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Standing Seam Metal Roofing Versus Metal Shingles: Which Should You Choose?

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

When initiating the process to begin planning for a standing seam metal roofing system, or one based on metal roofing shingles, it is important to choose a product that it is suitable for your basic needs. What meets your criteria? What type of roofing meets the needs of your home? Are you staying in your home long term, or are you thinking about the resale value of your home? With these questions in mind and an understanding of the longevity of this investment, you must choose the appropriate metal roofing product.

The two primary products available for a residential metal roof would be the traditional standing seam metal roofing and the multiple styles available for the metal shingles. Metal roofing can be manufactured and formed into many different profiles; from the antiquity of a “wood shake” style to the traditional architectural shingles resembling slate. Standing seam metal roofing can be manufactured in a variety of widths, lengths, and profiles. Though the number of different styles can vary based on what looks compatible for your home, they are all very attractive, come in a wide variety of colors, they are environmentally friendly, energy efficient, and carefully manufactured with great precision.

standing seam metal roofing

Standing Seam Metal Roofing

With these notions in mind, it is generally recommended to pick a roofing system that is appropriate for your home with your now newly formed criteria. A common misconception a lot of homeowners have is that they think they are interested in a standing seam metal roof without knowledge of other types of metal shingles. This is mostly due to the fact, based on experience, that standing seam is one of the most popular styles for a metal roof. However, these homeowners soon find out that metal roofing shingles- not standing seam metal roofing, is actually what they want and is most suitable to their needs.

If the homeowner has a more traditional house, with the roof cut up and going in multiple different angles with a variety of valleys and hips, a horizontal installation product might be a much better choice than vertical paneled standing seam metal roofing. This is, however, subjective, as metal shingle roofing also blends well with most architectural styles and shares compatibility with a large variety of neighborhoods. The horizontal shingles can provide anything from the rugged look of a wood split shake system of roofing that will never split, rot, or mold, to the timeless beauty that slate can provide in a variety of colors for any type of home.

metal shingle

Metal Shingle Roofing

Standing seam metal roofing is viable for homeowners who desire a premium yet traditional, clean, and contemporary looking metal roofing system. It is best for property owners who want the eminence of standing seam metal roofing, but only want top-grade roofing with high quality manufactured vertical panels. Standing seam metal roofing can be manufactured in any length and a variety of widths. Unlike the exposed fastener agricultural metal panels, they have a hidden fastener system.  These panels have an independent clip system that allows for the metal’s natural contraction and expansion during thermic changes. These panels work very well as traditional roofs that have a lot of open area and a lack of varied angles. This, however, is still a very subjective, as each and every individual home is going to need to meet different criteria based on the homeowner’s objectives and tastes.

It is important to consult with a metal roofing contractor before making any rash decisions. That said, it is also key to do your research on the product you are buying to make sure even the contractor you are speaking with is a specialist in metal roofing. Regardless of which product you choose, you will be making a wise decision versus the option of a conventional asphalt roof. Both types of metal products will shed ice and snow very efficiently, will be invulnerable to water infiltration, and will be unaffected and resistant to water. Arrange for a metal roofing specialist to meet with you at your home to evaluate your roof and determine which product meets your needs and fits into your criteria.

Minding the Alternative Energy Commercialization Gap

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

The White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy last week unveiled its Bioeconomy Blueprint, a collection of actions for federal agencies to promote economic growth based on advances in life sciences research. But also last week, an entrepreneur and financial adviser in the energy field pointed out in a paper that for the government to move scientific discoveries from the lab to the energy marketplace, agencies need to fill a gap in funding that the private sector up to now has been reluctant to address.

Alternative Energy Curriculum Blowing Students Away in New Haven

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

Students at New Haven’s Endeavour Middle School are being blown away by the school’s new alternative energy curriculum.

The school’s new 60-foot tall wind turbine … is also being blown away but in a bit more literal way.

The wind turbine was installed at the school to help the students get hands-on with the wind energy program. The wind energy curriculum is focused for the middle school while the elementary focuses on solar power and the high school on bio fuels.

“We believe the future is alternative energy,” New Haven Superintendent Dr. Keith Wunderlich said. “We want our students to be prepared with the knowledge and skills necessary to be successful in that future. By the time a student graduates from New Haven, they will have had hands on experience with solar power, wind power and bio fuels.”

Metal Roofing Is a Greener Alternative to Asphalt Shingles

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

Don Hickman’s slogan for his company, Hickman Metal Roofing in Gainesville, Florida, is, “This ain’t your granddad’s tin roof!”

Metal roofs have evolved significantly from the days when they were most commonly used on barns. Today’s metal roofs come in a variety of styles and colors and can even look like slate and asphalt shingles. Even better from an Earth-friendly and economic perspective, metal roofs offer several energy efficient and environmental benefits over traditional asphalt shingles.

“One of the things I get asked almost universally is, ‘Is it noisy when it rains?'” Hickman said. “That’s where we came up with the slogan. I think what they’re thinking of is how noisy (tin barn roofs) are when it rains, but those roofs were open rafters. You could see the underside of the metal roof and certainly it was noisy, but that’s not the case in modern construction. That’s one of the objections I have to overcome is the perception that it’s noisy.”

Metal roofs reflect the sun, reducing the amount of heat penetrating the home. A reflective metal roof can reduce cooling demand by 10 to 15 percent and can save up to 25 percent in energy costs compared to a dark gray asphalt shingled roof. Plus, some are made from recycled materials and all can be 100 percent recycled at the end of their useful life.

Crowds at Home Show Attracted by Energy-Conserving Ideas

Monday, April 30th, 2012

The economy may be on the upswing, but it was clear at Saturday’s North Central Florida Home Show in Gainesville that whatever additional cash people may have in their pockets, they don’t want to spend it on heating and cooling their homes.

Vendors selling energy-saving materials from reflective insulation to solar panels were popular stops at the show …

“Energy saving is No. 1. Our house is 2,600 square feet with two different A/C units. We want to reduce the electric bills, which are $600 a month in the summer,” said Gainesville’s Mark Menjivar. “I’ve always been hip to new things that come out. I’ve done the math — if I get a loan for solar panels, I’m replacing the high cost of energy with what I’ll be spending on the loan, but after two or three years paying off that loan, I’m paying zero for energy.”