Trying to match a particular standing seam panel

Brian Capouch
9/17/2005
This is my last-ditch hope. I'm trying to match the panels that are on my house. I have seen this kind of panel on many other older buildings around (I live in NW Indiana) but so far haven't had any luck whatsoever finding it. I have had local lumber yards look, and I've burned out my eyes looking at the various metal roof materials online. It has a square rib. I haven't measured it, but it looks like the ribs are about 1' apart on panels that are 4' wide. Picture attached. Another picture is at splurge.peoples-wireless.com/ROOF/metal2.jpg Thanks for any tips or pointers.
Todd Miller
Classic Products, Inc.
9/18/2005
Wow. I like the ridge cap in the other picture. Very attractive. I would guess that your roof dates back to the late 1800s or early 1900s. Quite a testimony to the durability of metal. I am pretty much certain you will not find anyone offering this exact profile today. A couple of companies that specialize in historic metal roofing panels are WF Norman Corp and Conklin Metal Shingles (in Georgia, not Ohio). If you were to contact a local sheet metal shop, they can probably custom-form something for you which will be quite similar in appearance. I am sorry I cannot be of more help.
Guest User
9/21/2005
Your reply did give me some hope. There is a metal shop in the area that I know has done some roof panels for others, as well as some caps. Do you know what I should expect to pay for a shop doing work like this? I've asked around a bit, and am getting conflicting responses. One person said, "Nowadays those shops all have computerized equipment that can match that profile and knock it out in a jiffy. You may not wind up paying them much more than you would pay for stock crimp type panels." The other one whistled and said, "Oh Boy. You have a shop do it and you'd better have some deep pockets." I know the answer will be "it depends," but I wonder what a rational expectation might be. Thanks for your excellent help.
Guest User
9/21/2005
Oops. I thought the "Author:" field was where I would put the author of the message I was replying to. Now I know differently :-)
Todd Miller
Classic Products, Inc.
9/21/2005
You're not the first person to put my name in the "author" area -- quite alright! Regardless of compuertized equipment or not, there will be time involved in figuring out how to make this panel and in programming the controller if they do have a CNC type of machine. The first piece they make will be the most expensive. Subsequent pieces will be less. I am sure you will end up looking at something in the neighborhood of three times the cost of conventional shingles but, look at it this way ... your current roof has been on there probably around 100 years and aren;t you glad someone had the foresight to do that. According to the Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association, the average life expectancy of an asphalt shingle is just 17 years.
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