30 year mark. Remember the Gerard warranty is 50 years non pro-rated. If you wanted the red on the left it looks like you will end up with mauve over time. Here is the link to the PDF if you want to see it bigger.
You now have a working knowledge of the different metal roof offerings that are installed the most.