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Dry, Safe & Secure - Home Gets New Metal Roof to Ward of Elements in Reno, Nevada

Posted By WSRCA, Friday, November 3, 2017

Dry, Safe & Secure

Home Gets New Metal Roof to Ward of Elements in Reno, Nevada


Courtesy of: Western Roofing Magazine, Marcus Dodson

Homeowners who get over 50 years of service life out of a wood shake residential roof are getting their money’s worth. That’s what happened recently in Northern Nevada. During the last few years of roof life there were problems: curling, missing shingles after a wind, and then the inevitable leaks began. It was clearly time for a new roof.

The Reno, Nevada, homeowners did some research. Since the Reno/Tahoe area had been prone to lightning-caused fires in recent years, they needed a Class A roof. Freeze/thaw is also a concern in this climate, and they further wanted a roofing system that would help keep the home cool in the summer and warm in the winter. After looking into tile and fiberglass laminated shingles, they chose to go in a different direction. Decra® Villa Tile was chosen for it's classic beauty, elegance, and architectural detail of an old world Italian tile.

Steve Gubera, regional manager Pacific Northwest for Decra, said, "It is always a compliment when Decra is chosen by homeowners who have looked at many different roofing products. I feel the Decra Villa Tile was a great choice for this project not only for its appearance, but also for its performance. The location of the project is at the base of the Sierra Mountains, which gets extreme wind and weather.

Decra has nearly 60 years of experience with performance in extreme weather conditions all over the world." Decra panels are structural grade steel, with a minimum tensile strength of 52 KSI. They are rigid enough to tolerate reasonable loads, while allowing profile designs without the risks of cracking or significant elastic recovery. The Decra Roofing Systems' design allows for roofing panels that contain numerous protective layers. Each of these layers serves the dual function of protection or adhesion for the next processing step.

The multi-layer steel panels are topped off with ceramic-coated granules and an overglaze. D&D Roofing & Sheetmetal, Sparks, Nevada, was the roofing contractor selected for this project. Rich Borden of D&D Roofing stated that, “Our crews like working with Decra. The quality of the material is consistently good and the interlocking panels go down smoothly. Homeowners really like the Decra product line. The realistic look and depth of the panels complement custom and high-end projects.” D&D chose to get a Premium Report from EagleView® Technologies.

"The reports from EagleView make it easier for our estimators and speed up the time it takes to get our bid to the homeowner. With the report, we get aerial imagery, a 3D diagram of the roof, and accurate measurements of ridges, valleys, eaves, as well as the area," explained Borden. While not required, the homeowners elected to have the panels installed on battens, further increasing the airflow. The system also does not require a roof tear-off, but the homeowners chose to do so. New plywood decking was installed where needed, followed by Feltex® synthetic underlayment, with CertainTeed® Winterguard(TM) HT peel and stick underlayment at the eaves and valleys. Next, the wood battens were applied, followed by the Decra metal roof panels and bird stops. The 6,500 sq.ft. roof also had two small skylights and one large skylight that had to be custom built. New gutters all around completed the project.

The Villa Tile profile that was selected for this project mimics a tile roof look, but is a fraction of the weight. The design of the Villa Tile reduces heated air entering an attic space. The barrels are 3-1/4" high, providing an offset from the roof deck, which contributes to the continuous airflow across the deck and helps to pull the heated air away from the attic. Less heated air in the attic equates to less stress on the cooling system, and lower energy consumption. In addition to being energy efficient, each panel is made from steel, which is durable and has upwards of 25% post-consumer recycled steel content. The Villa Tile installation was straightforward, with clean edges, smart elements, and natural color variations. The steel-coated panels look like clay tile from the street, but weigh much less than other roofing materials.

They are Class 4 impact resistant, freeze/thaw resistant, and steel is a non-combustible, Class A rated material. "Decra Villa Tile has no exposed fasteners, and comes with a Lifetime Limited warranty as well as a 120 mph wind warranty so the roof should be able to withstand anything Mother Nature throws at it. From an environmental point of view, steel is the most recycled product in the world. Decra is also compatible with water recovery systems due to the fact that nothing harmful washes off the roof as the product ages," stated Gubera. With this hidden fastener system, the panels are low maintenance and walkable.

While originally scheduled to be finished within a couple weeks, the project took almost two months to complete. This was due to weather delays and the need to fabricate the large custom skylight. Despite the delays, the homeowners remained content with the quality and progress of the work. They are pleased with the look and security of their new roof and now have one less thing to worry about the next time severe weather hits Northern Nevada.


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