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Homeowner returns Home to Architects Original Design with Standing Seam Roof

Homeowner returns Home to Architects Original Design with Standing Seam Roof

As I drove into the lane, my first thought was how nice and secluded the home was. Tucked in among the trees overlooking a rolling valley was a home that struck me with unique architecture and design.standing-seam-pond When I discussed with the homeowner (who prefers not to be named ) about why she chose to replace her roof with the 26ga Low Gloss Standing Seam. She informed me that she recently purchased the home, and knew at that point that there were several leaks. Although the leaks made the project urgent, there were several reasons that led her to the decision to not install asphalt shingles.

The first  reason was that the original architect had designed the home with Standing Seam in mind. The entire home was designed for efficiency and simplicity, and the Standing Seam roofing system fits very well with that. I also considered environmental factors involved with installing another asphalt shingle roof she said, taking care of our environment is important to me, and to think of those shingles only lasting 10 to 15 years, and then ending up in a landfill was not a good thought. The energy factor of metal roofing when compared to asphalt also came into play.

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The customer informed me that she had set up a meeting with the original architect and also the builder of the home. After she had discussed all the options with them, she came to realize that the cost  for the Standing Seam was really not that much more after all the benefits were considered. It really comes down to value of the Standing Seam roofing system.The installers did a good job, and I am very pleased with the finished product. I am so glad that I chose to go this route.metal-roofing

 

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Making Sense of your Energy Star Steel Roofing Questions

Classic Metals specializes in manufacturing metal roofing products, because of that we get asked about Energy Star roofing on a regular basis. This question originates from customers concern regarding what type of roofing qualifies for Energy Star, and what percentage of savings can be expected by using an Energy Star products. Because it seems hard to find good information that makes sense concerning this question, we wanted to explain a little bit about how Energy Star Steel Roofing works for our customers benefit.

What is Energy Star

In 1992 the EPA began the energy star program to help identify and promote energy efficiency and products homes and buildings nationwide. The goal was to raise consumer awareness about how many products can save them energy costs in the long run, and help the environment by cutting energy usage. Through its partnerships with 18,000 private and public sector organizations, ENERGY STAR delivers the technical information and tools that organizations and consumers need to choose energy-efficient solutions and best management practices. ENERGY STAR has successfully delivered energy and cost savings across the country, saving businesses, organizations, and consumers $24 billion in 2012 alone. Over the past two decades, ENERGY STAR has been a driving force behind the more widespread use of such technological innovations as efficient fluorescent lighting, power management systems for office equipment, and low standby energy use. Products bearing the ENERGY STAR labels are more energy efficient than standard products, thereby saving energy and money. In general, ENERGY STAR certified products including: appliances, HVAC equipment, office equipment, residential lighting, roofing, and even homes, reduce energy costs by at least 30 percent

How does a Roofing Product become Energy Star Rated

Roof products that meet or exceed solar reflectance, without compromising product quality and performance, qualify for the ENERGY STAR label. Manufacturers voluntarily sign an agreement with ENERGY STAR called a Partnership Agreement (PA) allowing them to place the ENERGY STAR label on the packaging of qualifying roof products. They can also use the label in product promotions and advertising for certified products.

How is Energy Star Roofing Rated

There are three tests that can be done on roofing to show how it is affected by the sun’s rays, and how much heat is absorbed.solar-reflectance

Solar Reflectivity ( SR ) is the measure of a certain roofing material’s ability to reflect solar energy, or sunlight from the roofing  surface. SR Value’s are numbered from 0-1.0. A value of 0 indicates that the surface absorbs all the solar energy, and a value of 1.0 indicates that the surface reflects all the solar energy. In order to meet the Energy Star requirements, the SR value for steep pitch roofing ( more than 2/12 pitch ) must exceed .25 SR. The SR test is the only test that is used for the Energy Star rating.

Emissivity ( EM )energytransfer

Emissivity is the roofing material’s ability to radiate absorbed heat, thus lowing the roofing temperature at a faster rate after the solar energy subsides. EM is not used for Energy Star ratings.

Solar Reflective Index ( SRI )

Solar Reflective Index is used for compliance with LEED requirements and is calculated according to ASTM E 1980 using the values of SR and EM. In other words it is the combination of the SR and EM tests, and is used for a overall view of how the roofing material preforms. In order to meet LEED requirements, the roofing material must have a SRI of .29 or greater for steep roofing ( more than 2/12 pitch ). The SRI test is not used for the Energy Star ratings.

How much can I expect to save with Energy Star roofing

Energy savings from installing ENERGY STAR certified roof products will depend on the geographic location and climate where it is installed, existing insulation levels in the building, the type of roof it replaces, the type of roof installed, and how well it is kept clean and maintained. In general, cooling energy savings can be as high as 50 percent. Additionally, a reflective roof can reduce peak cooling demand by 10 to 15 percent. As a result, building owners may be able to purchase smaller, less expensive HVAC systems. Below is a test that was done on a control home in 2000 using several different roofing materials. It is not hard to see how the savings can add up, especially when you consider that the lifespan of a metal roof is 60+ years.

 

Cooling performance at a control home Total kWh Savings kWh Save Percent Demand kW Savings kW Saved Percent
Standard dark shingles (control home) 17.03 0.00 0.0% 1.63 0.00 —-
White “Barrel” S_tile roof 15.29 1.74 10.2% 1.44 0.19 11.80%
Standard dark shingles, sealed attic, R_19 roof deck insulation 14.73 2.30 13.5% 1.63 0.01 0.30%
Terra cotta S_tile roof 16.02 1.01 5.9% 1.57 0.06 3.70%
White “Barrel” S_tile roof 13.32 3.71 21.8% 1.07 0.56 34.20%
White flat tile roof 13.20 3.83 22.5% 1.02 0.61 37.50%
White metal roof 12.03 5.00 29.4% 0.98 0.65 39.70%

 

Although Energy Star ratings is just one of the many reasons to choose metal roofing, we hope that this has been informative and will help you make a informed decision when your roofing is in need of replacement. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions regarding this subject. You can also visit the following websites for more info on the testing procedures.

https://www.energystar.gov

http://www.usgbc.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Textured 3D Standing Seam

Textured 3D Standing Seam, installed at Tranquil Acres

 

Textured 3D Standing Seam, installed at Tranquil Acres

 Several months ago Jesse & Dorothy Steiner realized that the time had come when the roof on their home was needing a replacement. After looking at many of the different Metal Roofing options that  are available, they chose to go with the 16” wide Textured 3D Standing Seam. The Textured 3D Standing Seam was the roofing of choice for them for many reasons, including the reduced glare of the metal, and the hidden fastener system.Textured 3D Standing Seam

When the time came to choose the installers for the roof replacement Jesse chose to hire ‘Yoder Family Roofing and Seamless Spouting’ to do the project. “They did a Super Job” said Jesse, “Everything was cleaned up and the project looked great when they left. They installed the Roofing with care and professionalism, and this roof will last for a lifetime.

 

3D Textured Standing Seam  When I asked Jesse regarding what he does in his spare time, I discovered that he has a  lot to keep himself busy. His main occupation is his business, Tranquil Acres Cabins, which is located on the premises.

These three beautiful cabins are surrounded by forest, and fields in the middle of Amish Country; they feature Gas-Fireplaces and Knotty Wood Paneling. These TV free Cabins also come with a cozy Living room, Bedroom and Kitchenette; perfect for someone who is looking to get away from the busy rat-race of life, and spend a weekend soaking up the beauty of the forest, and surrounding Amish County. “We even have locals come and spend a night or two” said Jesse. There is a pond for catch and  release fishing and also hiking trails, and a small mini farm. Jesse is well versed in the local Holmes county area, and will be able to give recommendations for local activities and events. You can find out all the details at http://www.tranquilacrescabins.com and book your own getaway.

 

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We really enjoyed working with Jesse and Dorothy and also Yoder Family Roofing with this project and look forward to working with them in the future.