Metal & Copper Roofing Blog

Can My New Roof Go Over My Old Roof?

Good question! Since we're a metal roofing distributor, we're going to focus on the pros and cons of putting a metal roof over existing shingles or wood shakes, just because those are some of the most common roofing materials out there.

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Understanding the Wild Variations in Metal Roof Pricing - Even in 2017

I was in a roof contractor’s office earlier today and he asked me to ball-park a metal roof for him.  
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Topics: metal roof pricing

Roof Material Comparison: Zinc & Copper Roofing in 2017

There aren’t that many roofers who regularly install copper and zinc roofing products. Since metal roofs only comprise about 20% (although that number is increasing every year) of roofing material usage, it’s not surprising that most roofers don’t do it regularly - if at all.

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Topics: copper roofing, zinc roofing

New Metal Roof Colors and Prices for 2017


For years, metal roofs were a rather predictable architectural feature.  They were usually either steel painted in a solid color (red, blue, brown, and green being the most common for many, many years), or they were a bare metal like copper, aluminum, galvanized, or solid zinc. It’s nearly impossible to speak to someone about a metal roof without them imagining a standing seam, vertical rib roof in one of these colors. However, the state of the art now is that these old standby options are becoming the least common metal roofing systems.
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Best Roof for Solar in 2017 - How to Improve Performance

Hardly a week goes by where we don’t get asked about metal roofing and solar installations. Most people already know that metal roofs make the most practical roof material for solar panel installations because they are the ONLY roofing system that allows solar panels mounting on the outside of the roof, with NO penetrations to the roof that could potential cause leaks.
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Topics: best roof for solar

Why A Roofer is Often a Poor Source for Metal Roof Prices

Since we manufacture and distribute so many kinds of metal roofing systems, we’re fortunate enough to hear from just about every stage of the construction process, including architects and designers; distributors and supply yards; roofers and contractors; home and building owners. And it almost doesn’t matter which of these ask the questions, because they’re all about the same:

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Combining Roof Top Solar with Copper and Other Metal Roofs

As beautiful as our copper roof tiles and shingles are, we are finding more and more clients who are requesting solar panels along with their new copper roof systems. While it can certainly be done, our recommendation is combining profiles so that the portion of the roof that is to hold the solar panels is different that the rest of the roof that is exposed.
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Topics: best roof for solar, copper roofs

Comparing 2017 Metal Roof Prices to "Regular" Roofing Prices

We have people calling us almost every week asking how the prices of our metal roofs compare to “regular” roofs. Hearing these questions never fails to make me smile, because “regular” is of course a relative description and if you’re a manufacturer like us we would consider metal nothing BUT regular! However, I know that what they really mean is asphalt shingle roofing materials. It’s a statement about the price and ease of installation of asphalt shingles that they have become so commonplace as to be now considered regular - even though as roofing material goes it’s only recently (less than 100 years) that they have been developed and there are many parts of the world that don’t or won’t even use them. Just to clarify:  when I say “recently” I mean in the history of construction. As a comparison, materials like metal, slate, and clay have been used for many centuries.
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Topics: metal roof prices

What’s New in Metal Roofing Prices in 2017

With a new year comes new project and if a roof for a new building or a re-roof for an older building is in the works, I thought it might be appropriate to start off with a quick overview of what’s new in metal roofs and what’s happening to metal roof prices around the nation.
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Topics: metal roof prices

How Diamond Roofing Can REDUCE Roof Maintenance - Really!

We’ve made our diamond shaped metal roof products our signature line and we offer diamond shaped products in more types of metals than anyone else in the business. In fact, this photo is shows one of the buildings I saw when traveling in South America a few years ago - it was one of my major inspirations to launch a diamond shaped profile of my own (if you would like a copy of this style for your own job, don’t hesitate to ask!).
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Topics: diamond shingles, diamond shaped roofing