The Fade Factor


Paint Performance Comparison

Metal Roofs

Why is Kynar 500 the best choice for a cool metal roof coating?
The proven durability of Kynar 500 resin type paint systems allows for stable color and film integrity over decades of exposure. Thus, paint systems based on the Kynar 500 resin have a surface that does not retain dirt, remains cool. and retains its original color better than any other resin type. 


Color Visualizer

Concealed Fastener Metal Roof Systems


Metal Roofs 101

​Determining the True Cost of a Metal Roof

Exposed Fastener Metal Roof Systems

What are the differences between concealed fastener roof systems and exposed fastener roof systems? Roof systems that use concealed fasteners offer far superior leak protection vs. exposed fastener systems because they dramatically reduce the number of penetrations in the roof. Typical screw down metal roofs use hundreds of screws to hold the panels in place leading to potential leaks down the road. 

​What is the typical cost of a metal roof? A quality metal roof can cost several times more than a standard asphalt shingle roof. The reason is two fold - materials & labor costs. Quality metal roofs are technologically advanced materials that utilize state of the art manufacturing processes and resins to create products that can last for decades with minimal maintenance. Labor costs are higher because installing a metal roof takes additional time and unique skills are needed to create a weather-tight seal.

How long can I expect a metal roof to last?​ A properly installed and maintained metal roof can last 100 years under regular conditions. It is likely that your new standing seam metal roof will be the last roof the home needs.

What kind of maintenance does a metal roof need? Your new standing seam metal roof will require minimal maintenance. We suggest installing a Kynar 500 paint resin finish metal panel because it does not retain dirt, remains cool, and retains its color better than any other resin type.

What does the gauge of the metal mean? ​The gauge is a measure of the thickness of the metal. Metal thickness increases as the gauge decreases. Thus a 24 gauge thick metal panel is far more thick and stiff than a 29 gauge metal panel.

What is a cool roof and how does it work? In general, a cool roof is one that reflects solar energy reducing the surface temperature of the metal. Special pigments are added to the paint to increase the reflectivity of the painted surface. By adding these specials pigments to the paint, manufacturers can now offer darker colors that qualify as ENERGY STAR approved roof systems, potentially qualifying for federal tax credits and increasing the energy efficiency of your home or business.

Investment vs. Expense - What is right for you?​ Many factors go into the decision making process when choosing a metal roof: metal type, color, panel style, paint finish and installation. Typically roofs become more expensive as the metal type, thickness and paint finish increase in quality. A front end investment for a high quality metal roof panel can substantially decrease the overall life-cycle cost associated with your roof due to decreased maintenance cost and the exceptional lifespans of metal roofs. As stated earlier, this will most likely be the last roof you will ever put on your home! Typically, painted metal roofs can be re-painted at a minimal cost in the distant future as needed.

What are the warranties of metal roofs? Warranties on metal roofs vary from manufacturer to manufacturer and are prorated. The most important considerations are future maintenance costs, fading factors, and metal type. All roofs are not created equal due to metal type, paint resin type and installation. Ameriway offers metal roofs in all styles and paint finishes, however we will suggest the best first and then work with you to achieve a solution that works best for your budget.

What is galvalum and why is it so important? ​Galvalum is a corrosion resistant coating that is located between the steel metal and the painted finish. It is a blend of 55% aluminum and 45% zinc that greatly increases the corrosion resistance of the metal compared to standard galvanized (100% Zinc) anti-corrosion roof coatings. Galvalum corrosion resistance is the best on the market. Don't be disappointed by inferior roof coatings that won't last.