Spec It: Met-Tile

Met-Tile weighs in as lighter, less expensive option
W hen the building team set out to plan a new police facility in Gilroy, Calif., the original design called for a concrete tile mansard to match the existing roofs of the neighboring Gilroy civic center. Upon finding the project was over budget, one of the cost-cutting measures adopted by the architect was to replace the concrete tile with a metal “tile panel” facsimile system from Met-Tile, Inc., Ontario, Calif..
According to Frank Cuomo, senior project architect at WLC Architects of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., “Met-Tile gave us the look we wanted but at a much lower cost and its reduced weight also lightened the structure so we could value-engineer the building’s steel frame to accommodate lighter loads. We were able to save around $150,000 in structural and roof system costs without compromising aesthetics.”
The Met-Tile system consists of long-length, 26-gauge tile facsimile steel panels that weigh about 125 pounds per square — much lighter than traditional roofing tiles. Most of the Met-Tile panels were used to create a decorative mansard that shields the rooftop mechanical equipment from view. The mansard panels were fastened to a corrugated metal deck above steel framing.
Met-Tile also functions as a roof over two gable areas above the main entries on the east and west sides of the building. The gable roof panels were installed over a plywood deck and waterproofing membrane. The project used a total of 15,000 square feet of Met-Tile panels in a Mission Clay color that meets Energy Star requirements.
General contractor for the project was S.J. Amoroso Construction Co., Inc., Redwood Shores, California. Metal roofing installer was Facility Systems, Inc., San Jose, California; and the Met-Tile dealer was Blackwood Associates, Inc., Fairfield, California.

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