Things to Consider when Choosing a Metal Roof
Metal Sales will help you select the perfect metal roof for your home. We’ll walk you through the various material options, profile styles and color choices to make your decision easy and informed.
We are here to support you, and we are always open to your questions.
When weighing your options, here are a few key things to consider:
Fastener Types: Exposed and Concealed.
This economical option features fasteners that penetrate a roof panel to attach it to a roof. This leaves the fasteners exposed.
To do so, your installer should take care to tear off the existing roof covering and add a high-temperature peel-and-stick underlayment to the entire roof, which reduces the risk of leaking.
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Concealed, or hidden, fastened panels are installed with fasteners that do not penetrate the exposed portion of the metal. The attachment mechanism is hidden from the elements and view, and so provides a sleek aesthetic and the ultimate in weather and water protection.
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This term refers to the thickness of the panel.
Gauge is the measurement of sheet metal thickness and is an important consideration when choosing a metal roof. With metal, the higher the gauge number, the thinner the material. So 29 gauge is thinner than 26 gauge. For residential roofing, 29 gauge is the minimum recommended, while 26 gauge is suitable for most applications. In areas with high winds, incidence of hail or severe weather, 24 gauge is advisable.
A multi-layer color system which helps to preserve and increase the performance of your metal roofing system.
Metal Sales offers two excellent coating systems to deliver high-performance color choices. High performance polyvinylidene fluoride or PVDF (Kynar 500®) is available on both 24 and 26 gauge products and MS Colorfast45® is available on 26 and 29 gauge products. Both coating systems feature multi-layer protection and are warranted for long lasting durability and chalk and fade resistance.
- 45 Year Finish Warranty
- Chalking - will not chalk in excess of number 8 rating for a period of 35 years (determined by ASTM 4214 Method A)
- Fading - Will not fade in excess of more than 5 Hunter units for a period of 35 years (determined by ASTM method 2244)
- 45 Year Finish Warranty
- Chalking - Will not chalk in excess of number 7 rating on non-vertical applications for a period of 30 years (as determined by the procedure outlined in ASTM 4214 Method A)
- Fading - Will not fade in excess of more than 6 NBS Units on non-vertical applications for a period of 30 years (determined by ASTM 2244)
"Fading" refers to a loss of color. "Chalking" is a white haze that may appear on the surface through natural oxidation.