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Metal roof's last longer, but have more maintenance (painting) I just got a bid to reroof a farmhouse and the contractor proposed $3500 to tear of existing tin roof and reroof in asphalt shingle, but wanted $16,000 to reroof in standing seam metal. I was surprised at the difference, seeing as I priced out materials for both jobs and the difference wasnt that great. (About 10 square in size, with lots of flashing work) Hope this helps, Mike
I have a metal standing seam roof on 5 buildings and they are all at least 100 yrs old. They do require scraping and painting every 7 years or so but if properly maintained they seem to be good for a very long time. I did have to have the metal roof replaced on the back 1/3 of the house. The roofer replaced it with a beautiful new standing seam roof which he made on site using all the old roofing tools. It turned out great. BTW the house and barn still have their original wood shingle roofs under the standing seam and they appear to be in good shape after 160 years or so.
has anyone ever installed a standing seam roof? i have been told that they are better where there is a significant amount of snow(it slides off?), but we have skylights(yes, i know, but building codes nessitated something to add "light and vent", and we had no more place for windows), and i am wondering if you can install a metal roof with skylights, etc. i am also wondering if installing a metal roof is something your avarege "old house web" do it yourselfer can accomplish-we've installed regular shingle roofs before(easy).
metal roof installation requires experts, IMO. there are special tools for crimping the seams together to form a watertight seal. Also, how much insurance do you carry? Standing on a metal roof is very slippery and you could easily slide off. Metal is far less forgiving than asphalt or wood shingles. good luck
I never heard of the bees attraction and I have five standing seam roofs on my farm buildings. Perhaps the bees are related to corrigated metal roofing? The roof is not too slippery unless wet and if you wear sneakers (rubber soled shoes) you have fairly good traction. As indicated the original standing seam roofs do require an expert roofer with all the tools and knowhow. There is a certain amount of soldering involved as well. The new variety of standing seam roofs being installed on new houses seem to come preformed and may be easier to install. I don't see any reason why the standing seam roof can't be installed around skylights. Good Luck, Don
Hello,richard wrote:metal roof installation requires experts, IMO. there are special tools for crimping the seams together to form a watertight seal. Also, how much insurance do you carry? Standing on a metal roof is very slippery and you could easily slide off. Metal is far less forgiving than asphalt or wood shingles. good luck
Thank you for providing this good information.
But I've to know more about IMO. Can you tell me???
Thanks in advance