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Old 07-07-2012, 09:58 PM   #1
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I have a standing seam tin roof, which was professionally installed 15 years ago. The recent storms in Virginia have loosened one section of the roof. As I look from inside the attic I can see where the roof has lifted about an inch from the boards to which they were nailed. From the outside, no nails or screws are visible. Clips were used, which were then covered when the seams were crimped. Also from the outside, some of the paper used for condensation has slipped out from the bottom edge of the tin and is wedged in my gutter. The whole area is about 10-15 feet from the gable and down the full length if the roof - maybe 20 ft (the 2nd floor is 30x32 w/a 5/12 pitch). So, my question is - realizing just pounding the nails in would be insufficient and would most likely cause damage to the tin - could metal to wood collated screws with washers be used? I'm not fond of punching holes in my roof, but I do not have the skill set to remove the roof panels, replace, and recrimp them. Thoughts?

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How loose is the section? The paper can just be pulled out and tossed, btw.

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Middle of a panel? Edge of a panel? Eave? Rake?
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There has not been any play or movement in the roof since the storm. The seams all appear to be intact, there was no leakage from the heavy rains that have followed since the wind. The biggest gap from the cross-boards to the tin in the attic is about an inch. I'm figuring I can use a wood block and hammer to tap the nails back into place from the outside, then use the screws to re-secure the roof.
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Leave it alone. You may never have a leak as it is. It will leak if you put screws in it. You will create a tear or two by beating on it and cause a leak.
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If it was serious, the proper repair would be to unseam the nearest 'good' panel and reinstall as necessary.
And BTW, lots of so called roofers put the panels on close together and they lift as they oilcan when the temp rises.

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It's pretty much the entire lengths of the 2nd, 3rd, & 4th panels from the right side of the roof.
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Wasn't too professionally installed then. They should have withstood an F2 tornado. Or higher. Those need to be removed and replaced.
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Tinner - Thanks for your help. I'll leave it alone.
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I'll call someone on Monday. I'm in the Buena Vista area. Any recommendations?
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I'll get back tomorrow. Gotta situation here at home tonight! lol
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Not for that area. I'm 80 miles out myself.
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Again, Thanks. And good luck with the crisis!
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If you could see the nails from the underside of the roof (in the attic) you might be able to grip them with vise-grips or similar, pull them down and then bend them over. If they are not all the way out of the wood. Just a thought.
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Leave it alone. You may never have a leak as it is. It will leak if you put screws in it. You will create a tear or two by beating on it and cause a leak.
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If you could see the nails from the underside of the roof (in the attic) you might be able to grip them with vise-grips or similar, pull them down and then bend them over. If they are not all the way out of the wood. Just a thought.
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Don't put a screw in it.

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See if you can pull it back in and throw a dab of construction adhesive on the nail shank to keep it from coming back through.

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