Metal & Copper Roofing Blog

The Best Roof for a Modern Farmhouse

Credit Joanna Gaines and the Magnolia empire — the "Modern Farmhouse" is a dominant architectural and home decor style that isn't going anywhere. And for those who are truly committee to the aesthetic, metal roofing should be a consideration. There's a reason that the best roof for the modern farmhouse is metal roofing.

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Topics: modern farmhouse


Metal Roof Prices in Reno, NV - Then and Now

Someone said something to me the other day that caused me to pause: "You guys have priced yourselves out of the market!” He was commenting on some prices he had received for a new metal roof and we were comparing the numbers he was receiving.  It made me wonder if there was something we (and I’m speaking now as if I represent the entire metal roofing industry) were doing that was reducing our competitiveness in the marketplace. I was curious enough to review projects that I had been involved in from 20 and 30 years ago to see if I could understand my friend’s comments. Here's what I found about metal roof prices in Reno, Nevada — then and now.
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Topics: metal roof pricing


Metal Roofing and the End of 2020

Another year in the history books, and metal roofing remains one of the very best roof materials that a building owner can choose. Since I first began working with metal roof materials back when Reagan was early in his first term, metal roofing has maintained its position at the top rung of roofing options, with its price and performance at the premium end of the spectrum. There have been many, many roofing products that have come and gone in the last few decades, but metal roofing just keeps chugging along at the front of the quality line.
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Topics: metal roofing


Installing Solar Panels Over Metal Roofing

We recently received a phone call from a solar contractor who was inquiring about techniques for installing solar panels on one of our metal roof systems. As usual, our answer was that as long they used a compatible metal, t here was nothing peculiar about installing solar panels on one of our roofs.  Since the roof in question was formed of aluminum, we made it clear that they should use aluminum mounting hardware, flashings, and hardware to make sure that they didn’t create any electrolysis. Other than that, taking normal precautions foot traffic should yield a very successful application.
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Topics: metal roofing, metal roofs and solar panels


Does Standard Ice & Water Barrier Work Under Metal Roofing?

This is a great question that came in a comment via another blog post, " Will A Metal Roof Make My House Hotter?" Our reader wanted to know if a standard ice and water barrier would work under metal roofing. The short answer? Not in our experience. Here's why.
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Topics: metal roofing


Can you Install Metal Roofing Yourself?

We are often asked if our metal roofing products are “easy to install,” and if a homeowner could do it themselves. It's a good question. And as it happens, this is the second post in a row in which we share photos of completed projects that our customers installed themselves. It's evidence that you can indeed install metal roofing yourself!

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Natural Steel Diamond Roofing - Then and Now

We recently had a call from a customer we first more than met nine years ago. The family was adding on to their building and wanted to match the natural steel S-10 roof diamonds we made for them close to ten years ago. Needless to say, we were happy to not only provide more matching steel diamonds, but also photograph a steel roof with nearly ten years of patina. The photos here show that our roof diamonds are performing exactly as expected and providing their high desert residence with the rustic, Western charm that only a metal roof with a developed patina can offer.

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Topics: natural steel


Copper Roofing Tops a Lakeside Gingerbread Home

Since the legislative reaction to another virus has been to restrict everyone’s mobility, the opportunity we have enjoyed in the past of traveling to our customer’s job sites has been rather significantly curtailed this year. Now we face the challenge of seeing our metal roof products installed even more rarely than in past years. Fortunately, our customers are all too willing to share photos, like this one of our copper roofing topping a lakeside gingerbread home.
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Topics: copper roofs CA, copper roofing


The Trouble with Small Metal Roofing Projects in 2020

We recently received another request for copper roofing for someone’s backyard barbecue pit roof, somewhere in the range of about 90 square feet. They wrote the same day as someone who was re-roofing a 120-year-old mansion and wanted to source 7000 square feet of copper roofing that looked like the original. It illustrates the trouble with small metal roofing projects in 2020.
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The Misconception of Heat Absorption and Metal Roofing

We recently received a comment on one of our blog posts, and the writer was quite adamant that the metal roof installed on his parents' home has made the house unbearably hot. He concluded that installing the metal roof was a regrettable decision. Even though the writer was not a customer of ours, made the comment anonymously, and left no information about the type or metal roof his folks had installed (or any other details of the job, for that matter), I felt it worth responding just because there are plenty of misconceptions about metal roofing. Heat absorption is one of them.

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Topics: metal roofing benefits, going over existing roofing, metal roofing