A Multifaceted Roof
Complex aluminum roof project produces
When the existing roof of the Wendel residence
reached the end of its life due to a severe hailstorm that
destroyed thousands of roofs in and around San Antonio in early
2016, the homeowner knew that getting it replaced would be no
simple task. Located in Beorne, Texas, this home's roof has over
200 facets and a surface area of 9,150 square feet. The most
prominent features of this roof are its two geodesic domes,
numerous dormers with flying gables, and many windows that are
integrated into the roof.
The homeowner decided to re-roof the home using
Piqua, Ohio-based Classic Metal Roofing Systems' Oxford Shingle
aluminum roofing system. They chose Dark Charcoal as the color to
complement their distinctive home's stone exterior of buff and tan
colors. Al-Co Metal Roofing, San Antonio, served as
contractor for the project with Bryan Wood and Sunshine
Installations, Heflin, Ala., as the roofing installer.
Though the incredibly low weight Oxford Shingle
system can usually be installed over the old roof, in this
situation it was determined to be best to remove the storm-damaged
shingles before installing the new roof. In early 2017, the old
roof was removed from the house and it came time for the new roof
to be installed. "Nothing was easy with this project," says Chuck
Roberts, of Al-Co Metal Roofing. "Simply knowing where to start and
in what order to install the new roof was a challenge."
One unique challenge
that the contractor and installer had to face was having multiple
roof facets at the same elevation with different pitches with the
more gradual pitch shedding to the steeper pitch. Roberts expressed
that he had never before had to deal with such a complex roof.
The contractor made the project easier by
establishing a common line of orientation, which allowed them to
reference each facet. In addition, they worked together with the
installer to use the interlocking panels of the Oxford Shingle to
their advantage. They copied this special interlocking
characteristic of the shingles by joining the roof facets together
using Z-shaped gable and valley trim. Also, the contractor and
installer used starter strip in a unique way to ensure that the
roof could resist high winds and shed water properly.
According to Roberts, the end result was a
significant upgrade in appearance from the original roof. The
Oxford Shingle's concealed fasteners and beautiful profile provide
the distinctive natural beauty of a high-end slate roof with all
the benefits of a metal roof.
Complete with a baked-on PVDF finish from Minneapolis
based-Valspar, the roof will retain its beauty and
durability over several decades, unlike a composition roof which is
unlikely to last more than 15 years in the harsh south Texas
climate on such an intricate roof with water flowing from so many
directions. Furthermore, since the completion of the project, the
aluminum roof will keep the homeowner's energy bill lower than it
would be with a non-metal roof.
"This job was a huge undertaking," says Todd Miller,
president of Classic Metal Roofing Systems. "When I first saw it, I
believe my comment was that I wouldn't wish that roofline on my
worst enemy. It's certainly one of the most difficult and intricate
metal roof installations I have seen in my 35-plus years in this
industry. However, Al-Co and Sunshine approached the project
professionally and like true design engineers. They figured out how
to make things come together and create a wonderful worry-free
roofing future for the homeowners. Undoubtedly, on a home like
that, having a long-term, worry-free roof is of great benefit to
the home's value."
Upon completion, the contractor was very satisfied
with the result of the project as well. They had completed their
most difficult roofing project yet and the homeowner was entirely
satisfied with their work. Looking back at the final product,
Roberts says, "Our belief at Al-Co Metal Roofing is 'If we can roof
this, we can do any project.' Metal was the clear choice for such a
Evan Miller is marketing support for
Isaiah Industries Inc., Piqua, Ohio. Classic Metal Roofing Systems
is a company of Isaiah Industries. To learn more, visit www.isaiahindustries.com and www.classicmetalroofingsystems.com.