Existing metal roof-Repair or Replace

Guest User
1/8/2008
Our home was built in 1988 (3rd owner) in a traditional "cracker" style house with a metal roof. A "cracker" house (if you are not familiar with) is a ranch house with a covered porch the entire length of the house. They traditionally have a roof of metal panels. The panels are fastened direcly to the trusses of the medium pitch roof with no insulation, sheeting or anything else between it and the ceiling with blown in insulation beneath. There are several panels showing a great deal of rust, and the rest look OK. One area that has a slight pitch change in the roof leaks every time it rains. (I have a bucket under it in the attic to prevent further damage). A couple of other areas leak when there is high wind. Is there any reason to think this could be repaired rather than replaced? What would replacement involve? Can one metal roof be installed over another? If so, would it be advisable. Thanks.
Todd Miller
Classic Products, Inc.
1/8/2008
I have a hunch that repairing this would cost as much as replacing and in the end you would still have a pretty old roof. This roof would have to come off to be replaced. Decking could be put down or there are some metal roofs that could go over battens running horizontally.
Guest User
1/9/2008
Thanks for the quick reply and your advice. Joe Tampa
Todd Miller
Classic Products, Inc.
1/13/2008
Good luck. You're welcome.
Brian Selig
Architectural Building Components Metal Roof and Wall Panels
1/15/2008
As you are aware, you are vulnerable to some severe wind and rain. Local codes are typically more involved than in other places. That said, there are benefits to roofing over the existing metal. It offers a safer and swifter install for the contractor. It offers the opportunity to add additional insulation. If you do choose to replace, I would recommend checking out Roofhuggers. It seems to me that you have a bad transition that would likely require removal of a large portion of existing panels to fix. Roofhugger may be able to provide some good contractors in your area to assist you as well.
Todd Miller
Classic Products, Inc.
2/6/2008
Thanks Brian.
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