Washington state provides its residents with a wide range of climates to enjoy. From oceanfront cottages to mountain chalets and everything in between. Choosing the right roof for these climates varies greatly depending on the location. While most engineered metal roofing systems will hold up to the challenges every region will face, certain provide better protection and savings than others.
5 factors to consider when selecting residential siding:
- Type of Construction— re-model or new build
- Installer— seasoned or first-time installer
- Location— surrounding environment
- Theme— modern, rustic, contemporary, and industrial
- Personal Value—budget, durability, maintenance
A well-designed modern home looks clean and almost minimalistic in its finished form. This clean simplicity can sometimes hide the hours of intensive thought that went into each line, curve, and surface. Designers have to balance aesthetics, performance, longevity, and often most importantly, the surrounding landscape. New technologies have improved metal siding panel systems, allowing designers more flexibility in their designs, knowing that the performance and longevity of the product is up to their standards.
Charred Wood is the process of lightly applying open flame to a wood plank to char the surface of the board. The charred exterior helps to weatherproof the siding and act as a deterrent to insects.
Shou Sugi Ban is a commonly used variation of the Japanese word Yakisugi. In Japanese Yaki means to heat with fire, and Sugi means Japanese Cedar. Ban translates to a plank, in this case a wood plank.
Shou Sugi Ban was first seen used in 18th century Japan as a technique for charring the outer layer of a wooden plank (usually cedar) to help protect the façade against weather and insects. In recent years, the visual appeal of this technique has been adopted by architects and designers around the world. Commonly referred to as Charred Wood or Burnt Wood, this technique can be applied to a range of wood siding panels.
Is there really anything that is truly hail proof? At this point in time, there is no solution that provides a hail proof solution. Hail stones can travel at speeds up to 110mph and grow to softball-sized stones. Aside from a concrete slab, no traditional roofing materials can come away from these types of hail stones without being dented or damaged. While there are suitable measures that can be taken to prevent damages from most hailstorms, the largest hail stones will cause damage to even the most durable of roofing systems.
The Old West is known for its rustic charm and rugged landscapes. That is why homeowners and designers love to use the Wild West as design inspiration for residential and commercial spaces, even on the East Coast.
One company that is witnessing this first hand is Great Country Timber Frames out of Conneticut. "There’s a strong nostalgia for the West in the East Coast, where Cape- and Colonial-style homes & businesses are the norm. From cowboys to wide open blue skies, New Englanders are fond of the West. The appeal of rustic design on the east coast is certainly in the wanting to be different."
For a business, your involvement in the community should extend beyond your storefront. Taking the time to help grow the community, create events and fund programs for the younger generations, and commit to more than being just a business should be a focus for every business.
5 Types of Metal Roofing
1. Copper - Extremely long-lasting, very soft with low melting temperature
2. Aluminum - Long-lasting, resistant to salt water corrosion
3. Zinc - Extremely long-lasting, resistant to corrosion and lowest melting point
4. Steel - Three variations: galvanized, galvalume, and weathering steel (corten)
5. Tin - Often referring to steel, used prior to World War II. No longer commonly applied.
This Memorial Day it’s important to reflect on the sacrifice thousands of men and women give every year to keep our country safe. At Bridger Steel we benefit from those sacrifices in many ways. Those sacrifices allow us to operate our business and sell steel to our customers. They allows us the freedom to hire qualified workers and provide well paying jobs to members of our communities. We are also proud to employ veterans, and our teams benefit from their hard work ethic, dedication and drive. This Memorial Day we would like to honor these employees in memory of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.
Are you Re-Roofing Your Home?
The biggest decision you’ll make while re-roofing your home is choosing a roofing contractor. This person will help you choose the right materials, assess the current state of your home and ensure your family is protected from rain, snow, hail, and leaks that bring rot and mold.
In the past few years we’ve watched the design esthetic pendulum between the sleek, cool, sharp lines of Modern style and the cozy, comfy, woodsy feeling of Rustic. Most recently, that pendulum has stopped right in the middle. Those cold, modern lines are mixing with warm, earthy materials like natural wood and stone.
Corrugated metal accents are becoming one of the most sought-after panels for interior and exterior building projects. With expanded options in both size and color, corrugated metal is popping up on new houses and renovations across the country. If you like the look of this wavy material, but aren’t sure where to put it, here are five new ideas for adding corrugated metal to your home.