Why Metal Roofing?
If green is the new black, then in the world of roofing, metal is the new wood shake shingle. Often times, people are surprised to learn that different types of metal roofing exist, let alone that they’ve been available for over 50 years. True Green Roofing Solutions, based in Reno, Nevada, specializes in metal roofing—and while they can and do supply other roofing materials, they can recommend and consult on almost any project.
“We live by the rule…’don’t do 2,000 things 10 times, do 10 things 2,000 times,’” laughs Audrey Smith, True Green’s owner. “We have high efficiencies in place to minimize additional costs to the consumer, and our level of customer service is unparalleled.”
Green Roofing Solutions does a significant amount of business in the stone coated metal shake, tile and Spanish tile from manufacturers like Gerard, a subsidiary company of Metals USA. At 1.5 pounds per square foot, stone-coated metal roofing is viable for new construction as well as old shakes and decaying composition (systems can actually be installed directly over old roofs, effectively adding extra insulation and eliminating landfill waste). These versatile roofing systems install quickly and easily over a 2×2 wood batten system. They also help reduce energy costs, as the stone-coated steel systems allow for continuous airflow across the deck, which means less heated air in the attic. This results in less stress on the cooling system and lower energy consumption. In areas such as ours that experience all four seasons, these systems add an average insulating factor of R11 to a house, creating a more efficiently cooled or heated home.
True Green’s Gerard systems are the only stone-coated steel systems proven to withstand the climate extremes and snow loads found in the Truckee/Tahoe Donner and Lake Tahoe areas. They are class A–rated for fire, come with a lifetime warranty and are authorized for use by the respective building departments throughout the area. While Gerard products are among the most popular metal roofing products in the northern Nevada market, there is also a great deal of interest in the painted shake, slate and wood-grained shingles from companies like Future Roof and Interlock, also available through True Green Roofing Solutions.
The use of innovative products such as these resulted in True Green being recognized in the Idea Book published by the Metal Roofing Association in 2008 for the steel slate replacement of graphite wood shingles for an intricate Lake Tahoe waterfront home—a significant achievement given the regulatory nature of any type of construction, remodel or improvement done at the Lake.
True Green Roofing Solutions is a company dedicated to quality and customer service. Their materials are environmentally conscious and add protection, value, energy efficiency and lifetime assurances for homeowners. As an efficient company, they are able to pass savings on to their customers, and by using a licensed contractor who is certified and experienced with the installation of metal roofs, greater efficiencies, less waste, and the timely completion of the job results in additional savings as well.
Offering a variety of materials to fit all residential and commercial applications, in many styles for many budgets, True Green Roofing Solutions may be the solution to putting your roofing worries behind you.
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Originally published in Builders Magazine