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Hi: I'd appreciate the experts' opinions on the following situation: I have an approximately 15-20 year aluminum shake roof, originally installed over wood shingles. The aluminum shakes are fastened directly to the original roof (in other words, there was no additional support built to which they are attached). A couple large sections of the roof blew off during a moderate wind storm a couple months back. Is it advisable to fix the damaged sections with new shingles, installed the same way as the old ones? Is this an appropriate kind of repair? Is this a repair you would do? How would you address the situation? I gather from the FAQ that certain situations warrant installation over existing roofs, but as far as I could tell there was no discussion of roof repair. Thanks very much for any advice you can provide. John
Todd Miller
Isaiah Industries, Inc.
Most aluminum shake roofs have very proven histories in terms of installations over existing wood shingles. This has been a common practice with some systems for 30 and 40 years. Of course, that said, it's hard to do any "long distance forensics" on your roof to determine what led to this wind damage. It is rather unusual that, after that many years, moderate winds would lead to such damages. Generally, I'd say that just repairing the affected area and going back over the wood shingles is appropriate. However, I'd suggest having an experienced contractor inspect the job and give their opinion. Also, if you'd like to follow up with me "off line" for further discussion, feel free to do so at [email protected] or 1-800-543-8938 ext. 201
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