Residential retrofit ’08: Everlast Roofing

Sometimes, metal sells itself.

Steve Eby makes his living constructing post-frame buildings, but occasionally United Enterprises Construction in Mercersburg, Pa., gets called on to install metal roofing on someone’s home. Some of those projects are older homes — 100 years old or older — in need of a new metal roof.

As much as some like to believe a metal roof will last forever, the reality is it may last “only” 5 or 6 times longer than an asphalt shingle roof. Many of Eby’s customers understand and appreciate the value of metal. He says one of the big selling points of metal in southeastern Pennsylvania is customers recognize it’s a cost-effective roofing material. “The number one thing is it looks good,” he says. “It’s also cost effective and durable.”

How much metal roofing could you sell if you didn’t have that hurdle to get over? It’s not always that simple, but for this project — a home originally built in the mid-1800s — it was all about replacing metal with metal.

“The old metal roof was leaking and starting to blow off in some areas,” Eby says. “It needed to be replaced and it made sense to go with metal again. This home is situated on top of a hill, there’s a lot of wind and this roof is nice and tight.”

The homeowner selected the Everlast II profile from Everlast Roofing in the color Charcoal. The Everlast II is a 29-gauge through-fastened panel measuring 38 inches and providing 36 inches of cover. This Everlast II panel is part of the Omni generation of panels from Everlast Roofing with unprecedented barrier protection and better paint adhesion.

For this project, United Enterprises Construction had to tear down the roof as well as the rafters, right down to the stone walls. The challenge then was to construct a level support system roof for the new metal roof. Eby says the walls were 4 inches lower on one end than the other. “We squared it all up before we installed the roof,” he says. “That roof is 100 percent level. And the customer is tickled.”

United installed gutters to complete the job.

“Metal has come a long way in the last few years,” Eby says. “The durability of the panels and the paint are so much better.”

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