Replacing a roof Gerard Roofs around the world
Gerard pressed steel roofs are exported to more than 120 countries, where they protect families and businesses from all types of climatic conditions. The map below is populated with Gerard roof stories from around the world.
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Sydney hail storms no match for Gerard roofs
In Sydney Australia, a severe hail storm on 14 April 1999 produced hail stones reaching 90 mm (3.5 inches) in diameter. During the five-and-a-half hour storm, many slate, clay and concrete tile roofs were cracked and broken. In the photograph, the roof of the house on the right was significantly damaged; the Gerard roof next door retained its weather security, protecting the home and its contents.
California bushfire fails to ignite Gerard roofs
During a major Californian bushfire, flames quickly passed from roof to roof across an entire suburb. However, most homes with steel tile roofs escaped. Gerard roofs have had their fire resistant qualities proven time and time again. Gerard tiles are securely interlocked to prevent hot embers from adjacent fires blowing up into the roof space. They’re also lightweight and strong, so they place less stress on fire-weakened support structures.
Japanese earthquake puts traditional roofs on shaky ground
Measuring 7.2 on the Richter scale, the 1995 Kobe earthquake resulted in widespread devastation. At the time, many traditional Japanese homes had heavyweight concrete or clay tile roofs, which collapsed under their own weight when the framing gave way (see blue tarpaulins in photo). Conversely, homes that had modern lightweight pressed steel roofs survived largely intact - a comforting thought when you live in an earthquake zone.
Jamaican hurricane unable to lift Gerard roofs
When a Jamaican hurricane removed roofing material from many homes, in the middle of the devastation a Gerard roof remained intact. As high winds flow over a roof, strong vertical lifting forces are created, as they are on an aircraft wing. Concrete tiles and long-run iron roofs use vertical fasteners, which simply pull out under the pressure. Gerard roofs are fastened horizontally, at right angles to the lifting forces, so they endure.
Malaysian monsoon rain finds no cracks in Gerard roofs
Homeowners in Malaysia are no strangers to sudden torrential downpours. On one especially wet day, Kota Bharu in Kelantan had 608 mm of rain in just 24 hours. Under such extreme conditions, even small cracks in traditional concrete or clay roof tiles can lead to serious internal damage. That’s why more and more people in Malaysia are choosing a modern, reliable alternative - the lightweight pressed steel roof from Gerard Roofs.
Maldives island resort counters sun and salt with Gerard roofs
For Paradise Island Resort in the Maldives, the endless sun and salt-laden air from the Indian Ocean attract guests in their thousands. However, these very conditions create a harsh and potentially corrosive environment for the resort’s buildings. Gerard tiles are pressed from aluminium-zinc coated steel, then coated with a highly durable satin or textured finish. With this long-term resistance to corrosion, they were a logical choice for this spectacular resort.
Saudi sun and sand puts the heat on Gerard roofs
Tortured by blazing sun, temperatures up to 54 °C, high ultraviolet radiation and occasional sandstorms, homes in Saudi Arabia often have a tough life. Yet even under such extreme conditions, Gerard pressed steel roofs are stubbornly resilient. A key reason is the UV protection technology that’s locked into Gerard’s textured-finish pressed steel roofing. And like customers in every other country, Saudi homeowners have the security of Gerard’s 20-year textured coating warranty.
Atlantic storms test the durability of Gerard roofs
When heavy Atlantic storms batter the French coastline, sea spray carries inland for miles. It clings to everything, including people’s homes. Local builders have discovered that Gerard lightweight pressed steel roofs are perfectly suited to this corrosive environment. They’re made from aluminium-zinc coated steel, which has eight times the corrosive resistance of alternative steel roofing products, and sealed with a unique polymer coating. Gerard roofs have a 50-year weatherproof warranty, even in coastal areas.
Gerard roofs resist the destructive power of Caribbean cyclones
People in the Dominican Republic enjoy a pleasant tropical climate. But occasionally, cyclones visit, with winds of up to 280 km/hr. In recent years, many homeowners in the republic have shown a preference for the modern lightweight pressed steel roof from Gerard Roofs. Because each tile is horizontally fixed with multiple fasteners, Gerard roofs are significantly more secure in high winds than vertically fixed roofs, such as concrete tiles or long-run.
Ukraine church restoration selects Gerard roof
Located in Chesnyky village, Michael the Archangel Church - which dates back to the 1500s - has survived centuries of relentless climatic conditions and periods of political unrest. Today, the monument contains valuable architectural features, religious artifacts, a mausoleum, a stone wall protecting the church and a bell tower with a three-arcade wall. To protect these precious relics from the elements, local restoration authorities selected a Gerard lightweight pressed steel roof.