Ewing Farm near Wooster, Ohio has been in the family for over 200 years

Ewing Farm near Wooster, Ohio has been in the family for over 200 yearsGalvalume Weather Lock 26Ga

Few things now days last for 50 years, and the fact that something has been in the same family for over 200 years is an amazing fact. William Ewing purchased 2,000 acres near Wooster OH in 1812, and that property has remained in the family until this day. Altho there have been improvements and renovations made over the years, many of the structures remain.

In the life of a farmer, the barn is a very important structure and a staple to the farmer’s way of life. The original barn that was on the Ewing property burned to the ground in 1939 because of a lightning strike. At that time the Ewing barn was the largest barn in all of Wayne County, so it was a loss of epic proportions. As was the custom in that day, everyone in the area was willing to volunteer and rebuild the structure, however, because of the cost that was involved, the barn that was rebuilt was smaller than the original one.Galvalume Weatherlock Plus

Five years ago, the family decided to update the home that was located on the property. Among the many things that they upgraded they lifted the home, and dug a new basement under the home. They also installed a new metal roof on the home and added a lot of details to the exterior. In October of 2016, the owners turned their focus to the Barn. There was an addition that was added to the side, the roofing was replaced with Galvalume Standing Seam, and a number of other improvements were made. Throughout the entire prosses, the family was concerned in maintaining the timeless style that the original buildings were designed to have. Classic Metals was privileged to be involved in manufacturing the Standing seam for the Barn On-Site, and the project went very well.

All of us here at Classic Metals and First Choice Exteriors, want to Congratulate the Ewing Family on a beautiful property and wish  you all many more years of enjoyment.Home


Polk Church of Christ, has stood the test of Time

Polk Church of Christ, has stood the test of Time

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In this modern time of fast paced technology, and disposable products, it feels refreshing to hear about a Church / Congregation that has stood the test of time. One of those examples is the Church of Christ in Polk Oh. The current church building itself was built in 1906, however the congregation was founded by Thomas Campbell, and his son Alexander in 1840. Starting in about 1860 the congregation started regular monthly meetings, and in 1870 they decided to erect a church building. Jacob B. Fast, a carpenter from Troy Township built the church for $1,500.00 and dedicated it on February 19 1871.






There were many hard times and good times throughout the years, and in 1890 it looked like the church might dissolve into the pages of history, however on July 28th 1897, five woman convened to form the Ladies Aid Society with a goal to secure a suitable place to hold preaching services in Polk. Through much determination, fundraising and hard work they raised the funds needed to build a new church building in January 1906. A few of the costs of interest that were involved were an Organ– $34.48, 8 dozen chairs–$41.56, Hymnals–$8.00, and the land for–$250.00.Polk Church Steeple 2

Classic Metals was contacted when the time came to replace the existing asphalt shingle roofing with a 24ga Standing seam roof. One of the challenges to the project, was the fact that the steeple roof was curved, and the question was asked if it was possible to install steel roofing in such a application. We worked with the installers to calculate the amount of curve that was needed, and then manufactured the panels in-house to those specs. A big advantage that Classic Metals was able to provide, is that the curving is done at our location, rather then shipping the material from another source. The final project came together very nicely, and the congregation of the church could not be more pleased with the final outcome.

If you happen to be in the Polk Ohio area, be sure to stop by, or attend a service, and take part is a piece of history that has stood the test of time, and been in operation for over 150 years.

Service times are as follows……Sunday School–9:30, Morning Worship–10:30, Bible Study ( Second Sunday of the Month )–11:30

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Asphalt Shingles need replacement after only 12 Years

Asphalt Shingles need replacement after only 12 Years

When Gene and Barb Wintersole originally purchased their home, they were not aware that a roof replacement was in their near 26 ga Slatefuture, however, there was no way to avoid it. Several years after purchasing the home, they realized that the asphalt shingles were deteriorating fast, after being installed for less than 12 years. They attempted to contact the shingle manufacturer for a warranty claim, but were told that because they were not the original owners, the roof was no longer under warranty. As they considered the roofing options that were available, they made contact with Aaron from Quality Roofing, a roofing installer from Big Prairie Ohio. Aaron explained the advantages of a Standing Seam metal roof and the decision was made to install the 16″ Weatherlock Panel in 26 Gauge Slate Gray. The installation went great, and they were very pleased with the final product.

Gene informed me that almost everyone on their block has had to replace their roof since they have lived there. Some of the neighbors have replaced their roofs with asphalt shingles, but it just does not make sense to install a asphalt shingle, and have it only last for 12 years. If you look at the big picture, in the long run a metal roof is far cheaper.

Gene WintersoleOne of the things that Gene does currently to stay busy is to take photo’s of the surrounding Amish community, and a number of his photo’s have been used in magazines and newspapers. You can view some of the photo’s that he has taken at www.eightlake.smugmug.com.

We appreciate the opportunity to work with Gene and Barb in order to make the roof on their home, the LAST thing that they need to worry about.Slate


The difference between Galvalume, and Galvanized Steel

The difference between Galvalume, and Galvanized Steel

If you start looking into metal roofing, it won’t be long before you hear the term GALVALUME®.  So what is that , and how does it work?

What is Galvalume Steel

Galvalume was developed in 1972.  Essentially it is a 55% aluminum to 45% zinc alloy coated sheet steel.  This blend is what makes it different than Galvanized Steel  which is covered with a zinc-only coating. According to BIEC, the licensor, 120 million tons have been produced since 1972, and Steelroofing.com estimates 40 billion square feet of Galvalume steel has been used in roofing worldwide. With GALVALUME, the aluminum and zinc act together to resist corrosion and provide barrier protection on the roofing surface. Zinc alone would allow more rust to occur, while Aluminum alone does not stand up as well to hail and other damaging forces.

What is Galvanized Steel

Galvanized Sheet is carbon steel sheet coated with zinc on two sides by a continuous hot-dip process. This method tightly adheres the coating to the steel with an iron-zinc alloy bonding layer formed by a diffusion process while the heated steel strip is in contact with the molten zinc. One of the drawbacks of Galvanized is that if the Zinc coating is scratched off the steel, the Steel is left unprotected, and is subject to failure.

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While both products were developed to essentially sacrifice themselves to protect the steel sheeting they coat, the exposure comparison photo shows that Galvalume® performs (up to nine times) better in fighting corrosion as compared to Galvanized coating. While Galvalume® can initially show signs of corrosion faster than Galvanized, it has a sacrificial property that will prevent the corrosion from growing whereas once corrosion has started on a Galvanized panel, it can continue to corrode until panel integrity is lost. According to a study released by the Metal Construction and Zinc Aluminum Coaters associations, the longevity of a low-slope unpainted Galvalume® standing-seam roof is 60 years Additionally, primer and paint adhere better to Galvalume®-coated panels and they carry a 20-year limited warranty while galvanized panels do not, making them a smarter long-term investment for all building applications.


Another great feature of Galvalume Steel is that as the material is cut, the Zinc and Aluminum combine to prevent corrosion at any exposed edges. Galvalume Steel can be expected to provide at least TWICE the service life of traditional zinc-coatings of similar coating thickness under the same exposure conditions. This has been proven by actual exposure tests using flat coupon samples, conducted over 36 years in the U.S.A. and 15 years in Canada. These tests show that Galvalume has at least TWICE the service life versus Galvanized.

All of the Steel products that we use here at Classic Metals, are manufactured using Galvalume Steel. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions or comments.


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