Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Looking to protect your home from Extreme Weather such as hurricanes? Check out this story from Fox News featuring a product roundup, including metal roofing:
Monday, June 3, 2013
The metal roof is installed, and the Coastal Living Showhouse in Charleston, SC is nearly complete! Among many other energy efficient elements, the home features a standing seam metal roof by Metal Roofing Alliance member Fabral .
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Great new article on Metal Roofing on the Gutter Helmet site.
You can find the story here, along with information on the unique product that keeps leaves and debris out of your gutters.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Wind and hail storms remain some of the most frequent and severe causes of property damage. This year the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety Research Center conducted the first-ever indoor hailstorm, in an effort to research building products and ways to educate consumers. You can see the results in the video below:
IBHS Hailstorm Demonstration Highlights from IBHS on Vimeo.
IBHS Hailstorm Demonstration Highlights from IBHS on Vimeo.
Damage caused by wind and hail cost State Farm and its policyholders more than $3.9 billion in 2012. The states with the most wind/hail losses include:
- Texas - 47,000 claims
- Illinois - 41,000 claims
- New York - 34,000 claims
- Ohio - 31,000 claims
- Missouri - 25,000 claims
- Tennessee - 24,000 claims
- Indiana - 23,000 claims
- New Jersey - 23,000 claims
- Kentucky - 22,000 claims
- Colorado - 16,000 claims
If weather conditions are prime for hail storms, pull cars, boats, RVs, law and patio furniture into a covered area.
When building or remodeling, consider weather-resistant metal roofing to reduce hail damage to your home and help insurance savings. State Farm currently offers insurance premium discounts to homes with qualifying impact resistant roofing products in 26 states and one Canadian province.
Metal roofs are naturally very tough and highly resistant to hail damage. Hail will not penetrate a metal roof. Even a new asphalt shingle roof won’t protect a home from the next hail storm. In fact, many metal roofing products have the highest impact resistance and hail rating granted by Underwriters’ Laboratory (UL), a leading product safety testing and certification organization.
The majority of metal roofing earns a UL2218 Class 4 rating, meaning that a sample of the product did not crack when hit twice in the same spot by a 2-inch steel ball, which, in a storm, would translate into a huge hailstone.
Monday, April 15, 2013
American Cleaning Institute, 72% of U.S. households spring clean every year. Among those who do spring cleaning, 76 percent target the bedroom, followed by the kitchen (73%), bathroom (69%) family room or den (61%) and the dining room (45%). An area that many people forget to consider is the roof.
Residential roofs take a beating during the winter months. Extreme weather conditions, including temperature changes, can cause roofing shingles and flashing to expand and contract, creating damage. Heavy snow loads and ice dams also take a toll on a roof. Missing, cracked or damaged shingles may develop into leaks.
The non-profit Metal Roofing Alliance suggests the following roof review, which can be done without a ladder:
- For homes with asphalt shingles, look for black areas indicating cracking shingles.
- For homes with shake or shingles, look for pieces that are curled updward, split, broken off or missing.
- For homes with slate roofs, look for black areas that indicate slate is missing.
- Look for heavy wear around the roof valleys, the areas where water runs off the roof into the gutters.
- Look at the roof materials around the chimney and vent pipes and check for cracks, gaps and missing or fractured caulking.
- Use binoculars to check around the roofing by the chimney, trim and other flashings for signs of cracks, shingles that are coming up off the roof, and general wear.
- Check roof eave overhangs for water damage.
- Conduct an interior inspection for stained or discolored ceilings, which most likely indicates roof problems.
If you find your roof is not quite ready for April showers, find a metal roofing contractor in your area that can help.
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety highly recommends that when you re-roof your home, you should also re-nail your roof deck. Re-nailing the decking will result in better performance in high winds.
The roof deck should be well attached to the rafters or trusses. Inspect these connections when the old roof cover and underlayments are torn off. It will be easier to see the spacing of the fasteners attaching the roof deck to the roof framing below and to install additional nails to strengthen the roof deck uplift connection.
During extreme weather events, the roof is one of the most vulnerable areas of a home. However, many roofing materials are not strong enough to withstand harsh weather conditions. More homeowners are turning to metal roofing to protect their homes and prevent costs like repairs and damages.
Metal roofing has a 140-mph wind rating, meaning it can withstand wind gusts up to 140 miles per hour. Metal roofing materials interlock, forming a protective barrier that other roofing materials do not provide. These interlocking tiles make metal roofs stronger and more resistant to high winds.
Under high wind conditions, says architect Jim Mitchell, "Metal roofing systems have wind resistance and uplift resistance that is above the new building code requirement. That gives us a sense of relief in that we can use the best material to meet those criteria."
Friday, March 15, 2013
Metal Roofing Alliance, along with member metal roofing manufacturer, Fabral are proud to be supplying a new metal roof for the 2013 Coastal Living Showhouse on Daniel Island, in historic Charleston, South Carolina.
Coastal Living is a national magazine that celebrates life along the coast, and the annual home design project showcases the best of coastal home innovation, décor and construction.
“Daniel Island is an idyllic, low country island town. Its natural beauty, welcoming neighbors and endless array of amenities and conveniences make it a coveted coastal destination and a spectacular location for this year’s house,” said Nicole Hendrick, Associate Homes Director for Coastal Living.
The all-star design team behind the 2013 Coastal Living Showhouse includes Developer and Builder Jamison Howard of Max G. Crosby Construction Co. Inc; Interior Designer Ginger Brewton of Ginger Brewton Interiors; and Our Town Plans, provider of the architectural design. The project specialists have broken ground on the house and expect completion in early June.
The 2013 Coastal Living Showhouse on Daniel Island will host weekly tours Wednesday through Sunday from June 28 to August 18, and Friday through Sunday from August 23 to October 20. The home is expected to draw as many as 10,000 visitors from across the nation. Tickets are $15 per person with a portion of proceeds benefiting a local charity. Tickets are available for purchase on-site and online.
The completed metal-roofed home will also be included in a special editorial section of the October 2013 issue of Coastal Living. For more information, please visit Coastal Living and Daniel Island. During the completion of the house project the sites will update information on the work and progress.