Metal Roof Warranties – Don’t be fooled by the years!

In the metal roofing industry it’s amazing that there is such as wide range of warranties! It’s actually become a bit of marketing game and one that confuses the contractors, architects and for the most part those metal roofing sales teams.  Here’s a simple question;  If we were to tell you that we’d supply you a product that comes with a 45-year SMP warranty vs. a product that would come with a 35-year PVDF warranty…which product would you choose? The 45 year product of course!  What you don’t know is that the SMP performance criteria is not as good as the PVDF system and more is actually less.  Let me breakdown the differences for you:Surf MallPaint Warranties cover three main items; Film Integrity, Chalk and Fade/Color Change. Paint doesn’t rust so the substrate is not included in your PAINT warranty (although there is a perforation warranty on Galvalume even when painted). Here’s a breakdown of each coverage item:

  • Film Integrity: The paint will not crack, flake of PEEL for the life of the warranty.
  • Chalk: This is a number system that allows for a certain amount of chalk. Chalk is the residue resulting from Weathering Decomposition of the paint films.  Visual Ratings are assigned according to ASTM D659 and ratings range from 10-0 with 10 being the best.
  • Fade/Color Change: is the change in the paint film color and appearance due to degradation from UV Radiation in Sunlight…this is also known as Color Weathering.   Ever hear of a Delta E or NBS unit?  This is the measuring unit for color color change per ASTMD2244.  Values range from 0 to infinity where 0 is the best (No color change).  This is measured on both Vertical and Non-Vertical applications.  Metal Roofs are typically Non-Vertical.

So back to that 45-year warranty.  This is actually the number of FILM INTEGRITY years that your warranty covers however if you read each section (Color change and Chalk) you will find that there is only a 30-year warranty on both chalk and color change.  So in reality, you have a 45-year warranty stating that your paint will not fall of your roof but only 30-year coverage on aesthetics.  The coverage is replacement materials only and does not include labor.

I wanted to give you an idea of color change using the photo below. On the left is the unexposed product and on the right is the allowable color change during the term of the warranty.   As you can see, PVDF (Kynar500(R) or Hylar5000(R)) resin systems perform much better in the color change department than the SMP system.  The 35-year warranty covers you for 35 years whereas the 45 year warranty actually covers you for 30 years.

kynar vs smpThe bottom line;  understand what’s covered and what is not and don’t be fooled by the # of years.  More is actually less in this case you’ll often make the wrong decision without understanding all of the facts. You may be thinking who cares…in 30 to 35 years I am not going to care what color my roof is….the key is you are not getting the value for what you think you are paying for.  Also keep in mind, warranties are only as good as the companies that stand behind them and most of them are non-transferable from owner to owner.

For more information about paint warranties please visit and make sure you check out our Gold Standard Paint Warranty; which covers labor, replacement materials and is fully transferable for the life of the warranty. It also requires a Drexel Metals Certified Installer to install your roof using approved Drexel Metal products from the roof deck up!


Drexel Metals now offers S-5 ColorGard Snow Retention System for Metal Roofs

Drexel Metals now offers the complete S-5 ColorGard Snow Retention system in Stock at our Denver, Jessup and Ivyland locations!

Please contact your local Drexel Metals branch or visit us on our website

Drexel Metals meets with GPIC – Greater Philadelphia Innovation Cluster for Energy Efficient Buildings


Drexel Metals met today with the Greater Philadelphia Innovation Cluster (GPIC) for Energy Efficient Buildings regarding exploring the opportunity to work together to create awareness about the importance of creating and monitoring performance of the building envelope.  The GPIC (  received $129 million from the Federal Government’s Energy Regional Innovation Cluster (E-RIC) Initiative. The award included $122 million from the U.S. DOE to create an Energy Innovation Hub to develop innovative energy efficient building technologies, designs and systems.

For more information about GPIC

The goals of the GPIC are to improve energy efficiency and reduce carbon emissions of new and existing buildings, and to stimulate private investment and quality job creation.

The GPIC will focus on full spectrum retrofit of existing average size commercial and multi-family residential buildings.  The program goal is to transform the commercial building retrofit and new construction processes into a systems-delivery industry, and demonstrate building operational energy savings of 50% by 2013-2015 in a scalable, repeatable and cost effective manner across a broad building stock, while preserving workplace quality.

A comprehensive research, development and deployment program will be performed that simultaneously addresses the maturation of integrated design and system technologies, exploration of new business models and public policies that accelerate the technology adoption, and the creation of robust workforce development paths. Commercial building stock turns over slowly, and major overhauls are relatively rare. Major retrofit demonstrations are emerging, like the Empire State Building, but they are rare point solutions and achieve less than 40% energy improvement and are not generally scalable to the less than 100,000 square foot building stock.

Scalable 50% energy reduction retrofits – DOE’s building energy goal is to reduce the annual energy use of buildings by 80% in the year 2050.  New approaches to design/build/operate building system technologies, new business models,  public policies, and workforce development paths are required.  An interim goal of demonstrating 50% energy efficiency improvement was selected to stretch beyond applying conventional solutions which have been demonstrated in select retrofit examples in the ~30% efficiency improvement range.  This 50% energy efficiency goal requires that the technical, policy and workforce solutions sets are scalable to at least 50% of today’s commercial building stock.  This goal demands rethinking every technical approach and solution set as well as adopting new business value propositions, public policy positions and workforce development processes.

Drexel Metals Inc. is extremely excited about the opportunity to work with the GPIC to research and expand our energy efficient metal roofing assemblies and to work to expand our product portfolio by adding proven technologies to maximize building envelope performance.
For more information about Drexel Metals please visit our website or call 888.321.9630 x115

Drexel Metals Inc. featured as an “Authentic American Inspiration” on An America Story!

Written and published by: by Allen Associates

Typical holiday tale: it is snowing heavily, but Old Man Winter’s cruel joke does not find a punch line in you-your home is bulletproof to his icy ammunition. You load the better half and the kids into the car, passing a mall and a stream of quick-serve restaurants along the way to the airport. Amidst the seasonal luggage and population headaches, you board the jumbo jet, where soon it descends onto sunny Florida terrain. As the plane drifts downwards, the shiny rooftops glimmer, a light show welcoming wagon to a much deserved vacation. The taxi carries the family towards the sun drenched hotel, the immaculately crafted art-deco homes fly by, the escapist architecture a perfect pairing to the enchanted aroma of seashells and leisure. You arrive to the sprawling, sea- swept resort, unwind, and within minutes find yourself and the brood combing the beach, en route to the iconic seafood restaurant you spent months salivating over through your desktop. It is a standard American chronicle. And at the heart of it all is Drexel Metals.

Drexel Metals is the roof over America’s head. From homes, restaurants, shopping centers, malls-in the makeup of any dwelling’s outfit, Drexel provides the hat.

Drexel Metals is a leading provider of standing seam metal roofing systems, supplied through its network of regional manufacturers known as the DM-ARM (Drexel Metals Association of Regional Manufacturers). As well as metal roofing, Drexel also is Green, supplying greatly effective photovoltaic solar roof systems, which are engineered to integrate with Drexel Metals’ roof systems, flat roof applications and commercial/ residential retrofit applications. And make no mistake, there is nothing utilitarian about the organization’s products; as architectural design goes, Drexel’s fabrication artisans know how to please the aesthetic.

Driven by the tenets of customer service and integrity, Drexel’s on-demand approach, premium quality fabrications and cost efficiency have landed the company, in terms of industry prestige, in the same place where their state-of-the-art roofs sit on a building-at the top. Using local empowerment, made-in-America sensibilities, and crafting a safe, attractive and endlessly reliable product, Drexel Metals looks to remain in their deservedly lofty perch.

It is noble to be kind to the elderly, so apologies to Old Man Winter and ancient roofing technology. It was a good run, but Drexel Metals has one foot in the future and the other foot, well, further into the future. The great indoors never felt so good.

The original version can be found by visiting Allen and Associates

For more information regarding Drexel Metals please call us at 888.321.9630.

Drexel Metals donates Metal Roof System for the UMASS Solar Decathlon Home! Home is currently featured on the National Mall!

Drexel Metals Inc. donated all of the materials for the students at UMASS to install a cool energy efficient metal roof system on their Solar Decathlon home. The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon is an award-winning program that challenges collegiate teams to design, build, and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive. The winner of the competition is the team that best blends affordability, consumer appeal, and design excellence with optimal energy production and maximum efficiency.

The first Solar Decathlon was held in 2002; the competition has since occurred biennially in 2005, 2007, and 2009. The next event will take place at the National Mall’s West Potomac Park in Washington, D.C., Sept. 23–Oct. 2, 2011. Open to the public free of charge, visitors can tour the houses, gather ideas to use in their own homes, and learn how energy-saving features can help them save money today.


The Solar Decathlon:

  • Educates student participants and the public about the many cost-saving opportunities presented by clean-energy products
  • Demonstrates to the public the opportunities presented by cost-effective houses that combine energy-efficient construction and appliances with renewable energy systems that are available today
  • Provides participating students with unique training that prepares them to enter our nation’s clean-energy workforce.

Team Massachusetts designed the New England-inspired 4D Home for the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2011. This solar-powered prototype is an affordable, ultra-efficient house that can adapt to a family’s changing needs. The team hopes the 4D Home will serve as a precedent for home builders and designers creating sustainable homes in New England.

Design Philosophy

Team Massachusetts is concerned about the negative consequences of using nonrenewable energy sources for the built environment. Yet using renewable energy for buildings is successful only when baseline energy consumption is minimized through passive strategies. The 4D Home integrates efficient technology and passive strategies without compromising simplicity.


4D Home demonstrates how dynamic interior spaces can make compact living viable for a small family. Features include:

  • An exterior composed of fiber cement board and wood-clad windows
  • Asymmetrical timber trellises that provide seasonal shading and a covered transition to the interior
  • A two-bedroom layout that is easily reconfigured by two sliding partition walls
  • Furniture, decor, and housewares designed and fabricated by student team members.


Team Massachusetts has integrated efficient and easy-to-use technologies into 4D Home. These include:

  • A 28-panel photovoltaic array of monocrystalline silicon cells that are 19.1% efficient
  • Hybrid solar thermal panels mounted behind the photovoltaic modules for efficient heat transfer to the domestic hot water system
  • Blown fiberglass and closed-cell polyurethane spray foam insulation for air tightness
  • A refrigerator that uses less electricity per year than a 60-W lightbulb.
  • A Drexel Metals Cool Metal Roof System complete with above deck venting!

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For more information about Drexel Metals and the technologies used on this project please visit our website or call 888.321.9630!

The Drexel Metals Advantage – the benefits of field forming standing seam roof systems!

Metal Roofing On-Demand

Drexel Metals certainly did not invent the field roll forming of standing seam roof systems, however we we’ve done is bring a value and validation to the entire process of field forming.  Whether its meeting a building code requirement to providing national accounts with our metal roof systems our DM-ARM network provides national coverage like no other in our industry.

  • Eliminate Lead time
  • Eliminate Packaging
  • Reduce Freight
  • Reduce Waste
  • Great Warranties
  • On demand = Customer Service
  • Peace of mind

For more information about Drexel Metals and our program please visit our website or call us at 888.321.9630!

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The meaning of the Drexel Metals Rising Sun Logo

The story of our logo! Hope you enjoy!

In October 2008, Drexel Metals’ CEO, Rob Waite and President, Brian Partyka, brought a customer on a tour of Independence Hall in Philadelphia.

Independence Hall is an incredibly inspiring place to visit. While we know the outcome of our Founding Fathers’ courageous efforts, they had no guarantee for success. The price of failure was not the loss of a business, but the loss of a nation. When the Founding Fathers stated their commitment to the cause in the Declaration of Independence in July 1776, “We mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor”, it was not just for literary affect!

From the summer of 1776 through the summer of 1789 when in the same building our Constitution was signed, our country had been forged in the crucible of a Revolution that we all have benefited greatly from for over two and a quarter centuries and counting.

On the final day of the Constitutional convention, as the last delegates were signing the document, Benjamin Franklin pointed toward the sun on the back of the Convention president’s chair and Franklin said, “I have often … in the course of the session … looked at that sun behind the President without being able to tell whether it was rising or setting. But now at length I have the happiness to know it is a rising and not a setting sun.”

Upon hearing this during their tour, Rob and Brian looked at each other and knew they had to incorporate a rising sun in Drexel Metals’ new logo.

In 2008 Drexel Metals had been accelerating the development of their “Metal Roofing On Demand” business model while navigating the turbulent and tumultuous economic environment.  At the time businesses either changed to survive the economic conditions or they stuck their heads in the sand hoping the economy would improve before it was too late for them. Rob and Brian made immediate decisions exemplifying their tenacity to succeed.

While Drexel Metals had been developing it’s “Metal Roofing On Demand” business model for a number of years, it became time to commit all of it’s resources to the full implementation of this business model. It’s “Metal Roofing On Demand” model is built around the Drexel Metals Association of Regional Manufacturers (DM-ARM), where it’s members enjoy a significant reduction in the cost of standing seam metal roofing by declaring their independence from high cost, low service large fixed-in-place manufacturers. DM-ARM members are able to service their customers virtually on demand through the local production of fully engineered, warranted and backed Drexel Metal Roofing Systems.

In 2009 and 2010, the DM-ARM had record years. First quarter of 2011 results reveal that the DM-ARM is well on it’s way to breaking those records. We are happy to say that the sun is most definitely rising for the members of the Drexel Metals Association of Regional Manufacturers.

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