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Tin roof not drinking kind either
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fredo.    Posted 10-23-2003 at 18:44:32       [Reply]  [Send Email]
to miss cindi or anyone thinking about a metal roof on my house [bright blue]. any tricks or suggestions welcome. thank you.

Tom A    Posted 10-24-2003 at 03:00:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
I've got metal roof on all my buildings, house and barn. The roof on the old house appears to be original--over 100 years old. We've been in lots of other houses with lots of other roof materials, but I like the tin best.

Use screws during installation rather than nails. They're more expensive up front, but last longer and are lower maintenance in the long run. If you have an existing metal roof, as you do periodic maintenance (loose nails), pull the loose ones out and replace with screws.

Don't let slightly loose nails go. The will stay up there a long time--years or even decades--with no apparent damage at all, but what really happens is that tiny bits of rain get under the nail/screw heads and down the shaft and cause wood damage so repairs become more difficult and costly.

Periodic painting (5-10 years or so) helps keep the roof lasting forever.

Doing some replacement work on some neglected outbuildings, I discovered that the older roofing material is much thicker than even the "heavy duty" stuff they're selling today...maybe twice as heavy. So I guess we'll never get 100+ years of service out of the new. But buy the thickest you can afford because it will last longer.

Now some engineering geek stuff: I'm not convinced any color is "better" than or the other is probably better based on strictly local conditions. Lighter colors do, in fact, not absorb as much energy from sunlight and convert it to heat so they'll stay slightly cooler in the sun. However, they also do not reradiate or "give back" the heat that they do absorb anywhere near as fast as darker colors! Black will absorb lots of sunlight and convert it to heat, but when the sun goes down it cools much faster than a light color does. That's all fact. Now my supposition based on that is that if you're in an area with longer, sunnier, hotter days, that a light colored roof is probably better; but if you have less sun or lots of cool nights then a dark color is probably right. That is why, I believe, some areas have light/white roofs traditionally and others have black.

Anyway, as I said, I like my metal roof and would recommend it.

good luck,

Willy-N    Posted 10-23-2003 at 21:48:48       [Reply]  [No Email]

All my Roofs are Steel and Blue also. I love a Metal roof. Snow slides off real nice and they look good to! Great for better Fire Protection. Might think of bolting a ladder flat on the roof to get to the Chimney for cleaning it out. Best thing I put on the roof for safteys sake. Just space it up off the metal so the snow can melt under it. I just step out the bedroom upstairs window on top of the porch climb a short ladder also bolted in place and onto the one on the roof. They are alum so no rust or paint needed. Mark H.

fredo.    Posted 10-23-2003 at 22:51:32       [Reply]  [Send Email]
pretty place there. that building on the left, is that your shop area? do you farm also? curous!!!

Willy-N    Posted 10-24-2003 at 07:05:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
The big building on the left is the 48 x 60 Barn I had built for my Daughters 15 Cows she has. There is a small building on the right top (26 x 32) that is the first Barn I built and she grew out of it, the 2-Bulls stay there when not needed. Behind the house is a 24 x 48 shop 1/2 is for my wifes bussiness and the other haft for storage. There is one more building near the house and it is 20 X 24 that is MY SHOP I do my stuff in. I think I am done with the buildings the Assesors had to much fun the last time he came out. I am adding 20 more acers to the 40 I have to the left of the barn if they ever let me know if they like my offer on it! This way my Daughter will have enought pasture to deal with the Cows she is raising. Mark H.

Dave Munson, mid illinois    Posted 10-23-2003 at 19:51:43       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I read an article a short while back. The theme was dark colored metal roofs are energy efficient. Color makes the difference easier to cool or easier to heat.

Cindi    Posted 10-23-2003 at 20:04:29       [Reply]  [No Email]
I hadn't heard that one. I always heard that the lighter the color, white or mill finish, the better for the radiant factor.

Energy wise, metal roofs have everything going for them. The metal cools down quicker at night as opposed to asphalt shingles or concrete tile, which hold the heat long after the sun has gone down. It's the same principle as cooking with a cast iron skillet or an aluminum one. Which cools off faster? The thin lightweight one or the heavy one? Plus with the radiant factor during the day, bouncing the sun off, it helps keep the attic cooler.

Plus being screwed down metal roofs are much more resistant to high winds than nails on shingles or mortar on tiles. Plus, hail won't penetrate. It'll ding and it'll dent but it won't rupture and compromise the interior of your house by letting water in. Well, I suppose it would if the hail got big enough, but it would have to be really big. If I bought a regular house that didn't have a metal roof, it would be the first thing I would correct.

Cindi    Posted 10-23-2003 at 19:31:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
Fredo are you going to put it on yourself?

There's basically two kinds. Exposed fastener and concealed fastener, the concealed fastener (standing seam)system is a little more expensive. The exposed fastener (5V crimp) is just as durable, but you can see the screw heads, however they will be made to match no matter what color you decide to go with.

We had the 5V crimp mill finish on our house and I liked it just fine, the screw heads didn't bother me a bit. If you have a simple gable roof you could probably put it on very easily yourself. You just order the panels to size and enough screws per specs to meet your local building codes. You should be able to get a material requirement sheet from the manufacturer which will tell you how to order ridge cap, what kind of ridge vent would be best, etc.

We bought a lot of our material from MBCI. I have attached a link to their residential color charts, but I didn't see a 'bright' blue.

bulldinkie    Posted 10-23-2003 at 19:18:11       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hi we have standing seam metal roof is that what you mean.I like ours especially when you re in bed and its raining oh my can you sleep. Although I was told fireman dont like them because it makes it bad for fighting fires. The fire is basically trapped under roof.

fredo.    Posted 10-23-2003 at 19:54:40       [Reply]  [Send Email]
don't know if you have ever seen michigan st. police cars [trooper blue]. thats the color i'm trying to get. haven't made up my mind about either type seam yet. thanks a lot for the info.
oh bye the bye i enjoy your stories cindi. ben awhile since we had teenagers in our home my four kids have grandkids. i have two girls and two boys 5yrs between youngest 45 and oldest 51 in nov. if we would of had the boys first there probly wouldent have ben any girls. according to the misses.

Cindi    Posted 10-23-2003 at 20:06:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
Lol! I can relate to the misses. I love my boy with all my heart but he does put me through the mill.

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