Located only three blocks from the Atlantic Ocean in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, this majestic new 7,500 square-foot residence is a testament to the wisdom of selecting quality materials that will stand up to the corrosive saltwater environment.
“We really only had two directives for the architect as we began the process,” says the homeowner. “We knew we wanted a shingle-style house and we knew we wanted a metal roof. We really didn’t consider any type of roofing material other than metal. Although we’ve never had a metal roof, we have always admired the look of a metal roof—especially with a shingle-style house.”
Design for the home was created by Jaycox Architects & Associates in Jacksonville, Florida. “The house has the presence of a single-story structure but the children’s bedrooms are in the attic, with multiple dormers providing daylight and creating the undulating flow of the roof,” said William R. Jaycox, AIA, principal of the firm.
“The owner was on board from the beginning regarding the metal roof. In northern Florida, metal is an ideal solution that has great architectural character and authenticity to it. You can put on a hurricane impact-rated aluminum roof that is basically impenetrable to the salt. So that’s a great product and a great resource to us architects.”
The Petersen Aluminum roof system is Class 90 hurricane-rated and, of course, meets Florida building code requirements. “I would consider it a lifetime roof,” Jaycox said. “You can’t hardly get that kind of durability from a roof system. We want our projects to be around 100 years from now, so we put great care into the selection and detailing of products.”
The Snap-Clad panels were installed by Thorne Metal Systems, ofGreen Cove Spring, Florida. The company is a long-time Petersen Aluminum partner and primarily does commercial projects. “But if we do residential, this is the style of house we do,” said Bill Thorne, president and owner. “Anything within a mile of the ocean or a salt environment gets an aluminum roof. We insist on it.”
Given the complexity of the roof design, Thorne is particularly proud of his crew’s attention to detail. “A lot of advance planning went into making sure that the lines from each ridge align with the other side, and line up at the transitions and hip lines,” Thorne said.
Assuring water tightness was a priority due to the many angles and planes of the roof design. “There are a lot of transitions or ‘dead valleys’ where significant amounts of water dump into small areas,” Thorne said. “We worked closely with the GC to make sure we had two to three layers of protection to keep the water out.”
The general contractor on the project was C.F. Knight Inc., also in Jacksonville.