How Gerard metal roofing systems pass the climate-related tests that your roof may have to endure. Though some of these are regionally concentrated, most are conditions that homeowners across the nation must consider when planning their next roofing project.
Gerard’s roofing systems provide the performance of steel in a full complement of profiles and colors to suit your style, from their Canyon Shake woodshake tile to Granite Ridge metal shingles and beyond. Because of their strength and durability, Gerard roofs withstand the elements, not only enhancing your structure’s appeal but your property’s value as well.
A broad range of features allow Gerard metal roofing systems to provide your home with optimal protection and efficiency gains. Their lightweight material (only 1.4 pounds per square foot) reduces the threat of roof collapse and damage under strenuous conditions. Additionally, these roofs have optimal fire and impact ratings. Moreover, the systems are coupled by comprehensive warranties, including lifetime non-prorated limited product, 120 mph wind and 2.5” hailstone warranties.
All in all, no matter the circumstances, Gerard roofing systems are built to never warp, crack, rot or break. Gerard uses highly UV-reflective natural granite stone chips that are bonded and sealed to stamped 26-gauge Galvalume® steel panels, which interlock for superior sealing and resistance qualities. With the advantages of a structurally strong system, installation techniques can vary and allow for a large air space between the deck and the panels. Gerard’s full range of profiles and colors constitute a premium roofing system with the benefits of insulation, ventilation and noise reduction. For these reasons, despite the tests of the elements, a roof by Gerard will be the last one your home will ever need.
Now let’s discuss the specifics of how these roofing systems stand up to each of the four elements.
When discussing the extreme conditions in terms of the least subtle of the elements, earth, we’re talking about earthquakes. While earthquakes most predominately rumble the west coast of the United States, they’ve been known to do so as far East as New York.
Gerard roofing systems are apt at withstanding earthquakes because of their lightweight material, robust fastening and sheer strength. In fact, an independent survey of the aftermath of the Northridge, California, earthquake of January 17, 1994 showed minor damage to only 1% of homes protected by metal roofing systems. Conversely, over 50% of concrete and clay roofs observed were significantly damaged.
Extreme conditions related to water include snow, hail and rain. The weight of snow and ice introduces risks of roof stress and consequential collapse. Gerard’s installation methods offer superior protection against snow and ice damming. When installed atop a batten or counter-batten grid, for example, a large air space is created, which helps stabilize your under-roof temperature, reducing ice damming. (Not to mention, this same installation technique also substantially reduces heat gain in the hot summer months, lowering energy usage and increasing overall comfort.) Moreover, a well-insulated attic and well-ventilated roof, like Gerard's, will prevent heat from escaping, protecting the roof from conditions that cause ice dams and snow buildup.
In addition to ice damming issues, rooftop snow melting can cause water seepage and, consequently, rot roofs, destroy insulation, flood attics, ruin gutters and damage a home’s interior. Likewise, the humidity of warmer climates can yield hellish issues for homeowners, namely with condensation buildup causing mold and fungus growth. Gerard roofing systems are watertight and weatherproof to protect your home from such water-related nightmares.
Furthermore, through careful research and testing, Gerard has developed 26-gauge steel panels that are able to stay intact under the pressure of intense impacts, such as from large hailstones or pieces of debris crashing into them. The strength and durability of these roofsis backed by a Class 4 impact rating and 2.5” hailstone warranty, allowing your family and insurance company to rest easily.
Fires are commonplace occurrences in arid and desert climates. Luckily for homeowners with this issue, Gerard’s non-combustible steel panels keep fire at bay. Their interlocking design does not allow dangerous wind-blown embers to ignite wooden roof understructures while their lightweight construction reduces the risk of roof collapse. Gerard’s roofing systems have the highest fire-resistance rating (Class A) to ensure the safety of your home, whether it’s part of an urban or rural landscape.
Because metal roofs do not burn, your home will be protected from neighboring fire-related mishaps that could otherwise turn into a homeowner’s worst nightmare. If a home with a Gerardroofing system is set ablaze, the metal roof will minimize the fire's spreading.
Closing our discussion are air- or wind-related conditions that Gerard's metal roofing systems can offer protection against, including tornados and hurricanes. The United States experiences more tornados each year than the rest of the countries in the world combined. Tropical cyclones and hurricanes strike the far southern areas of the United States and its east coast. Not only do hurricanes cause heavy rains, but the wind speeds associated with them wreak destruction throughout the areas they hit. Similarly, tropical cyclones are coupled with intense winds and tornadic activity.
Not only do these roofing systems provide comfort in the form of noise reduction, but they also offer superior protection against wind. Gerard’s stone-coated metal roofing systems have been independently evaluated and tested, surpassing industry standards for high-velocity wind and wind-driven rain. Their interlocking steel panels stand up to extreme winds with dramatically less damage than asphalt, concrete or clay roofs. Gerard’s roofing systems are backed by a lifetime 120 mph wind warranty to further solidify the protection that this investment will provide your home with. Though the warranty guarantees the roof to shield against winds up to 120 mph, Gerard roofing systems are documented to have withstood much higher wind pressure, such as during the recent Washington, Illinois, tornadic storm with winds up to 190 mph. In conclusion, choosing Gerard for your next roofing project will allow you to benefit from the security and savings of the best roof in the industry, despite what the elements throw your way.