Project Profile: South Hadley, Massachusetts
South Hadley longtime residents Mike & Cheryl F. were in for quite a surprise as they were preparing dinner one night this spring. “We were in the kitchen getting dinner when all of a sudden it was like a bomb exploded in the garage,” says Mike. “We ran out of the house to see what happened. To our disbelief, a car came through the metal roof of our garage.”
It was like something out of a movie. To make matters worse the couple had just replaced their roof with an aluminum metal shingle roof just about 6 years earlier. The garage roof was a total loss as that is where the car came through. The main roof on the house suffered damage from the exploding battery from the car. The estimates were that about 20% of the roof was damaged due to the battery acid. The manufacturer of the existing roof was a Canadian company which markets aluminum metal shingles here in southern New England. They wanted to do a complete replacement. The homeowner wanted to replace just the damaged roof and install a new roof on the garage. That Canadian manufacturer insisted: “No, we need to replace the entire roof.” At that point the couple contacted us. Below is the story board and description that shows the project from accident to finished replacement.
|The picture to the left shows the result of the accident. The car came through the garage roof and landed on the homeowners’ sports car.
As you can see, it was a total loss. The picture to the right shows the cars being pulled out of the garage by the tow truck
|Classic Metal Roofs is contracted to remove the existing aluminum metal shingle roof and replace it with the Classic Oxford “Slate” aluminum shingle.
We show up on the job with our crew, two company trucks, and a job trailer.
|You can see from the picture on the above-left that the roof was damaged by the battery acid that exploded from the crash. The picture on the above-right shows the rest of the roof on the same side with virtually no damage.
We estimate that about 20% of the roof was actually damaged on the main house. The garage was a total loss and had to be rebuilt.
|The tarps are put in place by our experienced crew and the removal of the existing metal roof begins.
The job foreman said it was the easiest removal of a metal roof that the crew has ever done; it went faster than an asphalt roof. Why this was so will become clear a few pictures down.
|The roof is removed here and then new plywood decking is being installed. The roof was in rough shape, and should have been re-sheathed 6 years ago when the first metal roof was installed.|
|The underlayments are installed, with high temperature ice and water shield to code, then the polypropylene metal roof underlayment is installed over the entire roof deck. The drip-edge is on and the roof is underway.|
|The chimney is being prepped for the new flashing. Alex is cutting in the reglet for the chimney flashing .|
|The fastening of a metal shingle or a standing seam metal roof is one of the most important aspects of the installation. A quality installation always includes the use of clips to allow for the expansion and contraction of the metal.
Well, there is no place to hide here. As you can see, this roof on the left has no clips and just a tab, a manufactured extension of the shingle, to place the one nail that is supposed to hold the roof on for life. (Seriously??) These shingles are 18” long and there is only one nail holding it on. In comparison, look at the photo on the right. Classic’s standard metal shingle is a clip system, a clip and aluminum ring shank roofing nail every 12 inches. In high wind areas and on the coast, we place the clips every 8”. The clips allow for the expansion and contraction of the metal.
|The ridge cap/ridge vent. The picture on the above-left shows the type of shingle vent that the Canadian company used. This is a standard plastic asphalt shingle vent used in asphalt shingle installations. You can see that the frequency of fasteners is far apart and the shingle type cap for the ridge is made of a thin gauged aluminum. Once again the cap is nailed through the product and not through a clip system.
The cap on the above-right – the Classic Metal Roofs ridge-vent cap – is designed for a metal roof. All the components are manufactured from heavy-gauge aluminum. The attachment is made with stainless steel screws, which go into each rafter. The system has a built-in baffle to prevent water infiltration. Its low profile and high performance makes this metal roof ridge vent/cap one of the best the industry has to offer, truly state of the art.
|As the new aluminum metal ridge-vent cap gets installed, you can see from this picture on the above-left, that there is a lot that goes into putting on a quailty ridge-vent cap. Here you see the vented chanels and the cut in the roof deck. The crew snaps the chaulk line to insure a straight and perfect installation.
On the above-right, Vlad is “harnessed in” according to OSHA standards (By the way, our crews are “OSHA 30” trained.) as he puts the final touch on the cap/ridge cover. A great shot of the Oxford profile, and emblematic of the care that our crews take to make sure that the staging creates no scratches on the roof: Note the cardboard under the roof jacks.
|The finished product. The homeowners had over 12 metal roof colors to choose from, but chose the newly available “Vermont Slate.” We think they made the right choice, don’t you?
If you would like to see this project in person or any of our other projects in southern New England, give us a call or email us for the information.
|Epilog: The Canadian company claims to have the heaviest gauge aluminum shingle in the market. All one has to do to discern the difference between their product and ours is to pick them up and feel them. It can be difficult to judge the thickness with precision using your fingers. The Canadian company provides nothing published that we could find committing to a number on the thickness of their product. Classic’s Oxford “slate” is 024 in thickness and it is PUBLISHED in the company brochures. It is a fact, not hype.
Frankly, we were sick and tired of hearing their outrageous claim. So we had an independent metal company use a micrometer to measure the Canadian company’s shingle thickness. As you can see in the pictures above, the product that was previously on the house is 019. (It was measured in several places.) Classic’s Oxford “slate” is roughly 26% thicker than the Canadian metal roof that was installed 6 years earlier.
|For the record we had the same independent metal supplier put a micrometer on our Oxford “slate” shingle.
The results speak for themselves. The thickness of our products are published, and the actual measurements taken conform to those published. One is hard pressed to get an honest answer as to the thickness of the Canadian product.
|We received the testimonial below from the happy clients after the project was completed. We are sure the reader will find the recounting of their experience to be instructive.|
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