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Old 04-11-2008, 11:53 AM   #1
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I am considering a residential steel roof instead of shingles and would like to know anyones experience with metal roofing. My concern is the fasteners getting loose through freeze/heat expansion and contraction and causing leaks and the deterioration of the gaskets . The sheathing is planks so there are gaps for the water to get in if it leaks.
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Location? We install metal roofs and use a classic pro panel on nearly all installs. We screw them down on the high ribs only, allowing a screw to slightly "flex" with any movement of the panel. The wind screws or eve screws (same thing, different terminology) are double screwed in the flats either side of the ribs. On the last several roofs, we have been installing solar guard insulation, reflective side up, and this reduces the heat gain in the summer.
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Location is Saskatchewan Canada where it can go from 110 in the summer to 40 below in the winter. Do you caulk the fasteners as a standard practice?
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Nope...the neoprene washers are good, just do not over torque them. They are supposed to last for the life of the roof, if installed correctly.
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Ive never installed a metal roof but I have lived in a few places that had them and a few with shingle roofs we never had any problems with the metal roofs as far as leaking and they've lasted to this day without problems, as for shingle ones well not as long. There is a few things you should think about when installing a metal roof.
1. they are louder when it rain then shingle roofs
2. they are less mat in the winter months as they shed the snow off the roof themselves
3. this shedding of the accumulated snow can be caused by a door slamming or at any given time so make sure a door or decking is not under where the load dumps
4.if you ever have to be on the roof for any repairs and its slightly wet you can slide of easily.
5. if it ever hails in your area plan on not sleeping to much that night (lol)
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