gutters: quality vs. color

Guest User
3/28/2004
I'm soon to have a standing seam roof installed. The metal supplier offers about 25 colors for gutters, but only half a dozen in the heavy guage metal. None of these look good with the olive green appearence of the "Antique Patina" roof. (I don't want white) Where can I go to find a heavy guage gutter with the Kynar finish that offers custom color matching or at least more color choices without placing a special order for 6,000 feet of gutter. I can always paint them with Kelly Moore exterior paint but I'm sure that the best latex paint pales in comparison to the Kynar finsh. Can you post or e-mail a list of suppliers in the San Jose area that might offer more choices. Any advice would be appreciated! Thank you for hosting this website. Glenn
Guest User
3/29/2004
Custom-Bilt Metals, based in South El Monte, CA, and Englert Metals, nased in Perth Amboy, NJ, are two MRA members who provide gutters and coil for gutters. I suggest contacting them.
Guest User
3/30/2004
I plan to install a metal roof over asphalt shingles. I want to get gutters with a cap or helmut...is this possible? Looked at several gutter manufacturers recommended on this site and did not see any that offered a cap.
Allan Reid
Dura-Loc Roofing Systems, Inc.
3/30/2004
Try Englert as they have a patent on a Leaf Guard and are members.
Guest User
7/9/2004
Are there differences in metal roofs in their ability to look new and withstand enviromental elements such as salt water, etc. Which company puts out a product for the residential homeowner which has a great product and a great warranty??? We are putting a metal roof on a waterfront home in florida, and it will be exposed to salt water. Whose product would be best suited for our needs? ALSO, for the residential homeowner, do you recommend the 5V-clamp or the standing seam?
Guest User
7/10/2004
As an association of competing metal roofing manufacturers and suppliers, the Metal Roofing Alliance can provide balanced information but we cannot "rate" products one against the other. If you contact individual manufacturers directly, they can, based upon their experiences, give their opinion to you. Metal roofing has huge variety in terms of Looks (standing seam, corrugated, shake, shingle, slate, tile profiles), Finishes (mill finish, various qualities of paint finishes, and aggregate coatings), and Fastening (exposed fasteners, concealed fasteners, direct-to-deck, or over battens). For a waterfront home, you will wnat to look at wind testing the product has bassed. Many products have passed the UL 1897 and/or UL 580 uplift tests required by Dade County, FL. You will also want to look at corrosion resistance. This can take into consideration the base metal and any protective coatings on it. Some base metals (aluminum, copper) will never red-rust even in corrosive environments. Quality steels, on the other hand, have zince and/or aluminum coatings on the steel to help guard against corrosion. For finishes on the metal, there is a wide variety of paint finishes with Kynar/Hylar finishes widely know as the paint finishes with the strongest warranties. The aggregate (stone) coatings used on some steel shake and tile profiles are also very durable as well as attractive. As for fastening, through-fastened products often have little built-in allowance for expansion and contraction. Product design (such as smaller modulart panels) can keep this from being a risk. Exposed fasteners, often protected by grommeted cap screws, involve holes through the surface of the roofing. Concealed and clip fasteners are protected by the weather and also are designed to allow for the metal's expansion and contraction. One thing I will render my personal observation on because I think most people will agree with it: For residential applications, I have seen much greater success when a solid roof deck is in place (whether the metal panels are fastened direct to it or on battens fastened to it) than with applications where the panels are placed over open battens. I hope this helps. Thanks for thinking of metal.
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