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Tom A    Posted 11-17-2003 at 05:56:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
My farm-mentor friends are in their mid-80s and have had trouble with shingles on their house since the had it built over 20 years ago. They're on a hill-top and it is windy, although I don't think it is all *that* windy.

The original roof gave them fits, so they had another installed about 8 years ago, and this one is worse...they've already sunk more into individual shingle replacement than they did having the whole roof installed.

Well, they're frustrated and say the guy must have just put junky shingles on, but that doesn't explain why the first set (the best available at the time) didn't hold either. So They've decided to re-roof again come spring. Their only near-neighbor with a similar-aged house has given up and put on a metal roof instead of the shingles, something my friends don't want to do.

I think they had the roof put up at the wrong time of year last time, during very cool weather to save cost, so I think the glue tabs never activated and sealed properly.

Any advice or tricks I can pass on to them? They're great folks on a fixed income and I hate to see them throw good money after bad.

thanks,
Tom A


thanks--good advice!    Posted 11-18-2003 at 05:04:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
I"ll pass along these ideas. I had already tried to "push" a metal roof, as I love mine. But he's dead-set against it ("...Tom, have you ever heard hail on a metal roof?..." answer: yes, and I love the sound) so some of the other ideas will be helpful. I have never heard of "hurricane nailing" or "architectural shingles" and both sound like great ideas.

Anyway, thanks for everyone for your advice,

Tom


ken in maine    Posted 11-17-2003 at 18:34:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
hi tom
up here in maine i am a building contractor, i have seen some asphalt roof shingles that didn't seal properly when they were installed in the winter. The problem was the wind had blown fine sand from across a open field under the tabs of the shingles. On windy sites the shingles should be huricane nailed, that is when you put one nail on each end and two nails above each gusset. You can also reseal the old shingles with some silicone caulking just a dab under each tab is usually enough, it is time consuming and a little pricey but it does do the trick. And as the others have said Metal is the way to go. Have a good one .


d    Posted 11-17-2003 at 17:41:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
No matter what you do, putting shingles on a roof is throwing money away. There are too many options in metal roofs for anybody to waste time on shingles.


raytasch    Posted 11-17-2003 at 16:52:10       [Reply]  [No Email]
Convince them to install a steel roof, installed with screws. I have steel on my house and all out buildings. The only way to go and be problem free. It will be considerably more expensive but what is their piece of mind worth.
ray


Randy    Posted 11-17-2003 at 16:06:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
When I lived in Kansas we used a lot of t-lock shingles. I assume because of the winds there. Maybe they would work for your friends.


Clipper    Posted 11-17-2003 at 07:55:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
Have them take a hard look at the archetical(sp) shingles....they are heavier than the old 3 tabbers...cost a bit more...look 1000% better on ANY roof...best of all there is little to no waste!! They are also much easier to put on!


deadcarp    Posted 11-17-2003 at 07:45:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
tom you're in a pickle cuz sonds like they are down to 2 options - either clean everything off, make sure the sheeting is sound and start rolling tarpaper and shingles again, or talk them into a metal roof with collared 1 1/2" long screws thru the flat part (if the sheeting will hold them) right over the top. i'd spend extra time and go get a sample of painted metal so he can hold it in his hand. it also sounds nice in the rain. and it'll guarantee the rest of their house lasts :)


Bob in CO.    Posted 11-17-2003 at 08:26:29       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Have to agree with Deadcarp here - I have done several places with painted metal and found it to be attractive and durable. Also, it is easy to install. If it is windy, be sure and get it on correct for prevailing wind.


bob    Posted 11-17-2003 at 07:35:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
Tom My son bought a place and it needed new roof to get loan approved .We wanted to put money in escrow and wait till spring but banker didn,t want too so they put them on in zero weather and they sealed have been on 10 years .so don,t know about our thoughts of sealing. only thing in his favor is it is a steep pitch. on my house I had trouble with ends popping off ,.when I reshingled we put the short tab in a ways and had a 1-3 at least on end and ended trouble good luck bob


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