As one may suspect, the traditional Bermuda roofing was developed on the island of Bermuda as an effective system to aid in the collection of rain water.
The original Bermuda roof consisted of rectangular slabs of limestone, lapped over the lower row on a hip-roof frame. Mortar was applied to fill joints, so as not to allow water under the roof.
Still in Bermuda, roofing is limed to help keep the rain water clean. By law, every home on the island must collect 80 percent of the rain that falls on the roof.
Metal roofing, of course, offers a Bermuda roof profile to mimic the famous island architecture. Not only does it offer the ability to help collect rain water, but as shown in the feature on page 86, it can aid in collecting solar energy, like vertical panel metal roofing.
The look, the aesthetics, are what separate Bermuda panels from vertical panels. The horizontal lines and stepped appearance are an alternative to traditional shingled roofs or the vertical seams of standing seam or batten seam roofs.
The metal Bermuda panels, like the traditional slabs of limestone, are installed from the eaves up to the ridge.
Among the manufacturers who can provide Bermuda panels are ATAS International (Rumba Shake Bermuda), Firestone Building Products, Follansbee Steel, RHEINZINK (Quick Step), MetFab and Custom-Bilt Metals. Among the roll former manufacturers who have portable machines for the manufacturing of Bermuda panels are Berridge Manufacturing, Englert and New Tech Machinery.