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Roofing & Sheet Metal Highlights March 2012:: RD Herbert & Sons

We like to see what’s happening in our industry.  Here we pull together some new ideas, things people are talking about and what we’d like to see more of in the future.

Roofing

  • What the Hail: This article seemed appropriate since our recent storms brought hail with them. This link has photos showing hail damage on a slate roof.
  • State of the Industry Report:Roofing Contractor asked a variety of industry insiders and other professionals to share their insights on key trends they’ve identified in the commercial and residential roofing markets and offer advice on the key problems facing contractors in the year ahead.”
  • A concern with fiberboard insulation:NRCA has received several reports of corrosion of metal components with low-slope membrane roof systems containing specific fiberboard insulation products. Because this issue presents possible roof system performance and worker safety issues, you should be aware of circumstances that may pose safety concerns and ways to identify whether fiberboard insulation is problematic.”

Architectural Sheet Metal

  • Stainless Skyline: “The Harbor Drive bridge is the second major pedestrian bridge in the United States to use a significant amount of stainless steel in its structure. The main cable uses 2205 duplex stainless steel from Outokumpu Inc., Itasca, Ill., to support the bridge deck with tension cables through the pipe and the heavy plate railing posts.”
  • Metal Roofing Magazines Top 10 Products of 2011: “Right here, we present, the Top 10 Products of 2011, as chosen by you, through your requests for info.”
  • Contractors Survey: “For the 31st year, Metal Construction News has turned to its readers for valuable information about the state of the industry. Our contractor readers worked through a year that was substantially similar to 2010, but hold higher hopes for 2012.”
  • Energy-Saving Roofs:“From all perspectives, metal roofing is looking up with its cool, energy-saving properties and long, cost-effective service life. Whether selected by way of building owner and architect preference,green building rating systems, or code requirements, metal roofing is providing more options than ever with its superior performance, style and color.

Custom Sheet Metal Fabricating

  • Big Hubless: “Plumber Bryan Stalcup fabricated the Big Hubless chopper completely from scratch using scrap yard finds. The bike, which won the 2010 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally Garage Shop Fabricator Contest…”
  • Upping the Ante: “The Air Conditioning Contractors of America has given its 2012 conference and Indoor Air Expo the slogan “Raise the stakes.” Show organizers are hoping to give attendees something to talk about, as well as knowledge that will help them propel their companies above the fray.”
  • Sheet Metal welders urged to train: “To operate a vehicle legally on a U.S. roadway, a driver’s license is required, and it has to be earned with time logged on the road, a written test and a live skills test. In the sheet metal industry, welding is under similar scrutiny, with skills tests and certifications necessary for a welder to be qualified to work most jobs.”

Green Roofing & Waterproofing

  • ECO-Structure’s Top 10 Articles in 2011: This is an overview of the top most read stories from the last year.
  • USGBC Launches Green Building Products Database: “The USGBC, in conjunction with The Home Depot, has launched an online products database at www.leed.homedepot.com that features products geared toward residential green building and that may contribute to points and prerequisites for the LEED for Homes program.”
  • The Hot 50 Products:“In this year’s Hot 50 list, you’ll find a heavy mix of trusted brands with a scattering of new players.  These products raise the bar a little higher for green products and work together in harmony.”

Nashville Building News

  • Hillsboro Village apartment project to kick off next year: “Nashville-based H.G. Hill Realty Co. announced today that it hopes to begin redevelopment of a high-profile, heavily trafficked section of Hillsboro Village in the first quarter of next year.”
  • Medical mart on schedule to open in 2014: “Despite rumors, plans to open a new medical trade mart in downtown Nashville in 2014 are still on track, according to officials.  The first of its kind medical mart will offer a one-stop shopping Mecca for the global healthcare industry.“ /li>
  • Metro offers HCA $11M tax break for new data center: “Metro Nashville will offer HCA Inc. a seven-year tax break for expanding in Nashville. HCA that includes a new data center in Antioch. The investment is to create more than 150 jobs over the next five years.” 
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Can I get an Estimate on my Roof? :: RD Herbert & Sons

Often, the first question we answer from a perspective client is “Can I get an estimate?” or “Will you give me a quote?”  We all want to know how much it will cost before we make a big purchase.  RD Herbert offers estimates for residential, & commercial, green & metal roofs or custom sheet metal.

When you call in, you will first speak to one of our Roofing Estimators (, or Steve ).  They will ask you a few questions so we can offer you the best service possible.

  • “What are you looking for?”
    • We need to know if you are seeking a new roof, re-roof, architectural sheet metal, gutters and downspouts, or maintenance.  It is also possible that you need to speak to one of our custom sheet metal estimators.
  • “What happened to your roof?”
    • There are many possible reasons you are seeking a our services: storm damaged, fallen trees, age of the roof, leaks, or renovations
  • “What type of roof do you currently have on your home?”
    • This question allows us to understand some of the possible options available when re-roofing.  If you choose to use the same materials or if you choose to use a new product, we have to evaluate the existing building codes, structural restrictions and
  • “Would you like to set an appointment or may we come out at our convenience?”
    • We need a little information regarding what time is available.  Would you prefer to be onsite when we survey your home?  Since we bring our own ladders, we can access the roof whenever it is convenient for you.
  • “How quickly are you looking to proceed with roofing your home?”
    • We can schedule measuring your home within three days of the initial conversation.  From that point we can give you your estimate within a week of the site visit.

    Give us a call (615-242-3501) for your roofing project and speak with one of our estimators. They have a few questions for you.

Take a look at the following info-graphic from Fixr for a basic idea of steep sloped re-roofing costs.

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Roofing materials at a glance
Source: Roofing Costs at Fixr

Metal Roofs: Benefits

If you are looking for a long term, low maintenance, eco-friendly, solution for your roof consider metal. Metal roofing products cost more than traditional asphalt shingles, but they also last two to three times longer. The upfront cost is two-fold, first in a premium material and second it takes a higher skill set for installation.  When considering a re-roof option, know that metal roofs weigh about a third of shingles and can be placed over existing shingles thereby reducing tear-off cost and landfill debris. Most steel manufacturers use a minimum of 25% of recycled content in the fabrication of their panels and even if the home is torn down in the future, a metal roof can be salvaged and recycled. 

 Corrugated Panels Standing Seam Panels

Offering multiple options in style, material and color, metal is an attractive alternative to shingles. Typically, steep-sloped roof styles are interlocking standing seam panels, exposed fastener panels or metal shingles.  Low slope roofs receive flat lock panels or standing seam panels. Standing-seam panels (above and below right) are long, narrow panels that often run the full length of the roof. These are suitable for both steep-slope or low-slope applications when machine seamed or sealant applied at the seams to ensure water-tightness.  Sheet metal panels (above left) offer a wider variety of profiles, sizes and thicknesses but are typically installed with exposed fasteners that may rust over time. Inspections require closely looking at the fasteners since they degrade at a faster rate than the panels.  Interlocking metal tiles are an attractive option however, are easily crushed if a technician walks on them.  Flat-Lock panels (below left) are ideal for low-sloped roofs because each interlocking panel is soldered creating a monolithic finished surface. 

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Material options for metal roofs vary from steel to aluminum to copper or Rheinzink.  Steel typically is the least expensive with aluminum a step higher and finally copper and Rheinzink are the top of the cost scale. 

Copper and Rheinzink attract people with their natural colors and copper ages over time turning from bright to green. Color selection on steel and aluminum varies from white to dark and most manufacturers have a selection of “cool colors” that quality for Energy Star solar reflectivity criteria. Daniel_01 Colors such as this Colonial Red roof are included even though it is not considered a light color. Solar reflectance measures the amount of solar energy immediately reflected from the surface.  Energy not deflected is absorbed by the panels and released after the sun goes down.  Cool metal roofing contributes to reducing a building’s annual energy consumption by having a lower surface temperature than dark asphalt roofs.  Buildings designed with correct amounts of insulation and ventilation further trims down the heat gain into the attic or living space below the roof. 

Whitland_01The eco-friendly benefits of metal include longevity, rainwater harvesting, and potential for solar panel attachment.  As a testament to the lifespan of a metal roof, this Nashville residence, built in 1931, has the original 5,000-square-foot standing-seam roof  that we have coated at least three times.  Coatings extend the life of the roof an additional 10-15 years depending on maintenance. 

Metal is the most commonly used surface to collect rainwater due to reduced algae, mold, moss or pathogens.  Steep-sloped metal roofs have a slicker surface making it harder for dust and debris to remain on the surface.  This makes annual cleaning unnecessary.  Metal roofs have a “collection efficiency” of about 95% while asphalt roofs average 85%.  Copper roofs do present a concern if you are intending to drink the harvested water, test to be sure that the copper levels are not too high.  All rainwater should be filtered and possibly tested for lead and other contaminants prior to use as drinking water.  For additional information on rainwater harvesting check out Brad Lancaster’s site.

Solar panels or photovoltaics (PV) convert sunlight to electricity.  Lightweight and flexible, amorphous silicon PV systems can be produced in a thin film able to be adhered between the ribs of standing-seam roofs.  Integrating into the design of the building while silently transferring energy without the boxy look traditional solar panels.  Serving as both roofing and energy provider can offer savings in electricity, reduction of fossil fuel use while adding architectural interest to the building.

Recapping, having a metal roof offers many benefits to homeowners and building owners: Longevity, solar reflectivity and PV conversion, rainwater collection, aesthetic, style and material options to fit the building. 

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RDH News: Roofing Estimator

Steve Righter

Steve Righter: Estimator

Steve Righter,

Roofing Estimator,

Over the last thirty years, Steve held many titles including roofing installer, foreman and estimator.  He also owned his own roofing business for twenty-three years in Chattanooga prior to joining our firm as an estimator in 2007.  He has a Bachelors of Religious Education from Tennessee Temple University.

His overall estimating duties include sales and estimating, design and specification, supervision, approving submittals and work orders and developing and maintaining new and existing relationships with building owners, homeowners and General Contractors.

Achievements & Associations:

  • Tennessee Residential Building License-2004
  • Continuing Education Credit for Building License.
  • CPR Certified

Feel free to contact him:

Steve Righter Card

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Imagine your New Roof

Wouldn’t you like to see what your house would look like with new shingles, metal or slate?

Some manufacturers allow you to design your house (or one similar) with the shingles of your choice and color.

Changing Colors

Changing Colors

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