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Gerard Roofing Products is proud to announce the introduction of the work we have been doing with Quickscrews International and their Solar Roof Hook.

Gerard now offers a long lasting high performing solar attachment system that allows the installer to attach a wide array of solar applications to the Gerard system without penetrating the panels’ surface. The new advancements offer a heavy gauge stainless steel hook that has been tested to withstand the most adverse of conditions. The introduction of two designs, one for battens and another for battenless installations, gives the contractor confidence that the Gerard system and the solar panel array will work in harmony for years to come.

For more information, contact your local sales representative.

Everybody needs a roof, right?

We all know this statement is true. The purpose of a roof depends on the building it covers, but in most cases, a roof's purpose is to protect. With the protection from weather, animals, and so on, it is a no brainer that everybody needs a roof. The real question is what type of roof do you need?

Here are a couple questions to ask yourself:

Do I want to replace my roof every 10-15 years?
Do I want to worry about my roof during major storms?

If your answer to any of these questions were no, then here are a few more questions to ask yourself:

Do I want my roof to improve the overall aesthetics of my home?
Do I want discounts on my homeowners insurance because of my roof?
Do I want my roof to last a lifetime?

If your answer to any of these questions was yes, then you might want to look into getting a metal roof. But why?

A metal roof protects your home more than just any asphalt roof because it has the durability of steel. Because of the strength of metal, you will no longer have to worry that your roof is leaking after a rain storm, the weight of heavy snow will ruin your roof, or if strong winds will damage your roof. I'm not just talking about any metal roof though...

A stone coated metal roof is going to protect your home from mother nature as well as enhance the beauty of your home. With three different profiles and an assortment of color options, you are bound to find a roof that will look good on your home. If you want the look of asphalt shingle, clay tile, or cedar shake with the protection of metal, Gerard has got you covered!

Andrus Brothers Roofing started installing Gerard 20 years ago when Residential roofing in the Texas Panhandle was dominated by cedar shakes. As the hail resistance and durability of stone coated metal became more popular, we needed a metal panel that simulated the shake look. Metal shake profiles of other brands look rigid and unrealistic. The Canyon Shake profile from Gerard has a clean realistic look and the best variety of colors in the marketplace. Our customers love the aesthetics of the Canyon Shake panel.

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Increasing evidence that heavy roof tiles actually cause damage to homes during earthquakes is boosting demand for modern lightweight replacement roofs.

"These days, weight doesn't mean strength, but stress. Old style roofs can't cut it anymore, can't handle earthquakes, wind or sudden impact. Modern materials like stone-coated steel dramatically cut a roof's weight but boost durability and impact resistance." -Bill Nussbaum

Engineering studies of homes show that lightweight roofs are better able to handle enormous stresses on the building fabric caused by earthquakes. Heavy tiles impose high seismic loads on roof framing; during an earthquake, those loads are massively multiplied and can actually cause damage to the house below.

A case in point is the home of Joan and Preson DuPont. Just two blocks from a parking structure that collapsed in a major earthquake, their ranch-style home had a concrete tile roof, just seven years old. The earthquake brought down a fireplace and chimney which serves three rooms, moved walls, jammed doors, broke plumbing-it even tore a medicine cabinet off the bathroom wall, just missing Mrs. Dupont. On the roof, the concrete tiles were twisted 45 degrees and left swinging on their nails.

"That tile roof was extremely heavy, more than 22 tons. When you've got that much weight being thrown around in an earthquake, it's no wonder the house below suffered damage." - Mr. Dupont

A total of $230,000 worth of repairs to their home included a new Gerard shake roof, that is not only warranted for a lifetime against any weather, but weighs only 3 tons.

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What is an ice dam?
An ice dam is a situation of home and building maintenance on sloped roofs in cold climates. Ice dams form when snow that accumulates on a sloped roof melts and flows down the roof, under the blanket of snow, until it reaches the air that is below the freezing, typically at the eaves. When the melted water reaches the freezing air, ice accumulates forming a dam, and snow that melts later cannot drain properly through the dam and puddles behind the dam. Ice dams may result in leaks through the roofing material, resulting in damaged ceilings, walls, roof structure and insulation. Damage or injury can also be prevalent when the ice dam falls off or from attempts to remove ice dams.

The snow melt can come from two reasons: Heat from inadequate roof insulation and heat leaks, and inadequate ventilation called a warm roof. A warm roof and the heat conducted through the roof melts snow on those areas of the roof that are above heated living spaces. The heat is not lost into roof overhangs so this area does not have melting. A small amount of ice damming can occur from the normal freeze-thaw cycle as the snow melts on warm or sunny days. This melting continues to run down the roof on cold nights and will freeze when it contacts the cold air.

Damage prevention
Various methods are taken to prevent damage from ice damming with varying success and risk:

 In new construction, ice dams are mostly prevented through building designs with adequate insulation and roof ventilation.

 Existing roofs may allow the addition of more insulation and mechanical ventilation. Research into ice damming conditions determined that ice damming occurs when the attic temperature is above 30 °F (−1 °C) and the outdoor air temperature is below 22 °F (−6 °C). Attic/roof temperatures can be controlled by installing sufficient insulation and providing natural or mechanical ventilation to produce a "cold roof" to keep the roof temperature below 30 °F (−1 °C). A cold roof is vented so that the rooftop stays cold and the snow melts evenly over the entire roof due to outside temperatures only. A cold roof can also help end any problems that have been experienced with condensation inside the home or attic. By having an installation of a roof that is elevated above the existing surface the ambient temperature is relatively close above and below the new roof surface.

 Removal of snow from a roof with a special tool called a roof rake. To be successful, the entire roof must be shoveled. Shoveling part way up a roof will cause an ice dam to form at the location where the snow was left, because the meltwater will freeze when it hits the freezing air. Many roofs are too tall to reach from the ground and must be shoveled from a ladder or by walking on the roof, which increases the risk of personal injury or roof damage.

 Use a roofing material which sheds snow, such as a metal roof, with adequate roof pitch and minimal valleys. Care should be noted of possible “avalanching” of snow build-up that releases.

 Removal of ice buildup on a roof can be completed by trained professionals that use special steam equipment to ensure quick and safe removal without causing damage to the roof.

 A roofing membrane required by building codes in the United States, installed under the roofing material helps prevent leakage from ice damming, but has no effect on the formation of ice dams.

 An ice belt, a band of metal roofing, installed at the eaves helps prevent the formation of ices dams by placing a low-friction surface where ice dams are likely to form. If an ice dam does form, an ice belt will reduce the penetration of standing water.

 Heat tape installed at the eaves melts channels for the water to flow through. However, there are many criticisms of heat tapes including expense, wasted energy, long-term damage to asphalt shingles, and risk of fire. Some insurance companies will not allow the use of heat tapes due to the fire danger. Ice dams can also form just above the heat tape. Heat tapes are a common way to keep gutters and downspouts from icing.

 Ice melt socks: A manufactured, permeable material (the sock) filled with ice melt placed on the ice dam will lower the freezing point of the ice, thus causing it to melt.

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Many years ago talk of metal roofs had homeowners cringing at the mere mention, but high quality steel roofing has knocked down those barriers.

Unlike fragile look-alikes, stone coated metal is one of the toughest "storm proof" roofing materials on the market today.

In addition, quality makes metal roofing one of the fastest growing segments of the residential roofing market, with stone coated metal as a prime choice for good looks, protection, and durability.

In California, where Spanish tile and wood shake are an indigenous part of the architecture and where wild fires also rage, Gerard Roof Products' stone coated metal tile and canyon shake are a beautiful alternative. The material blends flawlessly into the environment for a pleasing aesthetic, while providing leaps of improvement in fire safety to families and their property. During wild fires, homes have been saved thanks to stone coated metal roofs, and many homes then added the protection of stone coated metal roofs when rebuilding after the fires.

With an interlocking system, a Gerard roof has the ability to withstand high winds, severe storms, and even large hail, making it practically storm proof!

The hybrid features of stone and metal make this roofing one of the smartest alternatives around. Homeowners not only get a beautiful roof with an impressive curbside appeal, but they can also expect a return on their investment in the form higher resale value thanks to transferable warranties, insurance discounts, and the added peace of mind that comes from the industry's best wind, storm, and fire protection roof.

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If you haven't already heard of the iRoofing app, your life as a contractor is about to change. Gerard Roof Products are now available to any iRoofing app user.

Much like EagleView, iRoofing is there to help make your job easier. This app will give you the ability to measure a roof from a picture, give homeowners a visualization of what your product would look like on their home, and even help drive sales.

One of the key features that makes this app valuable is how easy measuring a roof will become. You will no longer have to get out a ladder to manually measure. With the tools provided, you will be able to produce roof measurements from an aerial view or blueprint. The best part is that you can do an unlimited amount of roof measurements at no additional cost!

Have you ever had a homeowner say, "I just wish I could see what it will look like.."? The Roof Visualizer will be your new BFF. According to the iRoofing website, "A property owner’s biggest fear is making the wrong decision, with iRoofing’s simulator, you’ve taken that worry away and increased their trust in your ability to provide the services they are looking for." By using the roof simulator, all you have to do is take photos of the home, and upload them straight from the device. From there, the homeowners will be able to fully visualize their home with their desired roof.

This app is even for contractors who don't sell Gerard Roof Products (losers)! iRoofing provides access to catalogs of multiple roofing products. You will also be able to choose what literature you want available for yourself and other users. For example, you can add your brochures, catalogs, contracts, and any other literature that might help you show homeowners everything they need to know.

Another great feature is the ability to store your customer database on iRoofing. According to the iRoofing website, “The customer database acts as your personal assistant by helping you plan your week, providing directions to your next job, easily creating calendar appointments and reminding you when to do your followups so you can take charge of your communications with your customers.”

iRoofing will also help you catch up on industry trends with their own digital magazine rack.

Let’s get down to the basics. iRoofing is not just another app. It is THE app that will be a game changer in the roofing industry. This will give you the opportunity to create an easier sales process and grow your business, so trade your ladders for an iPad, and start selling more roofs!

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Any idea what happens to a wood shake roof when it catches fire, especially when high winds are raging?

It's the roof over your house, you have only one priority-get your family out and quickly! You house is doomed in a matter of seconds. Literally... seconds!

Not so fun fact for homeowners with a wood shake roof: Not much can be done to put out a wood shake roof fire fanned by winds.

How can you roof catch fire in the first place?

Chimney sparks. Electrical sparks. Fireworks. Flaming embers blown blocks from someone else's fire. That's a matter of pure luck- how strong the winds are gusting and in what direction. You may never know the cause... just the effect.

Your best safeguard is a Class "A" roof-no matter where you live. Next best is Class "B." Forget any other.

Who determined these classifications?

Roofing is fire-rated based on criteria established by a government agency and recognized by organizations. A Class "A" roof is one that simply, will not burn. An example of this would be a stone coated metal product, like Gerard Roof Products. A Class "B" roof obviously offers somewhat less protection "moderate" - but still qualifies as fire retardant. A Class "C" roof is not considered fire retardant. It will not give you the protection you need and must have.

Then, there are untreated wood shakes and shingles. No rating at all except possibly an unoffical one: "D" for dangerous.

Are fire-retardant roofs more expensive? NO! They are clearly a better investment!

Class "A" or "B" roofs have long life expectancies-- 25 to 50 years, often outlining the house itself. Wood shakes and shingles (treated or untreated) have a life expectancy of 10-15 years. If a fire strikes, untreated roofs could last only a matter of seconds.

Lifecycle costs per year for wood shakes and shingles (treated or untreated) are easily three to four times greater than inorganic, non-wood Class "A" or "B" roofing materials.

So what does Class "A" or "B" roof mean to you?

Firesafe- That says it all, really. But there is more.
Peace of Mind- You, your family, your possessions-safe, protected.
Long Life Impervious to fire, your new, inorganic Class "A" or "B" roof probably will outlast your house.
Warranty- Class "A" and "B" roofing products are backed by written warranties. Check out our 50-Year Lifetime warranty here.
Increased Value- Make an intelligent investment. Long-lasting, non-burning roofs will increase the value of your property.
Low Insurance Costs- You are entitled to and can obtain lower insurance premiums.

There is no such thing as a low fire-risk area. Roof fires don't discriminate. Tell your contractor you want a roof with a Class "A" or "B" rating in order to protect your most expensive investment- your home.

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How many times have you heard someone in their 20's say, "This roof is older than I am!" The answer is probably never..

The average lifespan of your typical asphault roof is about 10-15 years.


One thing that sets us apart from other stone coated steel roofing materials is our warranty. We offer a 50 year warranty because we know a Gerard roof will last a lifetime. It sounds a little hard to believe, but this 42 year-old roof is our witness.

How will a Gerard roof last a lifetime you ask? Let me tell you...

Each Gerard Product will wistand winds of up to 120 miles per hour
Steel substrate on Gerard roofing materials will not burn
The panel will not be penetrated by hailstones less than two and one-half inches in diameter
The appearance of the surface coating of our roofing materials will not materially deteriorate beyond normal weathering and aging over the extended life of the warranty

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You may not have noticed yet, but the roofs of America are changing day by day, as more and more people discover the benefits of Gerard metal roofing products.

Gone are the days of building a house to support tons of heavy-weight roof tiles. Gone are the days of rusty old corrugated iron. Today's educated builders and home renovators are turning to the most attractive technologically advanced form of roofing available-stone coated metal roofing.

Gerard combines all the styles and character of traditional tiles with the lightweight strength and durability of steel. The rugged natural stone surface of a Gerard roof panel is as old as the earth itself. It won't fade, crack, or crumble like man made stone. It is permanently bonded to a strong steel base which is coated on both sides with a rust inhibiting primer. This unique patented process provides a superior finish and eyars of trouble free weather protection.

One Gerard panel covers an area equivalent to six ordinary tiles. The unique design and fixing methods ensures that each tile interlocks neatly with its neighbors, providing excellent weather security and the strength to withstand cyclonic winds.

They are quick and easy to install and can often be installed straight over the existing roof. They are strong yet lightweight so you won't have to worry about the new roof distorting the house frame. Gerard roof products can save the home builder a lot of time and money. They are only on sixth the weight of traditional tiles; therefore you can make considerable savings on timber framework costs. Beacause they are delivered on easily handled pallets, they can be unloaded onsite in minutes. This cuts down transport costs and allows difficult sites to be reached more easily. Gerard panels can normally be installed in half the time it takes for old fashioned tiles -- plus you can carry on working below while the panels are being laid.

Gerard stone coated steel products are used by builders in more than 60 countries around the world. They have been designed and rigorously tested to withstand the harshest weather conditions. All Gerard products are covered by a 50 year warranty. Try getting that type of reassurance from any other roofing material and you'll realize why more and more builders and homeowners are choosing Gerard.
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