In Springdale, AR, customers flock to the popular Panaderia Ayala (Ayala Bakery) to enjoy the Mexican-style sweets and other baked items. When the Ayala family opened their newly constructed facility in 2009, in keeping with their tradition of good taste, they chose a Met-Tile metal-tile-facsimile roof system for the roof. Met-Tile is a product of McElroy Metal.
According to officials at Caesar’s Construction Co. of Rogers, AR, the general contractor and roofing installer for the project, the owner wanted a Mission-style roof that would be in keeping with the business’s Mexican heritage. They initially planned to use terra cotta tile, but the trusses as designed would not support the heavy weight load.
ABC Supply, also of Rogers, introduced the contractor to the Met-Tile system, which combines the look of Mission tile with the light weight of metal roofing – around 100 lb per square, which is just a fraction the weight of real tile. Based on this combination of aesthetics and performance, the contractor and owner agreed that Met-Tile would be an excellent choice for the project.
"Met-Tile has many green features that contribute to the sustainability of this project,” notes Terry Holman, Met-Tile’s president. “Because of the light weight, the roof panels could be installed with no need for added structural support – saving on materials as well as cost. Met-Tile is also an ENERGY STAR® cool roof product, so in warm weather it saves energy by reflecting away sunlight to keep the building cooler underneath – a very important consideration with a bakery.”
Holman also notes that the Met-Tile system is made of steel with partially recycled content, and can be repainted instead of replaced after a number of years. If and when the roof eventually is replaced, the material can be recycled.
The project uses approximately 7,000 sq. ft. of the 3’-wide, 26-gauge steel panels. Panel lengths ranged from 2’ to 20’. The ENERGY STAR finish is a Mission Clay SMP paint system manufactured by Becker Specialty Corp. The panels were installed over a wood deck and standard underlayment.
The project’s architect of record was Ozark Architecture, located in Springdale.