HOW LONG CAN I EXPECT MY ROOF TO LAST??

There are many factors which first have to be considered before an answer can be given…

What is the roofing material?

What is the climate like?

What is the roof design? Is it flat, OR a steep slope?

Was it put on properly, by a trained, licensed contractor?

Will you do the proper annual maintenance?

Most roofs will last approximately 15 to 20 years.  Some roofing materials will last much longer; such as slate, clay tile and certain metals.

If you would like to discuss which roofing material will fit best you and your home, call ATW Roofing for a FREE estimate.

We have a well trained staff of Uniformed, Friendly, and Drug Free Personnel.  ATW takes great pride in being Military Veteran owned.

ATW Roofing’s Services Include:

Roof Installation

Roof Replacement

Roof Repair

Roof Maintenance

Uniform Windstorm Mitigation & Roof Condition Inspections

Call ATW Roofing today at 850-231-9114 for a FREE ESTIMATE.

Or email us at canvasdesk@yahoo.com, atwruss@yahoo.com

We don’t have a lot of snow and ice here in Panama City Beach or South Walton, Florida, but there are other things that can damage your roof in winter. Here are some things that you can do to help protect your roof before cold weather sets in:

1. Inspect and clean your gutters. It’s not a fun job, but it can help keep your roof in good condition. Clogged gutters can cause standing water and leaks. You’ll also want to make sure gutters are properly fastened to each other to protect inside walls.

2. Clear limbs, leaves and debris from the valleys of the roof lines.

3. Make sure flashing is secure and is not ripped or torn. These aluminum pieces protect your roof around the edges; it’s less expensive to fix them before leaks become a problem.

If you find that the scope of a roof inspection is too much for you to do alone then contact us. Our professional roofers can help you save money over the long haul with proper roof maintenance and repairs.

The Sky’s the Limit for Metal Roofing

By Craig A. Shutt

With wildfires, hurricanes, hail and other extreme conditions affecting housing across the country, more homeowners are becoming aware of the potential advantages of metal roofing. Manufacturers are encouraging this interest by introducing a wider range of style options to fit more home designs.

Contractors, too, can benefit from metal roofing. It allows them to offer clients the look of wood shakes, for example, even in wildfire-prone areas of California.

Metal roofs are definitely gaining popularity, according to the Metal Roofing Alliance, which was formed in 1999 to educate both homeowners and contractors about the benefits of the material. The association focuses on the reroofing market, which has the most potential for using metal roofing, explains Bill Hippard, MRA president.

In 1999, the material’s market share for the reroofing market came to about 4 percent. Last year, it totaled 8 percent—a large increase, albeit on a small base. “There is more awareness among both homeowners and roofers about the key benefits offered by metal roofing,” Hippard says.

Tough and versatile
Those benefits include fire and hail resistance, plus strong performance under hurricane conditions, including meeting the very strict code for Dade County, Fla. Metal roofing also is lightweight, weighing one-third as much as asphalt shingles and about 1/20 the weight of clay or tile, Hippard says. That means that homeowners who are reroofing their homes, especially during an addition or other remodeling work, can create the look of heavier materials on their roofs without worrying about needing added support.

There are many options available for creating a new appearance, Hippard notes. “Originally, metal roofing companies offered only vertical, roll-formed panels, which don’t really fit well into suburban neighborhoods. But today, there are products that resemble shingles, tile, slate, cedar shakes and any other product.” It’s even possible to have the panels painted or treated to give the metal an aged appearance, so the “shakes” fit with the age of the home.

The styles and popularity of metal roofing vary regionally. The Southeast, with its high winds, and the West, with its more rustic home designs, are highest in market penetration. The Southeast uses the most metal roofing, with about 14 percent of the market. The Northeast has about 8 percent market share, while the Midwest lags behind.

Pricey—or is it?
Metal roofing must not only surmount a lack of awareness among both homeowners and roofers, but it also has to overcome an initial price differential between its products and asphalt shingles—about two and a half to three times more than asphalt. The 50-year-plus lifetime of metal roofing can create a more equitable lifecycle cost, avoiding replacement for a couple of generations, but few homeowners are considering their home’s maintenance costs 50 years into the future.

However, Hippard sees the cost differential reducing in coming years for several reasons:

  • Higher petroleum costs are causing asphalt shingle prices to rise.
  • The energy tax-credit law that takes effect in 2006 provides a credit for heat-reflective metal roofing, which also will save homeowners in warmer climates money on their energy bills every year—as much as 25 percent in the South.
  • Home appraisers are impressed by the durability of metal roofs, in some cases adding $1.45 per square foot to the value of a home with a metal roof.
  • Insurers, too, are swayed, with some in Texas and Oklahoma providing as much as 35-percent insurance discounts due to the fewer worries of hail penetrating the roof and causing damage. Insurance companies currently are studying how much metal roofs might help protect homes in hurricanes.

“Lifecycle costs are a hard sell, but we expect that to be less critical to the sale because comparative prices are coming down,” Hippard says. “But once the homeowner is interested and sees the other benefits and style options, lifecycle costs make it an easier decision.”

GAF MasterElite

ATW Roofing is factory certified with GAF’s Master Elite program.  Signing with ATW, not only, provides you our industry’s best workmanship warranty, but also provides the best product warranty in the business, through GAF.  With GAF you have the freedom to keep the ‘stock’ warranty with the Base program (already great security,) or the added peace of mind that comes with the System Plus, or the top of the line Golden Pledge programs.  Simply choose what best fits your needs.  Choosing ATW as your contractor and GAF products, you are assured top quality, reputable organizations, and dependable professional contracting; not some “fly-by-nighter.”

Roof ventilation is absolutely critical to the longevity of your roof.   There are ramifications of improper ventilation, well beyond roof life.  Poorly ventilated attic spaces can cause mold/mildew growth, loss of energy efficiency, premature failure of framing members, etc.

Proper ventilation requires movement of air. This can only occur when air can come in at the soffit and exhaust near the peak.  Balanced ventilation is as important an aspect of roofing, as installing the shingles properly.  For instance, lack of ventilation often causes shingles to overheat and the asphalt to become fragile.  This will result in the loss of the aggregate (the small granules on the surface.) Which exposes the shingle to additional damage by UV rays and creates the opportunity for more particle loss which creates a spiral of additional damage.

A common issue, we find in field, is molestation of the soffit venting.  Often roofs will have proper ventilation when installed, but something gets changed over the years.  It is common for home owners to paint their soffit vents.  This paint builds up over time, and chokes the air flow, preventing any real air transfer.  This also voids all manufacturers’ warranties.

Another common (post installation) issue is re-insulation of the home.  Often attic insulation is installed such that it partially (or completely) blocks soffit venting.  Again, this will void your manufacturer’s warranty.  This is the most common cause of choked soffit venting.  It is easily prevented, by ensuring the insulator uses baffles that keep the soffits clear of insulation and allows proper air movement.

Proper roof ventilation can be challenging, but it is very important to consider when installing a roof. Roofing ventilation means allowing air to flow in and out of your attic area.  In many cases, the ultimate goal is to have the temperature of your attic be as close to the temperature outside as possible.  Some people get the idea that you should insulate your attic and keep it completely sealed.  This is incorrect; you want your home to be sealed and insulated, but your attic should have a nice open airflow at all times. This allows hot air to escape in the summer, keeping the attic cooler, and in the winter it keeps the roof surface cold.  You want the roof cold in the winter, because if the roof is warm when it snows, the snow on the roof melts, and then refreezes.  When ice gets to the edges, it causes “Ice Dams” which can send water backwards, up through the shingles.

This is a VERY short ‘study’ on the importance of proper ventilation, but it suffices to say ITS IMPORTANT!!  Home owners should realize they are a critical part of the team in maintaining the health of the roof (and home.)

 

Regular Roof Maintenance for Bay and Walton Counties

If you are considering some updates to your Florida home, chances are you may be thinking ‘hmmm a new hot tub? A swimming pool?  Maybe a deck or updating a room?’ Each is certainly more enjoyable than doing routine maintenance of you roof.  We get it… and we understand that we likely get more excited about roof work on your home than you do…  However ensuring, one of the key features of, your home is in ‘serviceable’ condition is a critical part of keeping your investment in the best possible shape. 

Ignoring a small repair may, grant you the gift of a costly problem down the road, including (possibly a premature roof replacement.) To avoid these situations (and help save money for that hot tub,) you should have your roof inspected at least once a year – perhaps more if the weather conditions have been extreme in recent months.

Most roofing materials will last anywhere from 20 to 30 years, so having your roof inspected annually and doing the proper maintenance should set your mind at ease.  This should ensure that your roof will last for years to come.

Contact ATW Roofing to service all your roofing needs. We have a well trained staff of Uniformed, Friendly, and Drug Free Personnel.  ATW takes great pride in being Military Veteran owned.

 ATW Roofing’s Services Include:

  • Roof Installation
  • Roof Replacement
  • Roof Repair
  • Roof Maintenance
  • Windstorm & Roof Condition Inspections

 Call ATW Roofing today at 850-231-9114 for a FREE ESTIMATE.
Or email us at atwroofing@yahoo.com.

Metal Roofiing Profiles
When it comes to metal roofing products best used, we’ve learned through testing and experience that metal is susceptible to corrosion from salt — some products less than others and if you’re installing near the ocean, it’s important to know which products work well and which do not perform well in these environments.
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Zeroing in on specific metal roofing profiles and products for the Coastal Regions of the United States is a bit challenging — mainly because there is a lot of coastland. Did you realize that 23 of the 50 states have an ocean coastline?

When it comes to metal roofing products best used along the coast, we’ve learned through testing and experience that metal is susceptible to corrosion from salt — some products less than others and if you’re installing near the ocean, it’s important to know which products work well and which do not perform well in these environments.

The general consensus is that galvanized steel is not a recommended choice for installations near the ocean. The salt air damages galvanized steel in a hurry.

There are plenty of workable solutions. In the Architectural Sheet Metal Manual published by the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association you can find plenty of information regarding metals applications and specifications. Aluminum, copper (in air and moisture), lead (atmospheric), stainless steel and tern-coated stainless are listed as “corrosion resistant metals.”

“For coastal areas, roofing materials must be extremely resistant to corrosion as well as wind uplift,” says Ed Thomas, vice president and general manager at Follansbee . “For that reason, standing seam metal roofing functions as a practical choice. Many metal roofs are guaranteed to withstand winds of 120 miles per hour and meet strict Miami-Dade certification codes. In addition, many metal roofing materials are extremely resistant to corrosion.

“When properly installed, stainless steel metal roofing products coated with alloys comprised of a mixture of zinc and tin will provide the highest level of corrosion and condensation resistance available,” Thomas says. Follansbee’s own terne-coated stainless steel roofing materials coated with patented ZT (zinc/tin) alloy have surpassed 29,750 hours of ASTM B 117 salt spray testing with no signs of red rust.

“Other alloys, coated over metals like zinc, aluminum and copper, can also provide enhanced corrosion resistance, and will normally pass between 2,000 to 3,000 hours of salt spray testing,” Thomas says. “It is important to note that chromate, which is used in galvanized roofing, is prone to corrosion and water wash out due to rain, so it should be avoided if specifying a longer lasting metal roofing material is a concern.”

Many in the industry believe this is becoming more common knowledge, but it bears repeating — the least expensive education you can get is learning from someone else’s mistakes.

“The continued improvements in testing standards and awareness of the quality of metal roofing have contributed to an increased level of awareness on the part of the architect and consumer,” Thomas says. “This has led to architects and consumers turning to higher quality metal roofing materials for coastal areas.”

Fasten it right
In addition to battling saltwater conditions, hurricane force winds usually require installers to rethink their approach to installation. Many manufacturers will provide tips for installing their products in high-wind areas. The safest recommendation is to follow the codes — they’re in place for a reason.

Many metal roofing systems are tested to perform in coastal environments by meeting the Florida Building Code or the stricter Miami-Dade Building Code.

Paint it right
Polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) coatings, manufactured from Kynar 500 and/or Hylar 5000 resins, are generally regarded as the top-of-the-line coating for metal roofing panels and shingles. Arkema , the manufacturers of Kynar 500, has a paper on its website, titled, “70% PVDF Coatings for Highly Weatherable Architectural Coatings.” Regarding the durability of PVDF coatings, it says:

“Based on many field experiments, it appears that even the best polyester paints can survive no more than about four or five years in a humid, sub-tropical environment, before significant gloss loss and chalking occur. This may be due both to the photochemical degradation of the polyester polymer backbone, and to the degradation of the crosslinks. Many of these structural features are also shared by some other kinds of fluoropolymer coatings, such as fluorinated ethylene vinyl ether (FEVE) coatings. However, the PVDF resin does not share these features, and is more highly fluorinated and more inert — which may explain its superior weatherability.”

For coastal metal roofing installations, Taylor Metal Products of Salem, Ore., offers MarineGuard, a paint system using PPG’s Duranar SPF Coatings. Applied to 24-gauge Galvalume/Zincalume steel, MarineGuard consists of a .45- to .65-mil primer; a .70- to .90-mil top coat and a .45- to .65-mil clear top coat to hold up best in aggressive saltwater and marine environments.

“It’s developed by PPG as an extra to their Duranar line,” says Keith Bailey, owner of Taylor Metal Products. “As far as I know, we’re the only ones who have branded it and market it as a paint system for use in saltwater area applications.”

Because paints deteriorate at a faster rate in saltwater environments, MarineGuard is one method to extend the life of the product, Bailey says. “It’s for high-end residential applications and signature commercial applications; any applications where the look is important.”

Taylor’s MarineGuard was employed as part of the roofing system on the Ketchikan Public Utilities Building in Ketchikan, Alaska. Andy Rauwolf of Tongass Construction, L.L.C. , in Ketchikan, was asked about recommendations for the project — to replace a metal roof that was about 20 years and had looked “shabby” for more than 10 years. The building is across the street from the ocean.

Rauwolf inquired about MarineGuard and the information supplied by Taylor was enough to convince all concerned to give it a shot. The job was completed last August.

“We had some pretty nasty storms this winter, 100 mph winds, and it looks like it did the day I installed it,” Rauwolf says. “With the environmental issues we face, it’s nice to have these assurances. It is a little more expensive, but in the long run it will be worth it.”

Bailey says there is an additional cost to the system and it’s not as practical for small orders, as all orders are custom. The Ketchikan Public Utilities Building was about 6,000 square feet and done in Tile Red. Each year, Taylor Metal sells MarineGuard on a handful of projects and most are residential.

All manufacturers will warn you about the dangers that stem from installing a metal roofing product near the ocean. It makes sense to choose a product that will endure.
From Metal Roofing Magazine

As a veteran owned company, we are excited to introduce new roof financing for millitary members who qualify.

VIE Magazine

VIE Magazine 2010

Have you read our Fall 2010 interview in VIE Magazine with intro by Gerald Burwell?

Here is an excerpt:

VIE was recently graced with the delightful opportunity to get better acquainted with South Walton-based ATW Roofing and its owner, Britton Bartlett, through an impromptu interview. ATW Roofing brings a new meaning to doing business in a local community. As an architect in my former trade, I have had considerable experience in the building industry. It is refreshing to know, especially in the current financial and business climate, that there is a company like ATW Roofing that not only strives hard to please their clients, but also goes out of their way to serve their community with equal fervor. VIE is proud to showcase this exceptional company, and, on behalf of ATW Roofing, we extend to you an invitation to get to know them better.

Read the complete ATW Interview (PDF format) or visit the viezine website.