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Metal roof
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mojo    Posted 10-18-2004 at 04:10:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
I'm hiring some guys to redo my barn roof. It's being redone in metal this time. My question is about skylites. On the sunniest day it's like a cave inside and I need to brighten it up. Do those green panels work well (notleak) and last alright? Are there any alternatives?
Plan is to overlay 2x4s over existing shingles and lay metal on 2x4s. Are they being lazy or will this be alright? Sounds to me like it'll be quieter than just metal.

To give you a better picture; it's a 54'x60' barn with a 33' length up the roof(1x5 pitch if I remember right?).


Simon    Posted 10-18-2004 at 19:13:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
By the way, I would install those opaque fiberglass panels on the outside walls starting at the eaves and extending for the width of the panel - no leaks, and the installation is alot easier that punching a hole in the roof.

simon    Posted 10-18-2004 at 19:07:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
How much is it costing? You can buy the metal from menards cut to fit for around $65 a square. Around here that job would cost $350 a square including the tear-off. If no tear-off (which is the hardest part by far)I'd install myself. Lay 2x4's every 2 feet, nail in to the rafters with pole-barn nails, and screw down the metal. Top with a metal ridge-cap and install raker trim.

Lazy Al    Posted 10-18-2004 at 18:13:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
I had a them put a cap at the peak on my 60 by 70 pole barn that is a fiber glass that lets in alot of light in . Really makes a difference when going in there , I chose that over the panels on the roof and it lets light in across the whole peak .

deadcarp    Posted 10-18-2004 at 06:07:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
the green panels work fine and last about 10 years. they get brittle when the sun beats on them awhile. they'll still hold snow but jeez don't step on them if you're fooling around up there. course they'll hafta saw a hole in the roof to let light in. :)

RayP(MI)    Posted 10-18-2004 at 18:57:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
That's what I've noticed about the fiberglass panels - they don't last long compared to the rest of the roof. You'll be out there putting new in in no time. Better put in some light fixtures!

bob in    Posted 10-18-2004 at 04:17:25       [Reply]  [Send Email]
the 2x4's will give them a positive place to insert the screws to hold the metal on.

mojo    Posted 10-18-2004 at 04:23:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
It's the leaving the old shingles on that I wonder about, but as long as they use long enough screws guess it should be OKay, just seems like...I don't know, I always do things the hard way I guess, I'd remove the shingles if I were doing it myself.

cowgirlj    Posted 10-18-2004 at 07:10:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
Leaving the old shingles on might be a good idea if you are housing animals in there. It will soften the sound of harsh weather hitting the metal roof.
My big ol' Fox Trotter absolutely will not go into the barn if it is raining or hailing out because of the noise. I have seen her stand outside, being half pelted to death by hail, with thunder and lighting slamming all around her, but just would not go in the barn for shelter!

RickyB    Posted 10-18-2004 at 05:05:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
if they tore of the old shingles it would probably double the cost.the green panels work pretty good.make sure they nail the 2x4's real good

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