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Metal Roofing – Featured Project

A Metal Reroof Transformation


This Washington State homeowner decided it was time for an upgrade when they ran into trouble with their old metal roof, and turned to AEP Span’s Design Span® hp metal roofing system in a 24 ga, Urban Slate to uplift the style of their home!

The expansive house was built in 1993 and sits atop the rolling hills in Kalama Washington. It originally sported a teal green metal roof, that was in need of replacement. Typically, metal roofs will last for decades if not the life of the building, however, unique conditions resulted in the premature failure of the primer below the roof’s topcoat color.

The original finish, a teal color, was selected at the time to provide a complementary hue to its surrounding environment and add to a (then) contemporary theme. The replacement of this roof not only provided an opportunity to address the aesthetic issues of the roof system but to update the style of the home for the 21st century. Check out the videos to see the transformation!

Part 3 – Project Completion
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Historically, some metal paint systems, such as this project, featured an epoxy primer that was sensitive to UV light degradation in certain applications. When used in conjunction with more opaque pigments, such as blues and greens, UV degradation broke down the primer beneath the topcoat, leading to a loss of paint adhesion and ultimately the unsightly loss of paint as seen in the project photos. While this does not impact the performance of the roof against the elements, in this instance it provides an unsightly eye sore that detracts from this beautiful home. Today, modern metal paint systems such as the one used on our Design Span metal roofing panels feature urethane primers, rather than epoxy which does not exhibit the same weakness towards UV degradation.

To learn more about the coating/painting process check out our blog, “What’s Behind the Paint”

What Can I Learn About The Color Choice?

Despite the availability of modern, durable primers, the color selected for this project features the unique, primerless Eternal Collection in a blue-gray color called Urban Slate. The advantage of this type of painted metal is the translucent finish provides a deeper color that changes dynamically with daylight. Furthermore, its unique composition enables the metal spangle underneath to be slightly apparent uplifting home curb appeal. As you can see in the images of the completed roof, the color completely transforms this home.

The Eternal Collection also features the added strength of ZINCALUME®, a corrosion protection barrier applied to the steel before it is painted. ZINCALUME provides superior corrosion protection and carries a robust protection warranty.

To learn more about the Eternal Collection explore here. To get samples of your own of this fantastic finish, submit your sample request here.

Eternal Collection® Product Sheet PDF 

Design Span® hp

AEP Span’s Design Span® hp roofing product was selected for its clean line appearance and ease of installation. Design Span metal roofing is a performance-rated structural standing seam metal roofing system. This type of high-performance metal roof is attached to the structure using specialty clips rather than nailed directly. This provides greater performance against snow and wind loads and offers improved thermal movement properties. Allowing for thermal movement means that it provides the roof with greater opportunity to expand and contract with changing weather temperatures without compromising weather tightness. Allowing for thermal movement also helps reduce the appearance of visual imperfections such as oil canning.

Design Span features a 1 and ¾ inch rib height which provides crisp clean lines and a more pronounced rib shadow to add to the curb appeal of the home. To learn more about Design Span HP, click here.

As can be seen in the pictures and video, the re-roof project is complete. The new roof completely modernizes the feel of the home without clashing with its environment and the existing materials and features of the home.

If you are searching for guidance on how to modernize the look of your home with a new metal roof, check out our Product Guide or Ask AEP Span.  You can find all of our specialty finishes including the other Eternal Collections colors by checking out our Metal Color Design Guide.


Panel:  Design Span® hp

Color: Urban Slate (Eternal Collection®)

Type: Reroof

Roof Age: 27 years

Location: Kalama, WA