Guest User
6/11/2006
My family and I recently moved into a home built in the 1860s. Its in excellent repair with a standard asphalt shingle roof, except on the sun room. The sun room has a metal roof, looks to be tiles (I can see square seams). The paint is mostly gone, but what remains is peeling off in chunks. There is quite a bit of visible surface rust (nothing like rusting through, just the general oxidation you see on something sitting out). In the recent massive rains we've been getting we sprung a small leak (just consistent drip into the middle of the sun room). This is a South facing roof so gets sunlight most of the day pretty directly. So my question goes as such: Is the roof salvageable according to methods I've seen in other posts (power wash, TSP, rust inhibitor, quality paint)? Or will I need to do something more serious to the roof to prevent further leaks? I can see no visible impairments in the metal, so my assumption is that alot of this massive rain has found its way underneath one of the tiles through a seam. And lastly, any suggestions on what color a house in the 1860s would've used on something like this? I was thinking something along the lines of a royal bluish color. Thanks for your help. Shane
Todd Miller
Classic Products, Inc.
6/14/2006
Shane, you may wish to have a metal roofing specialist come look at things to determine whether the roof has hit a point in its life where major repairs are necessary or whether some sort of coating is possible. The coating you described would just paint the roof -- it would offer no "repair" at all. If you google for metal roof restoration, you will also find a variety of elastomeric coatings which do have some "repair" attributes as well.
Guest User
6/14/2006
Thank you. I will see if I can find some reputable restorers in my area to come by and look. Money is an issue at this point though, so while the cheap and now method might not be good for the long term, it'll hopefully get me through awhile until I can better afford something else. :)
Todd Miller
Classic Products, Inc.
6/15/2006
Good luck!
Guest User
6/20/2006
After picking the worst day to go out on a metal roof (90+ degrees, high humidity) and crawling around, I found the problem to be an old tar patch they put on some square holes where I assume an old railing used to be supported from. I reapplied more black plastic roof patch to seal the hole. I will be powerwashing off all of the old silver paint they used in July on my vacation and repainting. The question I have now. Should I stick with the standard silver aluminum paint that was used before or would it be more historically accurate to go with a colored paint? I'm looking for as much heat/light reflection as possible but would like to maintain the 1860s New England mill town house look if at all possible. Any suggestions on colors? Thanks
Todd Miller
Classic Products, Inc.
6/21/2006
I am not sure what an historically accurate color would be -- perhaps a dark red or gray. However, certainly, lighter colors are more efficient. However, too, you can achieve good energy efficiency by having good attic ventilation.
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