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Guest User
1/10/2014
Hello Experts, I am a commercial roofing contractor (spray polyurethane foam) who is interested in learning more about adding standing seam to my product lineup. Is there a definative guide to this roof system. I was initially drawn to slate roofing and found Jenkin's "Slate Roof Bible" to live up to it's title. Is there are similar text for your industry? Also, I am somewhat turned off by your industry's use of sealants and butyl tapes. I know from my experience in low-slope roofing that when you rely on sealants it is a recipe for decreased roof life expectancy. I imagine this can happen to a lesser extent with standing seam. Is there a guide/specifications which eliminate these features through soldering and/or more complex hemming? I know that there are probably metal roofs that fail in 15 years (at the penetrations/details) and there are others that go 75+ years. How can I educate myself best?
Info @windowsonwashington.net
An informed customer is our best customer.
1/11/2014
I don't know of a specific book out there but I do agree with you on wanting to avoid consumables and sealants. There are mechanically seamed options in standing seam that avoid that dependency altogether but they are a more specialized application and require specific tools and techniques.
Guest User
1/14/2014
Anybody else have any advice? Thank you to Eric for your response but it is vague and has no real information. Thanks
Info @windowsonwashington.net
An informed customer is our best customer.
1/14/2014
I will defer to the other posters but I would suggest you narrow the scope of your search. If you are opposed to buytl tapes, sealants, and screws, I would narrow my search to clip lock or mechanically seamed metal. Inside of those two options, there are several MRA members that provide those options. If you are looking at lower sloped options (i.e. sub 3:12 pitch), you are going to have to narrow down to the mechanical seamed option.
Todd Miller
Classic Products, Inc.
1/14/2014
Eric is not aware of this but Metal Construction Association has just completed an industry installation guide which will be published and available later this year. It will also be part of an industry-wide work force development program.
Guest User
5/30/2014
We entered into an agreement to have a standing seam roof installed on our house and a detached building in November of 2013. As of 30 May 2014, we have many of the panels installed and some of the ridge covers, but the underlayment is still exposed over about 25% of the house. The delays have been kind of annoying, and the occasional rain has damaged quite a bit of our interior drywall over the past 6 months. We are a little concerned about the installation and would like to get a copy of the Industry Installation Guide referred to above. We would like to be a positive poster child for metal roofs in our neighborhood, but the neighbors are currently a little suspicious. This guide could help convince us (and the neighbors) that we made a good choice (at least in materials). Any chance of getting a 'beta' copy?
Todd Miller
Classic Products, Inc.
5/30/2014
Rick, unfortunately the document is not yet published. It is a huge manual though. If you contact the manufacturer of your roofing, they should have a manual specific to the product installed on your home.
Guest User
5/31/2014
Unfortunately, the roofing manufacturer has not been willing to communicate with the end-user (me). They insist I go through the contractor. The contractor tells me the manufacturer will not talk to him about small, residential jobs like ours. I would be surprised if this is the impression that the Metal Roofing Alliance wants to present to potential customers. Would you like to see some photos of our roof? I'd be happy to share.
Todd Miller
Classic Products, Inc.
5/31/2014
Rick, I am very sorry. A couple of thoughts .... yes, send me photos. My email is [email protected] Once I have your email, I can also send you my company;s manual for standing seam, or send you links for other company's mauls for profiles similar to your roof panels. Also, if you wish, let me know who your manufacturer is and I will try to connect you to someone there who will be more helpful.

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