Metal Roof Lowes

Metal Roof Lowes

So the primary type of metal roof that both of these stores sell is a 5-rib (R-panel profile) 29 ga steel roof panels with acrylic coating. This is an “exposed fastener system that is VERY easy to install for roofers and homeowners alike, and provides great protection from rain, snow and ice. Unlike asphalt shingles, it is a long-lasting roof covering (with proper maintenance). Here is how a 5-rib metal roof is installed on battens, over old shingles:
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Metal Roof Lowes

When it comes to color, this is a decision that you the homeowner can determine without all the technical jargon that comes with understanding other aspects of metal roof panels. It’s important to realize that manufacturers are baking colors onto the metal in a multi-step process that greatly enhances the overall quality of the metal panel. It’s less expensive to do coatings in a factory setting than it is for a professional to do it in the field. Color selection is a subject matter that can easily take up a full article. But basically, beyond what we’ve already touched on, you’ll want to give careful attention to coordinating color with other parts of the structure it is being applied to, contrasting it where that is appropriate and recognize that a properly installed metal roof on a home, with complete coloring, can greatly enhance curb appeal.
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Metal Roof Lowes

Home Depot provides standing seam panels. But the majority of what is provided from the two stores is the exposed fastener variety of panels. Another significant difference between the two is that the interlocking panels allows the overall metal roof to naturally expand or contract depending on how heat naturally affects metal. High heat (hot days) will lead to slight expansion while cooler temps (winter days) lead to contraction in the metal. With exposed fasteners, the difference is slight, but enough so that over several years, the fasteners will be impacted, loosened, and thus breaking what was otherwise a solid seal. The metal material itself is likely good to go for another 30 years or more beyond this, but because of the exposed fastener system, it may need to be addressed by re-fastening all areas. Standing seam with its concealed fasteners, will generally last a solid 40 years, even up to 75 years, as the seals are not as impacted by the hot/cold cycles.
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Metal Roof Lowes

Whereas our research shows Lowe’s having limited options (under 10) for metal roofing panels, Home Depot offers at least 25 options, and more when taking color into account. Home Depot carries 2 brands when it comes to metal roof paneling: again the popular Fabral brand as well as Metal Sales, which is the predominant offering from Home Depot. Metal Sales is a manufacturer that’s been in business roughly as long as Fabral, though not as well known.
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Metal Roof Lowes

Fabral is an exciting company specializing in manufacturing a wide variety of residential and commercial metal roofing profiles including standing seam (concealed fasteners), R panels (exposed fasteners), corrugated metal roofing (exposed fasteners) and metal wall panels. You can pick from a wide selection of residential metal roofing styles with architectural design features. Fabral in partnership with Lowe’s currently offers systems available in 29, 26, 24 gauge steel. if live near a salt spray environment such as coastal shore line, and would like to go with aluminum, instead, then order your panels directly from Fabral by vising their website. – They carry standing seam metal panels available in .032″ and .040″ Aluminum.
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Metal Roof Lowes

The important thing though is the web pages for these manufacturers shows that the retail stores are carrying a very limited selection of what each offers. Looking at the Metal Sales page, you’ll notice they have a number of concealed fastener metal roofing systems, though Home Depot (not to mention Lowe’s) carries none. Sticking with the Metal Sales product page (for residential), each panel is nicely presented, with pictorial measurements, available steel gauges, and a number of related resources (specification type sheets) to name a few things. Below their Product Finder is a link for “Colors and Finishes.” Again, Metal Sales was the only product line at both stores that has more than one color offering, and their main website shows at least 3 times the color options Home Depot carries for Metal Sales products.
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Metal Roof Lowes

States where ice dams, hail damage or wild fires are common problems, are prime locations to carry metal panels, because metal roofing is excellent at preventing ice dams, stopping hail or fire. In fact, in many states where wildfires are a big problem, homeowners can get home a insurance discount if they install a metal roof.
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Metal Roof Lowes

Metal continues to be a trending material for home roofs. It offers great variety in style and colors. Styles can include paneling (the most popular option), tiles, shingles/slate, and shake. Whatever other materials can do in terms of style for a roof (i.e. wood shake or ceramic tiles), metal can mimic it. Here are a few reasons why metal is gaining in popularity:
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When it comes to exposed fastener metal roof systems, Lowe’s has a small amount of corrugated and ribbed style panels. They primarily carry two manufacturers, the popular Fabral brand and the steadfast Union Corrugating Company (established in the 1950’s). The product offerings from Lowe’s by these 2 metal roofing companies are nearly identical, and the quality is essentially the same. The gauge for their corrugated metal panels is around 31, and for the ribbed panels, it is 29, possibly as low as 26.

There are a few caveats to consider if going through Home Depot or Lowe’s as the middlemen in purchasing products. Color options will be limited quite a bit. For the average consumer, metal tiles, metal shingles and metal shake are not readily attainable from these stores. With that in mind, we will focus on the metal panels that are offered and available, plus make note of the other materials needed for installation, all of which are available from these stores.
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In most of the US regions, products like asphalt shingles are much more popular than metal panels, which would not sell as well, while taking up valuable retail space. On the other hand, the weather conditions in northern states and in the Midwest create a much bigger demand for metal roof panels from homeowners and small contractors.
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Like all things roofing, a professional contractor is your best bet for installation of metal roof. This article, however, is taking a different approach as we focus on products you can obtain through Home Depot and/or Lowe’s. A local carpenter or professional roofer may still be how the product gets installed, but depending on the home remodeling project and your needs, the DIY approach is within reach for many metal roofing applications.
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Lowe’s also offers a Union Corrugating brand ridge cap, or metal strip that is installed at a roof’s peak, so two slopes can have a more uniform appearance. At Lowe’s, these are generally unpainted metal pieces that are 6 feet long, 10 inches wide and cost $8.00.
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Our primary focus will be for roofs, but not just home roofs. For this article a roof means covering for a home, garage, patio/deck covering, shed, and/or other outbuilding. It’s helpful to understand parts of a roof (for a home) and if not already familiar with that, Lowe’s uses this web page to help with terms like sheathing, underlayment, valleys and flashing, to name a few.
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b) The corrugated metal style is more of a constant rippled pattern, similar to how ceramic tiles appear on a rooftop. Corrugated metal panels are a popular or traditional design choice for sheds. Because exposed fasteners are easy enough for anyone to work with, they are not limited to roofs only. Many home exterior remodeling projects will make use of them in a variety of ways, such as a siding material. Do enough research on your own, and you’ll see home owners who’ve discovered interior uses for metal panels in ways that may be bold, but certainly can add character to any living space seeking a industrial appearance.
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In our 2016 research, we found very little color options available through Lowe’s. Essentially the material is unfinished bare-metal or sold with a silver (natural metal, galvanized steel) finish. Some may prefer this as it allows you to apply (spray) a paint color of your choice, or leave as is, depending on the project. Be sure though when applying paint to metal paneling that you use more durable paints with ceramic pigments, if possible and anything that will aid in rust resistance.
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Besides sealing, proper knowledge understands the size of the project. Say a roof is 400 square feet, and panels are each 4 ft by 10 feet. The beginner may think 10 panels will perfectly do it. The experienced installer will get 1 to 2 extra panels because counting on something going wrong or a need for just a little bit more, is proper planning. Unused panels that are not tarnished in any way can likely be returned/refunded if not needed in your project. Proper knowledge also relates to cutting/trimming metal, marking it without damaging it, and understanding slope or pitch. On many of the products available at the two stores a minimum pitch is required for installation, usually 3/12. And it goes without saying that a very steep slope is not something for the beginner to tackle, as even an experienced professional will consider it a challenge, but have confidence from previous experience.