ONTARIO, CALIF.—Met-Tile Inc. has become an Energy Star partner for its metal tile panel roofing system, which combines the popular look of tile with the high performance of metal. The new “cool roof” Met-Tile line combines all-weather performance and aesthetics with energy savings.
The updated roofing line features a Super Series 4800 Super Cool architectural coating system in 10 designer colors. Manufactured by Specialty Finishes Co. (Fontana, Calif.), these coatings have solar reflectivity values ranging from 26 percent up to more than 67 percent, meeting and in some cases greatly exceeding Energy Star requirements. (For every 5 percent of added reflectivity, a roof is approximately 4o F cooler in direct overhead summertime sunlight.) Products that meet or exceed Energy Star requirements can help prevent greenhouse gas emissions by meeting strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy.
According to the Federal Energy Policy Act of 2005, eligible contractors who construct energy efficient homes may qualify for a $2,000 tax credit starting in 2006, while homeowners may qualify for a $500 tax credit. Cool metal roofing is specifically referenced for this credit in Sections 1332 and 1333. In addition, rebates may be available through many local and state governments and utilities.
Property owners using cool roof technology enjoy further savings through reduced energy costs. Also, because roof surfaces stay cooler, they should be less subject to chemical and atmospheric degradation, resulting in longer service life.
Met-Tile roofing offers a more than 230 mph wind rating and complies with the most stringent local, state and national codes, including the Florida Building Code and Miami-Dade County. The combination of energy and hurricane performance can benefit property owners in rebuilding areas everywhere. In addition, Met-Tile offers proven performance in other types of extreme conditions because of its weather-tight, moisture-resistant design. It carries the highest rating (Class 4) for impact resistance, the measure of a roof’s ability to withstand hail damage.
Though it looks like tile, Met-Tile roofing actually consists of long-length steel panels that are applied vertically and tightly secured with screw fasteners that keep the roof in place, even under the heaviest wind and rain. The 26-gauge panels weigh only 125 pounds per square (1.25 lb. per sq. ft.), just a fraction the weight of many concrete and clay tiles. Due to its light weight, Met-Tile may be used for new construction or re-roofing on all types of projects, including those that can’t bear the weight of tile.
For more information, go to www.met-tile.com.