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Old 12-19-2011, 03:47 PM   #1
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When handling and installing metal roofing material in bad weather like rain or high winds, what precautions need to be taken?

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High wind and sheet metal? Kevlar...full body kevlar

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When handling and installing metal roofing material in bad weather like rain or high winds, what precautions need to be taken?
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Pay close attention to the above advice it is Golden. Go find something else to do.
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OK, the consensus is: high winds and rain = come back another day. HOWEVER, (and yes I am being serious) what about easier weather conditions (mist, lighter winds, not-so-cold temps)? And how do these elements affect other building materials like SEALANTS?

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Very few sealants can be applied to wet surfaces - they do exist, but may be hard to find depending on your area. Make sure any sealants you use are rated for exterior use or preferably roofing applications - this mainly just means they can handle the UV rays from the sun, and extreme temp changes, which can break down non-rated sealants within a few months.

You should REALLY avoid being on the metal roofing at all though when its wet - its VERY slippery when its new. If there is any possible way to avoid it, put the safety of yourself and crew above timeline. If you MUST finish a job due to the interior of the house getting wasted by weather, make sure you use proper harnessing/roping techniques to keep your crew from falling off.

Light winds - you might need 2 guys handling the sheet on the ground - one guy is going to have trouble holding onto a sheet in any wind by himself. Damaged metal roof sheets really hurt any timeline as in most cases you can't get a replacement for a week, and you have all sorts of time/gas$ tied up in going to pick it up.

not so cold temps - I've always put up roofing for my own/family projects in the spring/fall during mild temperatures. My logic is with expansion/contraction, I want to to be in the middle of the cycle, so the fasteners aren't stressed too much during summer or winter. Does this actually make a difference - I don't know, but I don't have to be on the roof in freezing cold or stupid hot heat with my theory :-)
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Why do I get the feeling we aren't being told everything about the subject location? Why do I get the feeling this structure is being built hanging from a cliff while the ocean pounds the rocks below and waves project in all directions and mist prevails everywhere? Why do I get this feeling?
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Thanks again to all for the feedback, especially test strips. A hidden subject location? Nope, trust me, I am simply looking for install in bad weather info. Even though the whole "cliff dweller" thing does sound kinda interesting.
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Except teststrip you are wrong on your second point. Both new AND wet panels offer better traction than installed or dry. Once installed and they get that film of dust on them, they are slick as hell. And if you have the right boots you can run all over wet panels.
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Except teststrip you are wrong on your second point. Both new AND wet panels offer better traction than installed or dry. Once installed and they get that film of dust on them, they are slick as hell. And if you have the right boots you can run all over wet panels.
I must have the wrong boots then, because I can't even stay standing on a wet metal roof. I stay off unless its bone dry.
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I would stand on a dusty panel rather then a wet one. Unless its on a 2:12 or something. Anything over 4:12 and wet stay off.
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This one is a blast in the winter!
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That looks like fun!

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