While the initial material and installation cost of a metal roof is higher than asphalt shingles roofs, their longevity is far superior. When our in-house manufactured Merlin’s Magic Lock standing seam panels are used, your roofing system is engineered to last for over 100 years! Metal roofs last 10 times longer than typical asphalt roofs, which most times only last 7 to 14 years.
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Types of Metal Roofing We Offer
- Metal (Steel) Roofing
- Copper Roofing
Standing Seam Metal Roof
Standing seam roofs are the most common type of metal roofing design, due to its popularity and availability of materials all over Canada and the United States. This profile features vertical panels that are joined by interlocking seams as explained in the following section.
Double Lock Standing Seam
Double lock standing seam metal roofing is the best type of metal roof that exists. A double lock seam is a historic joinery method to lock two pieces of materials together. Long before solder or welding were even invented, European Guild tin smiths and artisans would travel from country to country throughout Western Europe. Their work consisted primarily of fastening metal buckets, cups and castle roof flashings. Utilizing techniques similar to origami, ancient craftsmen discovered the knowledge and various methodologies needed to fold metal around complex shapes. They did this by joining different pieces of metal together, using a diverse array of folds and locks.
Today, these historic techniques are referred to by craftsmen around the world as “Traditional double lock standing seam methods” or “European Guild approved double lock standing seam methods”. Although old, these methods of joining metal together remain far superior to any approach which relies on caulking, solder or petrochemical sealants. One of the main benefits of double lock standing seam technology is that it allows for expansion and contraction, this is because by using this method it allows the seams to “breathe”. This means that if thick copper sheets are used, the roof can last for over 600 years. For example, the copper roof of St. Mary’s Cathedral in Hildesheim, Germany, which was installed in 1280 A.D., survived until its destruction from bombings in World War II; which is an impressive 662 years!
Merlin’s Roofing Co. studies these ancient techniques which have been perfected and improved upon over the last millenium. Fortunately, European Guild techniques are now being taught all over the world. We work closely with the foremost master and expert in Canada, Peter Steetz from Steetz Copper Craft. We also learn and exchange innovations regularly with various European masters from Russia, Sweden, Germany and more via the internet. We are constantly studying to improve our techniques so that we can be leaders in bringing sustainable, environmentally friendly, roofing solutions. Our single goal is to create something that will be a permanent fixture for the life-span of the structure it protects. Merlin’s Roofing Co. manufactures and installs traditional standing seam panels of all material types, including metal, steel and copper.
Merlin’s Magic Lock Standing Seam
Merlin’s Magic Lock Standing Seam panels are a contemporary take on the traditional double lock standing seam design. These panels fall into a category called “Snap Lock” standing seam. They are 100% manufactured by us in Canada, using only high quality 24G or 26G steel, with a 40-year paint warranty. We are able to manufacture our roofing panels on-site, or in our Poltimore, Québec shop. We can then ship them to anywhere in the provinces of Québec and Ontario.
Our steel panels come with a 40-year paint warranty. In addition to this, we utilize European Guild techniques at the ridges and around any penetrations, such as plumbing stacks and chimneys. This means that all Merlin’s Magic Lock panels are engineered to last a minimum of 100 years! Only a simple re-paint is needed at 40 years. Merlin’s Magic Lock panels can also be sold to DIY enthusiasts.
Aesthetically, Merlin’s Magic Lock panels look almost identical to the traditional double lock standing seam and snap lock style standing seam panels, which are the most common type in the metal roofing industry. Other companies, such as Ideal Roofing and Vicwest also manufacture snap lock standing seam style panels with the Heritage profile and Prestige profile respectively. In comparison to other manufacturers however, Merlin’s Magic Lock Standing Seam panels have some key benefits.
First, we only use high quality 24G and 26G steel, which is very thick and resistant to fire, hail, trees/debris and wind damage. Other companies use 28G and 29G in their products, our 24G and 26G steel is more than 60% thicker! This translates to a far greater protection for your home and investment. We also offer our panels at competitive rates to other manufacturers who would otherwise use a thinner metal, thus enabling a better product to be sold to the customer. Another advantage of Merlin’s Magic Lock panels is that we utilize a floating clip system. This means the panels can expand and contract freely. Other manufacturers use an integrated “nail strip” which is attached to the panel and does not allow for thermal contraction. As a result, this is primarily responsible for metal fatigue and premature roof failure. Merlin’s Roofing Co. offers our Magic Lock panels as fully installed systems or as a supplier of materials only, to DIY enthusiasts and other roofing contractors.
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