In this guide, we cover the history of residential metal roofing in the US, along with important environmental considerations, side-by-side comparisons, and the latest 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.
Have you ever considered getting a rainwater collection system for your home? A standing-seam metal roof with its smooth surface provides an ideal platform for harvesting rainwater using a sloped metal roof. Englert Inc., a metal roofing and leafless gutter manufacturing company committed to the environmental cause is now offering a 3 in 1 fully integrated standing seam metal roofing system combined with a leafless gutter, and enhanced with a rainwater collection system that collects rainwater for non-potable use.
A water collection system can be a viable, energy efficient, and Eco-friendly water collection solution for your home in a remote location or an area with low rainfall. It can also be a suitable system for businesses that use a lot of water for irrigation purposes, for instance country clubs that have many acres of lawns that require regular watering. It is also a great way to boost the Eco-friendly image of your home or place of business.
A notion that installing a “tin” roof over your house may seem old fashioned, or be somehow associated with the unattractive tin roofs on industrial warehouses, could not be further from the truth when it comes to modern metal roofing. Tin metal roofs are one of the oldest, most reputable roofing systems in the world, boasting numerous advantages, that are as desirable today as they were centuries ago! In fact, modern tin (metal) roofing systems offer highly sophisticated and beautiful design options, superior strength, protection, and energy efficiency. For anyone looking to make a lifelong investment in their home, and get the most value for their money, a metal roof is an obvious choice.
Brief History of Tin Roofs
While today, metal roofs are often referred to as “tin roofs”, the reality is that no roofing product has ever been made of pure tin. In Europe metal roofs have been around for centuries, originating in ancient Rome, and were made out of copper, lead, and zinc. Metal roofing material was produced by heating and hand hammering the metal to a thin sheet. In the 17th century, tin was first used in Bohemia as a coating for rolled steel to prevent rust.
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 materials and systems including aluminum, galvanized and galvalume steel, zinc and copper. modern residential and light commercial metal roofing systems are available as standing seam, batten seam, simulated Spanish tiles, metal shakes and and metal 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 underlayment.
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 sheathing such as boards or plywood in case of a new construction or after tearing off the old shingles.
A roof deck prep after a tear-off:
It is recommended to use a breathable synthetic roofing 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.