hip cap needed for Kynar standing seam?

Guest User
6/3/2002
I would like to put a Kynar standing-seam roof on a porch I'm building but I'm not sure about how to finish the hips. I've seen Kynar roof hips finished with caps, but I prefer the look of an old-style copper roof where the seams just terminate at the hips without a covering cap. Can I have the durability and low cost of Kynar with the more traditional hip lines of copper or tin. How do I keep the water out?
Todd Miller
Classic Products, Inc.
6/3/2002
I do not believe that there is a way to do this unless you go to a very heavy standing seam and then weld the hip joints together before the panels are installed. Then you'd have to worry about refinishing (painting) the weld and surrounding area. Nothing is absolutely impossible but I think this would be fairly impractical. I do understand, though, that you're seeking a specific look. Perhaps someone else will have a better idea.
Guest User
6/4/2002
Thanks for your post Todd. How does the hip detail work on a copper roof? Are the standing seams welded where they hit the hip?
Todd Miller
Classic Products, Inc.
6/4/2002
Today's "manufacturer-produced" copper roofs install with the same basic trims and caps as do today's steel and aluminum roofs. Early copper roofs, of course, were hand-formed and there are still contractors doing that type of work today. Copper was chosen for its malleability. Hips on those roofs were seamed either by meeting the panels and creating a raised seam at the hip or by lapping panels from one side over the hip, bringing the other panels to the hip and then soldering them. There are still some folks doing this type of neat work today. Actually, it probably is an option, if you find a real "craftsman" to do the work for you, to create a vertical seam going down the hip corner of a standing seam roof today. This would be a narrow raised seam, similar to the seam that joins the panels together vertically. Again, it would require someone who knows what they are doing. It would also require having a roof where the pitches are the exact same on both sides of the hip line.
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