Residential Re-Roofing ’09: Easy choice

It was an upgrade and it was a no-brainer for the customer.

Dave Simmons of Dave Simmons Construction in Ellensburg, Wash., likes to make decisions easy for his customers. He was recently called to take a look at a farmhouse roof in need of repair or re-roofing.

“It had a layer of barn metal, the two-foot wide exposed-fastener panels and under that was a layer of old cedar shingles,” he says. “It wasn’t leaking yet, but it was going to soon.”

The homeowners wanted to return to an exposed fastener metal panel — it’s what they were familiar with and what they believed fit best into their budget.

Because of the temperature extremes and high winds common to the area, Simmons believed the homeowners would be better off paying a little more for a snap-lock panel — to get a better wind resistance, a high-quality paint system as well as a hidden fastener system.

“It was about $800 more (for the 2,800-square foot job),” Simmons says. “We took them from a 29-gauge panel with exposed fasteners; fasteners that can pull out when panels vibrate in the high wind, to a 26-gauge panel with hidden fasteners. And for our part, it’s less work to install a snap-lock panel.”

Simmons says the current tax credit also helped sell the job. The customer was already sold on metal, but this may have played a role in up-selling to a standing seam panel as opposed to the exposed fastener panel.

The snow-shedding ability of the standing seam panels also figured into the sale — the homeowners wanted snow to come off the roof just to take that unnecessary weight off the structure.

Custom-Bilt Metals’ regional plant in Kent, Wash., sent out a roll former to form panels onsite — Custom-Bilt’s Titan standing seam. The SL-100 has a 1-inch high seam and 16-inch flats with a PVDF finish in Storm Gray.

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