In this guide, we cover the history of residential metal roofing in the US, along with important environmental considerations, side-by-side comparisons, and consumer pricing information.
Believe it or not, there was a time when residential metal roofing was pretty much unheard of in the United States. Then, came along the metal roof of Monticello, which was commissioned by our third president, Thomas Jefferson who was inspired during his stay in Paris where many roofs were covered with zinc, which is not only beautiful, but also happens to be a long lasting building material. Thus, inspired by the idea of a long lasting and durable roof made of metal, Thomas Jefferson further developed Monticello roof design, and that was how metal roofing became the new statement of high-end, residential architecture in the US. Although, several other people have followed the suit, residential metal roofing didn’t really take off in America (until recently) the way it did Europe.
So, you have decided to give metal roofing a chance in a big way by joining the ranks of many proud homeowners who have successfully installed metal roofing on their homes.
First of all, let me congratulate you for considering this Eco-friendly, and energy efficient roofing product that is built to last. Now, as far as picking the right metal roofing color for your home, I would recommend that you take a look at the following examples:
Green – if you are looking for a more conservative, yet fun color for your new metal roof, then a Green Color Metal Roofing system may be a fun and appropriate choice for you. Green is an especially attractive color for people who like a sense of peace, harmony, and want to show that their roof is an Eco-friendly and energy efficient choice that is good for the environment. Below you can see a beautiful example of a Green-colored standing seam metal roof:
There are numerous high quality, cool metal roofing systems and profiles offering an energy efficient and Eco-friendly green roofing alternative to conventional asphalt shingle roofs. Today, homeowners can choose from a wide range of metal roofing materials and systems including aluminum, galvanized and galvalume steel, zinc and copper roofs. modern residential and light commercial metal roofing is available as standing seam, batten seam, simulated Spanish tiles, metal shakes and shingles roofing systems.
For a homeowner who wants to take on the installation of metal roof, a metal shingles system can be one of the easiest metal roofing systems to install; It offers simplicity of interlocking metal shingles design and a wide selection of accompanying metal flashing trim.
What you will find in this guide:
This guide covers installation of an interlocking Metal Shingles Roofing system. Photographs and illustrations provided in this guide come directly from one of the metal roofs installed by New England Metal Roof on a residence located in the greater Boston area.
Step 1: Preparing the roof deck and installing roof under-layment.
For metal shingle roofing, our first step is to prepare a roof deck for the installation. Metal shingles roof can be installed over the existing asphalt shingle roof, as well as over solid sheeting such as boards or plywood in case of a new construction or after tearing off the old shingles.
A roof deck after a tear-off:
It is recommended to use a breathable synthetic roof-underlayment as opposed to a regular tar paper that is going to disintegrate, and it could actually stick to your metal roof from underneath. Make sure that your roofing deck is free of any exposed nail heads, then install your roof underlayment in an overlapping fashion. Use a minimum of six inches of an overlap.
If you mention metal roofing, most people will think of corrugated iron that became ubiquitous as a roofing material following its invention in the early 19th century. The problem with corrugated iron, which actually became corrugated mild steel as early as the late 19th century, is that it inevitably rusts and starts to degrade after just a few years, even if galvanized. By contrast, today`s sophisticated metal roofing products are tough, durable and with proper care and maintenance can easily last 50 years or more. Copper is also, of course, 100% recyclable and environmentally friendly roofing material.