Saturday, June 11th 2016, an F3 tornado with winds exceeding 160 miles per hour touched down in Baker, Montana. In a small community of 1,200 residents, the town was devastated but luckily no lives were lost. Three homeowners with Gerard roofs were in the eye of the storm...
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A Gerard Roofing case study - EcoSmart Demonstration Home Shalimar, Florida
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Flames Engulf SoCal Homes
During the early hours of January 16, 2014, in the dangerously dry foothills of Southern California’s San Gabriel Mountains, the first spark of a wildfire ignited, eventually growing to ravage almost 2000 acres before firefighters could fully contain it. The gusty Santa Ana winds worsened matters, agitating the fire’s embers and making its unruly spread into the neighboring city of Glendora, California, a swift certainty. Nearly 2000 residents awoke in the morning darkness by orders to evacuate the area, the inferno giving them little hope for relief from the damage to come. The fire raged as it traveled simultaneously up and down the Glendora mountain road, smothering many of the homes in its path—many, but not all: “Four of my neighbors’ homes burned to the ground,” recounts Elizabeth Teakell,
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Tinder debris collects under regular barrel tile roofs which are combustible by flying embers.
As wildfires ravage the West Coast, tens of thousands of Californians evacuate their homes with little hope of returning to them intact. Heat waves and Santa Ana high winds exacerbate the issue, creating the impetus of extreme fire devastation; early damage estimates in the coastal city of Carlsbad alone near the $20 million mark as homes are reduced to ashes. While firefighters work to contain the flames, homeowners should learn best-protection practices against future devastation. As past Southern Californian wildfires like those in Cedar Ridge, Harmony Grove and Witch Creek demonstrate, metal roofs offer premium shields.
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Granite Ridge Roof After Extreme Tornado Compared with Damage of Other Roofs
On Sunday, 17 November 2013, residents of Washington, Illinois experienced the severe impact of a large wedge tornado strike with wind speeds documented at up to 190 mph. While the tornado is now long gone, a nightmare of destruction for homeowners in the area has been left in its tracks with over 1,400 homes majorly damaged or completely destroyed. Amidst the evidence of the tornado’s torment, however, one home stands strongly, seemingly untouched by the trauma. The McCaskey home, surrounded by countless others with obvious signs of damage, represents a glimmer of hope in reducing the blow in the face of extreme weather. Additionally, the devastating events of that day in Washington can teach us the ways in which our homes may offer fortress-like protection during an environmental trauma of such magnitude.
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With new building constructions, costs come from every angle. Developers and homeowners alike must consider how to save on ongoing as well as initial costs. As Gerard Roofing Technologies’ Steve Kelchlin asserts, “Everyone is going to metal roofing because the lifecycle cost is cheaper than every other alternative. It’s time that new residential constructions caught on and learned the benefits of a stone-coated metal roofing systems. The benefits of choosing a stone-coated metal roofing system will create engineering and build savings in new building construction costs, and those savings will offset the additional cost of your premium metal roofing material. Furthermore, this choice will offer the best
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When a local business consistently delivers a service to its customers, who get more than a lifetime of satisfaction, savings and enjoyment, everybody can celebrate - so that's what we are doing. You, too, can celebrate now that you’ve read this and know the best roof solution that many people are not aware of. So here’s to celebrating “over 40” in the USA! “We make the best and most beautiful metal roofs in four profiles and eighteen standard colors,"
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Glendora homes recently experienced the full fury of neighborhood wild fire with devastating home losses.... but not for Elizabeth Teakel, as best described by Elizabeth herself: "This is a picture of North Glendora Ave., in Glendora, CA, with the fire on three sides of our home. The only damage sustained by the house was at this back corner which is about 8 feet from the cliff edge. With minimal damage to the structure they put out a small fire in the back corner. The 1910 guest house on the cliff edge also survived and the fire burned right up to the structure. It also has your roof on it. The big barn and tack room burned to the ground.
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We experience price inflation every day. Unfortunately, this is an unavoidable and unstoppable part of life. That does not mean that we cannot do anything about it, however. By taking action in other areas of our mandatory expenses, we can substantially reduce living costs that we may have previously considered to be just as inevitable as price inflation. This article explores how metal roofing can help you manage cringe-worthy price rises. When exposed to normal and extreme climatic conditions,
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Barcelona Barrel Vault
Because cement is such a strong material once set, on the surface, one may consider it the best material for a residential roof; with this line of thinking, cement would yield the strong roof that everyone desires and needs. However, we must consider the implications of cement roofing tiles more deeply than the surface, especially how they fare against others types. In this article, we’ll compare the pros and cons of cement tile roofing with metal roofing.
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As a homeowner, you are well aware of the importance of ensuring that every aspect of your home is capable of successfully passing the many tests it will face. Many measures can be taken to be as prepared as possible, but one of the most important preparations is having a roof composed of a durable product that will help in providing optimal shelter decade after decade. This article delves into the many benefits of a Gerard metal roof. Gerard's stone-coated steel metal roofing weighs only 1.4ppsf (pounds per square foot), making it one of the safest roofs in seismic regions as compared to other roofing materials, such as asphalt shingles and cement or clay tiles.
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South Jordan, Utah--Headwaters Inc., (NYSE: HW), a building products company dedicated to improving lives through innovative advancements in construction materials, has acquired the assets of Metals USA's roofing products business ("Gerard" and "Allmet"). Founded in the USA in 1981, Gerard pioneered the world-wide stone-coated metal roofing industry and is the second largest manufacturer in the United States. There are seven primary metal profiles which include their famous Classic Tile, Barrel Vault, and Canyon Shake profiles.
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This article will discuss 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.
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The benefits of metal roofs over traditional technologies have proven to be overwhelming. They are resistant to an array of extreme conditions, from ice damming and high-winds to fire and beyond. However, all metal roofs are not created in the same way. With so many metal roofing options, how can a homeowner be sure they are selecting the one that best suits their needs and desires? This article explores the various metal roofing options to help you decide on the one that is best for your home and climate.
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Gerard’s stone coated steel is the most hurricane safe roof on the market. They have been tested with 170 mph winds with no damage. Every year they are put to the test weathering hurricanes and tropical storms, and they continue to outperform every other roofing material. With the dire prediction of an intense hurricane season,
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Wasserman Home
San Diego, California, Fire: October 2003 The toll is 22 dead, 3400 homes lost and more than three quarters of a million acres of forest and brush land burned. The worst ever fires in California cost more than two billion dollars. This firestorm tore through six communities simultaneously, across a 200-mile front from northern Los Angeles to the Mexico border.
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“Florida will test any roofing material about as severely as it can be tested. Typical shingle roofs don’t even last their warranty period here. More and more, the fact that a metal roof system will pretty much last a lifetime, justifies the cost. Because of the lightweight material, and the maintenance-free aspect of the roofing, [Gerard] seems to be the clear choice to me.” – Jim Mitchell, A.I.A., Genesis Architecture, FL
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Hurricane damage to a home in the Florida Keys - the Gerard roof remains untouched.damage to the house
Gerard's stone coated steel tile roofs are guaranteed to withstand winds of 120 MPH thanks to their toughness, interlocking nature, and solid attachment schedule. Independent wind tunnel tests verified our tiles could withstand winds of 200 + MPH, which is no surprise if you talk to the hundreds of happy Gerard customers living in areas of the country frequented by tornados and hurricanes. Read our Real Life Wind Stories from happy Gerard customers who have experienced hurricanes and tornadoes under a Gerard stone coated steel tile roof.
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Homes with Gerard's stone coated steel roofs survive the 1983 neighborhood fires in Oakland, California
Gerard stone coated metal tile roofs have a Class-A fire rating - the best fire rating in the industry ! Our quality materials combined with our interlocking tile technology, and solid installation methods completely seals and protects the wooden under-deck against outside fires. Flying embers can not breach our tightly interlocking and overlapping metal tiles, while "dead air" space between the tile and wooden roof deck offers superior insulation even against actual wood fires burning on-top of our roofs ! We know this not only because every home in the 1983
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Like any roofing product manufacturer, we tell homeowners our Metal Roofs will last a long time. But unlike other roofing product manufacturers, WE CAN PROVE IT!!! All products are only as good as the Warranty that backs them up. Not only are Gerard Metal Roofs backed by an industry leading Lifetime Limited Warranty, we’ve been around long enough (more than thirty years) to prove our claims.
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