Is all Standing Seam Roofing created equal?

Is all Standing Seam Roofing created equal?

If you are considering  purchasing a Standing Seam roof there are a few things that you should be aware of and watch for. Not all Standing Seam roofing is created equal so here at Classic Metals, we strive to provide you with all the information you need to make a informed decision.

Material Substrate

The substrate that steel panels are made of, is an integral part of the product and will affect the longevity of the steel. The two most common Substrates are Galvanized and Galvalume. Galvanized is basically steel that is hot dipped in zinc, and one of the main drawbacks is that the zinc coating can easily be scratched off. Galvalume is essentially 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. 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.

Trim Thickness

When you are discussing options with your installer or steel supplier, be sure and confirm that they manufacture the trims that you will need, out of the same steel as the panels. This is a common area that suppliers can cut costs and use 29 gauge trims on a 26 gauge roof for example. This is not only a unnecessary cutting of corners, it can lead to uneven fading of trims verses panels.

Oil Canning

Oil Canning in metal roofing is not a structural problem or a cause for rejection, however most manufacture’s and installers try to avoid it if possible. Material thickness and type of material can contribute to oil canning and install procedures also play a part, but panel design and machine settings play the greatest role. At Classic Metals we pride ourselves in maintaining high quality machinery that produce panel quality that is second to none. The picture of the two roofs to the right, show the difference between a panel that Classic Metals manufactured and a competitor. Both pictures were taken on buildings that were exactly the same, and less than 50 feet from each other.

Don’t settle for a Standing Seam Roof that is less than it could be, give us a call today and we will show you the difference.




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Richland County home installs Standing Seam Roofing

Richland County home installs Standing Seam Roofing

In the fall of 2017 Classic Metals received a phone call regarding some Standing Seam roofing that was needed for a richland county home. The customer was looking at several colors and options that were available and was undecided on what would be best. After some consultation with a local installer the 24 gauge 16″ wide Weatherlock Standing Seam in Medium Bronze was decided upon.

One of the unique quality’s regarding this job was the fact that the customer and the installer wanted to install the standing seam roofing directly onto the existing shingles. This required a number of custom trims to be made to accommodate the extra coverage that was needed. The design of the home also caused the roof itself to have several unique and challenging quality’s, but the installer rose to the occasion and did a great job.

The 24 gauge 16″ Weatherlock panels were manufactured on the job site the morning of the installation, and everything went well and they were installed on the home over the next week. The 24 gauge material that was used comes with a 35year warranty on the paint, and a lifetime manufacture’s warranty so a roof replacement is the last thing the customer needs to worry about.

Feel free to contact Classic Metals if you have any questions or would like a quote on material for your own home or business.



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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Hand Seamed Metal, is replaced with Terracotta Standing Seam

Hand Seamed Metal, is replaced with Terracotta Standing Seam

Metal roofing has made drastic improvements in design and longevity in the last 40 years, and this fact was proven once again at a image1job site that we visited a few weeks ago. The existing roofing that was on the home of Dave and Heidi Scherpelz was Galvanized Hand Seamed Standing Seam Roofing. This type of steel roofing has yearly maintenance that is needed in order for the roof to last long term. Every year the seams need to be re-crimped and sealed with a special sealer and the roof need to be inspected for leaks. Over the years some of these steps had been neglected, and the roof was slowly deteriorating.

“This home is located on a hill, and we  experience very high winds on a regular basis”, the owner Heidi told me.  ” I guess we did not really realize how bad the roof was, until after a hard storm, I counted 40 leaks”. It was then that Heidi began the process of finding a roofing installer that they could trust, and began making decisions on the style and color of roof that they wanted. They interviewed a lot of roofing contractors and they quickly felt comfortable with Hochstedler & Sons Construction, located in Gambier Oh. “Paul from Hochstedler answered all of our questions and with the experience that they had as a company, we knew that they House3would do a great job”.House1

As they discussed the different options in metal roofing, Heidi pointed out that with the high winds that they receive, they needed something that would stand the test of time. The 16″ wide Weatherlock panel was decided on because of its high wind resistance, and how its appearance stayed true to the style and design that the original home builder had in mind. “Picking a color was hard” Heidi said “but that is where Google was our friend, when we wondered how a color combination would look, we searched for it on Google images, and that really helped us make our decision”.

House4Hochstedler and Sons did a really great job on the installation, and everyone is really pleased with how it turned out. They really took their time and paid attention to the details, and that is really important for a completed job to look its best. Congratulations to Dave and Heidi on a great looking home, and a roofing system that is designed in such a way, that yearly maintenance is now a thing of the past.House5

Karen’s Kids Campus provides children daycare Morrow county

Karen’s Kids Campus provides children daycare Morrow county

When we take the time to evaluate the things in our life that are really important, family is definitely on the top of the list. It is for this reason that when the time comes to choose a daycare provider for our children, the decision should not be made lightly.Day Care Front

Karen’s Kids Campus is located on 63 Sportsmans Dr., Marengo, OH 43334 and specializes on providing daycare services and preschool to children ages 6 weeks to 12 years old. They are fully licensed and offer a variety of services and benefits to the surrounding areas. They specialize in Daycare, Preschool, and Before / After school care. They also can provide bus services to the highland schools which really provides another layer of convenience for everyone. The slogan that Karen’s Kid Campus operates by is ” To Teach is to Change Lives ” and everyone that is on staff, believes and operates this way.

Day Care TopKaren’s Kids Campus began March 1st 2015 at a different location, and then moved to the current location close to Interstate 71 in early 2016. Classic Metals was involved in manufacturing the Standing Seam for the building that they are currently in and worked closely with the roofing installer. The roofing that was chosen was the weatherlock  16 inch wide panel, manufactured on-site in a 26ga custom red color and it was installed by Schwartz Quality Construction located in Marengo Oh. They did a awesome job with the install, and really took the time to insure that everything was installed correctly.

If you would like more information regarding Karen’s Kid Campus you can call 419-253-7400 or visit their website.


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Custom Colored Standing Seam installed on Health Center in Marengo OH

Custom Colored Standing Seam installed on Health Center in Marengo OH

There are many choices when it comes to where we go to receive healthcare, however there are always healthcare facility’s that stand out among the rest. That decision has become a little easier to make if you live in the Marengo Ohio area.

In 2013 the Morrow County Hospital at the Cardinal Center was built with the intention to provide high quality healthcare to the area. During the planning phases, the decision was made to pursue Standing Seam Roofing, however the exterior designer was looking for a bright red color that was not available as a standard color. That is where Classic Metals was contacted to look at the color that was needed, and pursue the option of painting a custom color. The custom color was painted, and then later, the panels were manufactured on the jobsite by Classic Metals. The Standing Seam Panels were installed by Schwartz QuaHospital Toplity Construction, located in Marengo Ohio.

Essentra Pharmacy is also located in the same building, which really helps to make filling prescriptions a breeze. At Essentra Pharmacy, they strive to have the feeling of a hometown pharmacy, while still providing the most advanced products, services, and information that is available. They also understand that time is precious, so they work efficiently to get your prescriptions ready in a quick, but safe, manner.

If you are looking for high quality dental care in the Marengo area, then Cardinal Family Dental, which is also located in the same building near the intersection of I-71 and SR 61 is the place to go. Dr. Lenz and Dr. Meers will treat you like family, and are on the cutting edge when it comes to Dental treatments and procedures. From exams and cleanings, to root canals or extractions, the staff at Cardinal Family Dental will treat you with honest and thoughtful care.

The entire facility has really been a asset to the area, and Classic Metals is proud to have played a part in the construction and completion of this project.

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

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


Maintenance-Free is the goal of new Standing Seam Roof

Maintenance-Free is the goal of new Standing Seam Roof

When Rita Boyd began the process of building her new home, there were a number of things that were very important to her during the planing stages. One of the things that was important, was that the home would be built in such a way, that it would be as maintenance free as possible. When the time came to decide on a roofing material, there were several options to consider. Asphalt shingles would have been an easy choice, however, as Rita thought about it, she realized that asphalt shingles did not fit into the goal of reducing the maintenance that would be required in the future.Rita Boyd 2

In a previous home, Rita had the experience of needing to replace old asphalt shingles and had decided at that point to have a metal roof installed. She really liked how it had looked and had a good overall experience, so she decided to look at the options that Metal Roofing would provide on her new home. She was aware of the Ag Panel option, but did not feel comfortable with having exposed fasteners. Metal Shingles would have been really nice, but she was afraid that it would be out of her price range. After looking at the different Standing Seam profiles and colors, she decided to go with 24 gauge Matte Black, and the 1″ x 16″ Weatherlock panel. The raw steel was painted and slit by Shefield Metals, and Classic Metals manufactured the panels on the jobsite.

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Rita mentioned that she was very pleased with the final product. The Standing Seam was some more money up front, but in the long run it really costs less then asphalt shingles. We here at Classic Metals and First Choice Exteriors want to offer our Congratulations on her NEW Home. The black roof accents the red siding very well, and really looks impressive.

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 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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Metal Roofing, What is the True Cost?

Metal Roofing, What is the True Cost?

What is the true cost of Metal Roofing, and how does it compare to asphalt shingles? That is a question that i hope to clarify. When it comes to making a major purchase, the tendency is to only base our purchase decision on the price of the item. Sometimes this can be OK, but often it leads to making a decision that will cost us far more in the future.

The average cost of replacing your roof with a dimensional asphalt shingle is around $260.00 per square. This would equate to $7,800.00 for the average ranch home. The frustrating part is knowing that in 20-25 years those very shingles will end up in a landfill.  In a 60 year span this home will need to have the roofing replaced 3 times. This could very easily reach a total of $25,000.00.

The average cost of installing a entry grade metal roof will be around $300.00 per square. This equates to $9,000.00 for the average ranch home. This Metal Roof will have no problem in lasting 60 years, and will do so for the total cost of the original purchase.           ( $9,000.00 )

Another factor to consider is the energy saving of a energy star Metal Roofingmetal in comparison to asphalt shingles. This fact alone would
provide a substantial savings over a 60 year period. Some recent study’s have shown a average potential savings of $300.00 per year, equaling $18,000.00 in 60 years. An additional fact to consider is the increase of value that your home will have with a Metal Roof. If you ever sell your home, the buyer will have peace of mind knowing that the roofing is the last thing that he needs to be concerned about.

In the 60 year example that we laid out, here is the true total Cost of the two roofing systems

Asphalt Roofing–$25,000.00

Metal Roofing–$ -9,000.00 ( a Total Savings of $34,000.00 )

What is the True Cost of Metal Roofing?  You can’t afford NOT to buy a Metal Roof.

Feel free to Contact us if you have any questions or would like to have a estimate for your roof replacement.


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